Use Control Center on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

With a swipe of your finger, Control Center gives you instant access to the Camera, Calculator, AirPlay, and more.

Open Control Center

Swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.


Close Control Center

Swipe down, tap the top of the screen, or press the Home button.


If you want to change how you access Control Center on your device, go to Settings > Control Center.

Quickly change settings and open apps

With Control Center, you can quickly access multiple settings and apps.

Airplane mode
Airplane Mode: Use Airplane Mode to instantly turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and cellular connections on your iOS device.

Wi-Fi: Turn on Wi-Fi to browse the web, stream music, download movies, and more.

Bluetooth: Connect to headphones, car kits, wireless keyboards, and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.

Do Not Disturb
Do Not Disturb: Silence calls, alerts, and notifications that you receive while your device is locked.

Mute: Quickly mute a song, movie, and more with a swipe and a tap.1

Portrait Orientation Lock
Portrait Orientation Lock: Keep your screen from rotating when you move your device.

Adjust brightness
Adjust brightness: Adjust the brightness of your display from any screen.

AirPlay Mirroring: Stream music, photos, and video wirelessly to Apple TV and other AirPlay-enabled devices. Learn what to do if you don't see AirPlay.

AirDrop: Instantly share your photos, videos, locations, and more with other Apple devices nearby.

Night Shift
Night Shift: Turn on to shift the colors in your display to the warmer end of the spectrum.

Flashlight: The LED flash on your camera doubles as a flashlight, so you can get extra light when you need it.2

Alarms and Timer
Alarms and Timer: Set an alarm, timer, or stopwatch, or check the time in another country or region.

Calculator: Tap numbers and functions in Calculator, just like a standard calculator.2


Camera: Never miss a moment to take a picture with quick access to your camera.




Use Quick Actions

If you have an iPhone 6s or later, you can use 3D Touch to perform Quick Actions in Control Center. Just press deeply on the following apps and choose a Quick Action.


Choose Bright Light, Medium Light, or Low Light.


Set the Timer for 1 Minute, 5 Minutes, 20 Minutes, or 1 Hour.


Take a Photo, Record Slo-mo, Record Video, or Take a Selfie.

Swipe to control more

Control Center organizes features, like settings, audio, and your HomeKit accessories, into different cards.


Control audio

Swipe Control Center left to find the card with audio controls. From here, you can quickly play, pause, and control volume of your favorite song, podcast, and more. If you set up your iOS device with speakers, headphones, Apple TV, or another audio device, tap  to switch the audio output.


Control your home

If you set up accessories in the Home app, swipe left twice over Control Center to find the card with Home controls. From here, you can control your favorite home devices and scenes from anywhere.

  1. Available on iPad only.
  2. Available on iPhone and iPod touch only.
Published Date: 2017-04-18