Use Control Center on your Apple Watch

With one swipe up, you can check your battery and settings. Then you can connect to a speaker, silence your watch, and more. 

Open Control Center

Touch and hold the bottom of the watch face. Wait for Control Center to show, then swipe up. You can open Control Center from any screen. 

Close Control Center

Swipe down from the top of the watch face. Or press the Digital Crown.

Check your settings and battery

At a glance, you can see which settings are on or off and tap to change them. 

Battery Percentage button showing 100%

Check your battery power or turn on Power Reserve.

cellular icon

Turn cellular on or off.1

orange Airplane Mode button

Turn Airplane Mode on or off. 

Silent Mode button

Turn Silent Mode on or off. 

Moon or Do Not Disturb button

Turn Do Not Disturb on or off. Learn about Do Not Disturb

Lock button

Lock your Apple Watch.4

Water Lock button

Use Water Lock to prevent accidental taps.2

iPhone button

Play a sound if you can't find your iPhone. Or touch and hold to flash its light. 

flashlight icon

Turn on the flashlight. To turn off the flashlight, swipe down.

Theater masks icon

Turn Theater Mode, or Theatre Mode, on or off. This setting turns on Silent Mode, and the screen stays dark until you tap or press a button.3

Check your connection

At the top of Control Center, you can see if your Apple Watch is connected to Wi-Fi, cellular, or your iPhone. Learn how your Apple Watch connects to other networks and your iPhone.

Use Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb keeps calls and alerts from making sounds or lighting up the screen. Alarms and heart rate notifications still sound. When Do Not Disturb is on, the Moon icon appears at the top of the screen. When you set Do Not Disturb, you can choose from any of these options:

  • On. Do Not Disturb remains on until you turn it off. 
  • On for 1 hour. Do Not Disturb automatically turns off after 1 hour. 
  • On until this evening. Do Not Disturb automatically turns off until 7:00 p.m. 
  • On until I leave. Do Not Disturb automatically turns off after you leave the location on the screen. 
  • On until end of event. Do Not Disturb automatically turns off after the event on the screen. 

Rearrange Control Center

  1. Touch and hold the bottom of the watch face, then swipe up to open Control Center.
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Tap Edit to make the buttons jiggle.
  4. Touch and hold a button until it turns white, then drag it to a new location.
  5. When you’re finished, tap Done or press the Digital Crown.

  1. Available on cellular models of Apple Watch.
  2. Available on Apple Watch Series 2 or later only. Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) aren't suitable for swimming. Learn about water resistance on your Apple Watch
  3. On Apple Watch Series 2 or later, you can also wake your watch by turning the Digital Crown.
  4. If you set a passcode and turned off Wrist Detection, then you can lock your Apple Watch manually using this setting in Control Center. If you didn't set a passcode (or if you set a passcode and turned on Wrist Detection), you won't see this setting.
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