Use Control Center on your Apple Watch

Swipe up to check your battery, connect to headphones, silence your watch, and more. 


How to 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.

How to close Control Center

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

Check your battery and other settings

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

100% battery power.

Check your battery power and turn on Power Reserve or Low Power Mode.

Active cellular connection. 

Turn cellular on or off if your Apple Watch has cellular.

Airplane Mode button turned on.

Turn Airplane Mode on or off. 

Silent Mode turned on. 

Turn Silent Mode on or off. 

Do Not Disturb turned on.

Turn Do Not Disturb or a Focus option, such as Sleep, on or off.

Lock button from Apple Watch Series 1 or earlier.

Lock your Apple Watch.1

Water Lock button from Apple Watch Series 2 or later.

Use Water Lock to prevent accidental taps.2

Find iPhone button. 

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

Flashlight button. 

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

Theater Mode turned on. 

Turn Theater Mode on or off.3

Wi-Fi turned on and connected. 

Disconnect from Wi-Fi on Apple Watch models that have cellular.

Bluetooth turned on and connected. 

Connect to an audio device.

Walkie-Talkie turned on. 

Turn availability for Walkie-Talkie on or off.

Enter Schooltime mode.4

Check your headphone level and adjust the volume of your headphones if you're listening to audio from your Apple Watch or iPhone.

Turn Announce Notifications on or off if you have headphones connected to your Apple Watch.

Adjust text size in apps that support Dynamic Type.


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 or a Focus

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. 

The Do Not Disturb button also shows Focus options such as Driving, Sleep, and any custom Focus options that you've set up.

Buttons being rearranged in control center.

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. 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.

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. This turns on Silent Mode and the screen stays dark until you tap or press a button. You can also wake your watch screen gradually by turning the Digital Crown.

4. To add this button to Control Center, scroll to the bottom, then tap Edit. Tap the add button  on the Schooltime button, then tap Done.

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