How do you quickly access settings, apps, now playing, and your HomeKit accessories, any time, from anywhere? With Control Center on your iPhone and iPad!

Control Center swipes up from the bottom of the screen on your iPhone or iPad, and lets you quickly access everything from common settings and app functions to audio controls and now, with iOS 10, your HomeKit accessories. That makes all your most common controls instantly available from anywhere, at any time. There's even support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s and later, so you can not only toggle, but fine tune many of your settings and accessories as well.

This guide covers changes to Control Center for iOS 10. Looking for help with the previous version? Here's our ultimate guide to Lock screen for iOS 9!.

Apple's 2016 software updates — iOS 10, watchOS 3, tvOS 10, and macOS Sierra — are currently available as closed developer previews or as public betas for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. (Sadly, no public beta for the Apple Watch or tvOS this year.) While the betas contain new features, they also contain pre-release bugs that can prevent the normal use of your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, Apple TV, or Mac, and are not intended for everyday use on a primary device. That's why we strongly recommend staying away from the developer previews, and using the public betas with caution. If you depend on your devices, wait for the final release this fall.

How to quickly access settings and apps with Control Center

With Control Center, you can access some of the most important controls on your iPhone or iPad, from anywhere, with just a swipe and a tap. That includes airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, do not disturb, orientation lock, brightness, AirPlay screen sharing, AirDrop file sharing, flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera. With 3D Touch, you can even set how bright you want the flashlight and how long you want the timer.

How to use Now Playing with Control Center

Control Center's audio game has leveled up. Now Playing now has its own panel, complete with artwork, information, scrubber, skippers, play and pause, volume, and output source. There's no 3D Touch like there is for the other panels, but there's still a ton of functionality for songs, audio books, and podcasts at your fingertips.

How to use Home with Control Center

Control Center also has a brand new panel with brand new functionality — Home. If you're thinking that means easy swipe and tap control over all your HomeKit accessories, then you're thinking right! And if you have 3D Touch, you can do more than just toggle accessories on or off: You can access options like light intensity and color.

Any Control Center questions?

If you have any trouble using Control Center, or any additional questions, drop them in the comments below!