How to access and start using iOS 7 Control Center

Control Center, one of the major new features in iOS 7, lets you quickly access your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad Settings, adjust brightness, control media playback, get to AirDrop and AirPlay, and rapidly get to flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera. All at the flick or tap of a finger. Here's how it works!

How to access Control Center on iPhone or iPad

By default, Control Center is accessible from the Lock screen, Home screen, or from within any app you're running on iOS 7, at any time. From the Lock screen, Home screen, or any standard (non full-screen video, game, etc.), you can bring up Control Center with a single swipe:

  1. Place your finger below the screen (on the bezel)
  2. Slide your finger up onto the screen to reveal Control Center

If you're in a full screen app - watching a video, playing a game, etc. - iOS will try to prevent you from accidentally triggering Control Center, and interrupting what you're doing, by requiring two swipes to bring it up.

  1. Place your finger below the screen (on the bezel)
  2. Slide your finger up onto the screen
  3. When the grabber appears, place your finer on it
  4. Slide your finger up onto the screen to reveal Control Center

How to use Control Center on iPhone and iPad

The top level of Control Center lets you quickly toggle Settings. Tap any icon to switch between on (white) and off (black).

  • Airplane Mode
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Screen orientation lock

Screen Brightness is controlled by moving the slider left for darker and right for brighter.

Media playback - music, podcasts, videos, etc. - lets you skip back, rewind (by hold down on skip back), play or pause, skip forward, or fast forward (by holding down on skip forward). You can also scrub through by using the slider, dragging left for backwards, right for forward.

Tapping AirDrop lets you choose between making yourself available to no one (off), your contacts only, or everyone.

Tapping AirPlay lets you choose between your device and any other available sources, such as Apple TV or Airport Express, etc.

The top level of Control Center lets you access:

How to get more help with Control Center

If you have additional questions, or need some more help with Control Center or iOS 7, check out the following resources!