How do you quickly turn your HomeKit accessories on or off, or access options like intensity and color for your connected lights? With the new Home panel in Control Center!

Control Center has multiple panels in iOS 10, and one of them is packing brand-new functionality โ€” 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.

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!.

How to access Control Center

Control Center can be accessed from anywhere, including the Lock screen, Home screen, and from inside apps. It's always available, and always in the same way.

  1. Touch the bezel below the screen.
  2. Swipe your finger up onto the screen. (i.e. swipe up.)

How to switch Control Center panels in iOS 10

Control Center in iOS 10 has been split up into three separate panels. You can switch between them with a swipe. The Home panel is on the right.

  1. Touch and hold your finger down on the current Control Center panel.
  2. Swipe from right to left to go from Control to Now Playing, swipe from right to left again to go to Home.

How to turn on or off HomeKit accessories in Control Center

With the new Control Center, you can turn on your HomeKit accessories with just a tap.

  1. Touch and hold your finger down on the current Control Center panel.
  2. Swipe from right to left to go from Control to Now Playing, swipe from right to left again to go to the Home panel, if you're not already there.
  3. Tap the accessory to toggle it on or off.

How to change options for Home accessories in Control Center

If you have 3D Touch on an iPhone 6s or later, you can access additional options for your Home accessories.

  1. Touch and hold your finger down on the current Control Center panel.
  2. Swipe from right to left to go from Control to Now Playing, swipe from right to left again to go to the Home panel, if you're not already there.
  3. Press firmly (3D Touch) on the accessory to pop up additional options.

How to re-order you favorite accessories in Control Center

The order your accessories appear in the Home panel of Control Center reflects the way they're arranged in the Home app. So, to change the order in Control Center, you need to change it in the Home app.

  1. Launch the Home app from the Home screen.
  2. Tap on Edit at the top right.
  3. Drag your accessories into your preferred order.
  4. Tap on Done at the top right.

Any Control Center questions?

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