How do you quickly change volume, jump backwards and forwards, or AirPlay your audio to a different speaker? With the new Now Playing tab in Control Center!

Control Center's audio game has leveled up in iOS 10 for iPhone or iPad. 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.

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 to Now Playing.

Control Center in iOS 10 has been split up into three separate panels. You can switch between them with a swipe. Now Playing is the middle panel.

  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.
  3. Swipe from left to right to go from Home to Now Playing.

How to get to the Now Playing app from Control Center

If you're playing audio from an app like Music or Podcasts, or an App Store app, you can get back to the app playing it with just a tap.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Tap the cover art or media description to go straight to the app that's playing it.

Note: If you're on the Lock screen, and you have Touch ID or a passcode enabled, you'll need to authenticate before you can unlock your iPhone or iPad and get to the app.

How to scrub through what's playing in Control Center

If you want to jump to an earlier or later position in your song, audio book, or podcast, you can drag the scrubber to exactly that spot.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Touch and hold your finger on the Track Position slider and:
    • Drag left to go back (rewind)
    • Drag right to forward (fast forward)
  4. Let go to resume playing.

How to play/pause from Control Center

Once you've started audio playing on your iPhone or iPad, you can pause and resume playback at any time.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Tap the Play/Pause button to halt or resume playback.

How to skip back or rewind from Control Center

You can skip back a track, rewind, or jump back 15 seconds if you missed something in a podcast.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Tap the Back button to skip or jump back.
  4. Touch and hold the Back button to rewind.

How to skip head or fast forward from Control Center

You can skip to the next track, fast forward, or jump ahead 15 seconds if you want to skip something in a podcast.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Tap the Forward button to skip or jump back.
  4. Touch and hold the Forward button to rewind.

How to change volume in Control Center

You can make what you're listening to softer or louder, from anywhere, with just a swipe.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Touch and hold your finger on the Volume slider and:
    • Drag left to lower the volume (make softer).
    • Drag right to increase the volume (fast louder).
  4. Let go to set the new volume.

How to AirPlay media from Control Center

AirPlay isn't just for video. You can also use AirPlay to beam audio to your Apple TV, AirPort Express-connected speakers, or any speakers with AirPlay built-in.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom bezel onto the screen to bring up Control Center.
  2. Swipe from right to left to get to the Now Playing panel, if you're not there already.
  3. Tap the Audio Destination button at the bottom.
  4. Select the device name you want to AirPlay audio to.

Any Control Center questions?

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