Control Center in iOS 11

iOS 11 has redesigned Control Center with more customizations than ever before!

If you've recently updated to iOS 11, you might have discovered that Control Center looks completely different from what it did before. It's still just as useful as ever, but now theres more customization options and you don't have to swipe left to access more controls. Here's how to use Control Center in iOS 11.

Note: This guide is specifically for using Control Center in iOS 11. Looking for Control Center in iOS 10? Check out our full guide to Control Center in iOS 10.

How to enable Control Center on your Lock screen

Control Center on your Lock screen might be off by default. If you don't see it when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, check to make sure it's not disabled.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Touch ID and Passcode.

    Tap Settings, then tap Touch ID and Passcode

  3. Enter your Passcode if prompted.
  4. Scroll down and turn the Control Center switch on.

    Enter your Passcode, then turn on Control Center on Lock screen

How to access Control Center

You can access Control Center from any screen on your iPhone and iPad, including while your in an app or playing a game. All you have to do is swipe up!

  1. Touch the very bottom edge of the screen.
  2. Swipe your finger up toward the top of the screen.

    Swipe up from the bottom of the screen

That's it! Just make sure you start at the bottom edge of the screen.

How to customize Control Center

Control Center iOS 11

In the redesigned Control Center, you have the ability to choose what tools you want and don't want. You won't be able to make changes to Airplane mode, cellular, wi-fi, Bluetooth, audio playback, Lock screen rotation, Do Not Disturb, screen mirroring, screen brightness, and volume controls. This controls remain in Control Center.

You can, however, add or remove Flashlight, Timer, Camera, Home, Screen Recording, Calculator, Do Not Disturb While Driving, Notes, Wallet, Accessibility Shortcuts, Alarm, Apple TV Remote, Guided Access, Low Power Mode, Magnifier, Stopwatch, Text Size, and Voice Memos.

How to customize Control Center

How to disable Control Center on the Lock screen

If you don't want Control Center access on your Lock screen, you can disable it entirely. That way, no one will be able to use any of your iPhone or iPad controls without unlocking it first.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Touch ID and Passcode.

    Tap Settings, then tap Touch ID and Passcode

  3. Enter your Passcode if prompted.
  4. Scroll down and turn the Control Center switch off.

    Enter your Passcode, then turn off Control Center on Lock screen

How to disable access to Control Center from within apps

You may not be able to disable Control Center on the Lock screen, but you can turn off access within apps.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Control Center.
  3. Turn the Access Within Apps switch off.

    Tap Settings, then tap Control Center, then turn on access within apps

Everything you can do with Control Center

Control Center iOS 11

Now that there are a couple dozen Control Center controls available, you're probably wondering what each of them do. We have a comprehensive list of every control, what they do, and how you can use them.

Everything you can do with Control Center in iOS 11

Any questions?

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