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How to find Control Center and Notification Center on iPhone X

Control Center on iPhone X
Control Center on iPhone X (Image credit: iMore)

The iPhone X introduces several changes to the ways people use their iPhones, including changes for Notification Center and Control Center. While accessing Notification Center remains largely the same Control Center has seen an almost literal 180-degree change in how it's accessed. Previously, you'd swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone to access Control Center, but that gesture on the iPhone X now brings you Home from wherever you are.

Instead, you'll find Control Center alongside Notification Center at the top of your iPhone X. Here's how to access them.

How to find Notification Center on iPhone X

Accessing Notification Center is mostly unchanged from other iPhones, though now there is a specific place that you can't swipe to invoke it.

  1. Make sure your iPhone X's display is on.
  2. Swipe down on the clock or just below the TrueDepth camera to access Notification Center.
  3. Use Notification Center as you would on any other iPhone.

If you're familiar with Notification Center, there's really nothing else to get used to on iOS 11 or the iPhone X. Check out the guide below if you need help using Notification Center.

  • Notification Center: The Ultimate Guide

How to find Control Center on iPhone X

Control Center access has been flipped completely on the iPhone X, moving from the bottom of the screen to the top.

  1. Make sure your iPhone X's display is on.
  2. Swipe down on the right "horn" (where you see the cellular signal, Wi-Fi, and battery indicators) to activate Control Center.
  3. Use Control Center as you normally would.

Control Center received a major redesign in iOS 11. Here's everything you need to know about it.


If you've got any questions about accessing Control Center or Notification Center on the iPhone X let us know in the comments.

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

  • From my short time playing with the X, the Control Center swipedown was the one gesture that bothered me the most. I wish we could use that "downflick" on the gesture bar (currently reserved for reachability) for it instead.
  • I just want the ability to be able to swap which side its on. It's great for right-handed people, but sucks for left-handed people like myself
  • I always find I kiss getting to notifications from the center. I guess I don't start my swipe high enough. So I just do left corner notifications, right corner control center.
    For one handed use, control center isn't very easy to reach but maybe that's why it's the thing they put up there.
  • Are you left handed or right-handed? I thought the Control Center would be ok for right-handed people, but I'm left-handed and I didn't try it out with my right hand whilst I was trying out an iPhone X
  • Great thought.
    I'm right handed, therefore I usually hold my phone in my left hand.
    If that sounds confusing, it's because my right hand is free to do primary hand things like write, unlock doors, open door knobs, make coffee, or whatever. Also touch the screen with my right hand when I can do two-hand operations (phone held in left hand while right hand fingers tap the screen.)
    My anecdotal observation is that most people usually hold their phone in their non-dominant hand but who knows what the mix is? I guess it's just personal preference?
    As to such, it actually would be pretty cool if Apple made an accessibility setting that allows you to reverse these controls since the UI is no longer symmetrical. But who am I kidding? This is Apple and they usually stick to the rule of there is only one way to do it (which I don't exactly disagree with.)
    I'd have to say, the control center is probably the least critical drop down menu so I'm OK with it being the one that is basically out of reach for one-handed use. I'd rather have notifications available for one handed use. On that note, when my daughter holds my left (and the phone is in my right) hand I have trouble reaching the "Back to previous app" in the upper right corner, or some in-app controls put back controls there. So I have to do reach-ability to reach them. I think this is one area where Android putting the back button down at the bottom is a better choice. First world problems, you know? LOL