Control Center in iOS 11

Control Center provides a wide variety of controls from built-in apps.. You can access your flashlight, timer, camera, Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, AirPlay Mirroring, audio playback controls, your Home app shortcuts (and others), as well as, turn cellular data on or off, trigger Low Power mode, quickly open the Notes app, and a whole lot more! Here's how to customize Control Center.

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

What can you put in Control Center?

  • Airplane mode
  • Cellular
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • Music playback
  • Screen orientation
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Screen brightness
  • Volume controls
  • Screen mirroring
  • Accessibility shortcuts
  • Alarm
  • Apple TV Remote
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • Dark mode
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving
  • Flashlight
  • Guided Access
  • Hearing
  • Home app
  • Low Power mode
  • Magnifier
  • Notes
  • QR Code Reader
  • Screen Recording
  • Sleep Mode
  • Sound Recognition
  • Stopwatch
  • Text Size
  • Timer
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet

How to add controls to Control Center

When you have Control Center enabled, you can customize which features you want to create shortcuts for.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Control Center.

    Tap Settings, then tap Control Center

  3. Tap Customize Controls.
  4. Tap the add button (+) next to a control under the More Controls section.

    Tap Customize Controls, then tap the add button next to a control

Note: You won't be able to make any changes to Airplane mode, Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, audio playback, Lock screen rotation, Do Not Disturb, or screen mirroring. Those controls remain in Control Center.

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How to organize the order of controls in Control Center

You may discover that you want to use one particular control a lot and another rarely in Control Center. You can organize what order they appear in the panel.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Control Center.

    Tap Settings, then tap Control Center

  3. Press and hold on a control until it goes into hover mode.
  4. Drag the control to its new location on the list.

    Tap Customize Controls, then hold a control until hovers and move it to a new location

You can fiddle with your Control Center settings until it looks just right.

How to remove controls from Control Center

So maybe it turns out you don't use the flashlight as much as you thought you did. You can remove it from Control Center.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Tap Control Center.

    Tap Settings, then tap Control Center

  3. Tap Customize Controls.
  4. Tap the remove button (-) next to a control under the Include section.

    Tap Customize Controls, then tap the remove button

Note: You won't be able to make any changes to Airplane mode, Cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, audio playback, lock screen rotation, Do Not Disturb, or screen mirroring. Those controls remain in Control Center.

Any questions?

Do you have any questions about customizing Control Center? Put them in the comments and we'll help you out.

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