What is the iPhone Control Center

The iPhone Control Center is a very helpful quick access tool that offers a range of functionality features.

Learning how to use the iPhone Control Center is easy and customizing it can save users a lot of time and clicks.

What is it and how is it accessed?

The Control Center on the iPhone is a menu with options to access a variety of features. The features are all available in Settings or in other Apps, but organized here they are easier to get to quickly.

Some default features accessible here are:

  • Airplane Mode on/off
  • Cellular Data on/off
  • Wifi on/off
  • Bluetooth on/off
  • Music Control
  • Portrait Mode lock
  • Airplay options
  • Focus on/off
  • Brightness level
  • Volume level
  • Stopwatch
  • Alarm
  • Camera
  • Battery Options
  • Flashlight

This menu can be accessed in two different ways depending on the age and type of iPhone a user owns.

For newer model iPhones, swipe down from the top right of the screen to pull down the menu. On older model iPhones swipe up from the very bottom of the screen to gain access.

Check out the Apple Support Page For Access Options.


Listed above are just some of the default options that come on the menu. In the settings in the Control Center section. Users can add and remove controls to makes the control center most useful for them.

To remove a button from the control center, press the red – sign. To add one press the green + sign.

For a slightly more detailed explanation, check out the Apple Support Page for Customization Options.

If the iPhone is on an older iOS operating system, it may have fewer options for customization.

If you have specific questions about the iPhone Control Center, or if our terminology isn’t clear, please use our contact form to send us a message. Thank you!

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