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How to use the Control Center on iPhone or iPad

How to use the Control Center on iPhone or iPad

How to access the Control Center

Use a gesture to access the Control Center, but the gesture you use depends on the device you have. This is because Apple has dropped the Home button on the latest iPhone and iPad models.

To access Control Center on an iPhone X or later (without the Home button) or iPad with iOS 12 or later:

  1. Swipe down from the battery indicator in the upper right corner.
  2. To close the Control Center, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

To access Control Center on an iPhone 8 or earlier (with a power button) or iPad with iOS 11 or earlier:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. To close the Control Center, press the Home button or tap anywhere at the top of the screen.

How to customize the Control Center

The control center works best when it’s full of shortcuts that you’re actually using. You can completely customize the bottom row of icons and remove or add shortcuts, or change the order in which they appear.

The "Customize" menu in the iOS Control Center.

Follow these steps to customize the Control Center:

  1. Go to Settings> iPhone or iPad Control Center.
  2. Touch «Customize orders» to see a list of available shortcuts.
  3. To activate items, drag them from the «More controls» section to «Include». Do the opposite to disable a shortcut.
  4. You can also drag items to change their order. You can have four shortcuts per line in the Control Center.

While customizing, you can use the relevant gesture at any time to display the Control Center and see how things look.

Do more things in the Control Center with a long press

Control Center is more than it seems. There are hidden submenus that you can access with a long press (pressed) on almost any shortcut.

Wireless control menu in the Control Center.

Try holding down the wireless controls for more options. If you hold down the «Now playing» area, you can control other devices. Many custom shortcuts also have hidden options that you can access with a long press.

Quickly connect to a Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth device

If you tap and hold the wireless icon that hosts Airplane mode and Wi-Fi switching, a new menu with six other options appears.

From here, you can press and hold the Wi-Fi or Bluetooth buttons to connect to certain wireless networks or Bluetooth devices. If you need to pair a new Bluetooth device, you need to do so in Settings> Bluetooth.

The "Bluetooth" menu in the Control Center.

Below the list of available networks and known Bluetooth devices, you’ll see a shortcut to go directly to the corresponding «Settings» menu.

Switch personal access point discovery

Another option that you can access when you tap and hold the Wireless icon is the «Personal access point» switch.

"AirDrop" and "Personal Hotspot" icons in Control Center.

This option allows you share your iPhone’s mobile data connection with other devices such as laptops and tablets. You will see an indicator at the top of the screen each time a device is connected.

Play media content on an AirPlay device

AirPlay is Apple’s wireless standard for audio and video content. Can send media content via AirPlay to devices such as Apple TV. To do this, open the Control Center, then tap and hold the «Now playing» media box in the upper right corner.

The media player must appear above a progress bar. Tap the AirPlay icon in the upper right corner and a list of ready and waiting AirPlay devices will appear that you can stream.

AirPlay devices in the Control Center.

Mirror your screen on an Apple TV

With AirPlay mirroring, you can throw the device screen on an AirPlay receiver, such as an Apple TV. Mirroring only works with AirPlay devices that can receive and display videos. You can also use the mirror to display the photo library on a large screen.

To start mirroring, open the Control Center and tap «Mirror screen.» Choose a device and wait until the connection is established. When using the mirror, assume that everything that is visible on your device screen is also visible on the AirPlay screen.

"Screen Mirroring" menu in the Control Center.

To turn off the mirror, open the Control Center, tap «Screen mirror», and then tap «Screen mirror stop.»

Control a HomePod or Apple TV

If you have an Apple TV, HomePod or any other device that integrates with Apple Music, you can control it directly from iPhone. This is different from streaming media via AirPlay because you directly control what is playing on your device.

To get started, open the Control Center and tap and hold the «Now Playing» screen. Scroll down to display the controllable devices. If you don’t see any, make sure they’re connected and connected to the same network.

Apple Media devices in the Control Center.

Touch a device to control it, then launch the Music app. The name of the output device should appear in the «Playing» section at the bottom of the screen.

The "Playing" section of the Music app.

To stop control of a device or regain control of your iPhone’s media output, go to the Control Center. Hold down «Play,» scroll to the top of the list, and select your device.

Make an on-screen recording

Before Apple introduced a a suitable screen recording function, you had to connect your iPhone or iPad to a Mac and record via QuickTime. Fortunately, it’s now much easier to register on your device.

To do this, you need to activate the screen recording shortcut, as described above. When you’re done, tap «Screen recording» to start recording.

"Screen recording" menu.

If you hold down the «Record screen» shortcut, you may be able to choose Photos (default) or another application (such as Facebook Messenger). You can throw the screen in compatible applications.

You can also turn on the microphone in this long press menu (it is turned off by default). To stop recording or playing a screen in progress, tap the red area at the top of the screen.

Lock the screen in portrait mode

One of the most useful shortcuts in the Control Center is left of the month Do not disturb. This lever can lock the screen in portrait mode, so when you turn the device sideways, the orientation will not change in landscape mode or vice versa.

Portrait mode lock icon in Control Center.

This is especially useful when using your phone while lying down. Some people prefer their device to be in portrait mode all the time (guilty, as they are accused), because they don’t like landscape mode.

Create a specific note type

Shortcut for notes is a valuable addition to the Control Center. Touch it to launch Notes or long press for a few options.

Notes application menu.

From here, you can create a new note or checklist, launch Notes in camera mode to take a photo, or scan a document directly into a new note.

Switch to dark mode, night shift, or true tone

You can hold almost anything in the Control Center. If you hold down the Brightness slider, you’ll get some useful controls for switch between Light and Dark themes, turn on «Night shift» or turn off «True tone».

"Dark Mode", "Night Shift" and "True Tone" icons.

If you are unfamiliar with these settings, » The night shift « limit your exposure to blue light to help you fall asleep. » True Tone ” Automatically match the white balance of the screen with the ambient white balance around you.

Adjust the brightness of the flashlight

Is your iPhone’s flashlight dazzlingly bright? You can press and hold the flashlight shortcut to adjust it Lower values ​​are less discordant in the dark and also consume less energy.

Turn on the camera in a specific way

Touch the camera shortcut to start normal shooting mode. However, if you hold it down, you can choose to open the camera app as «ready to shoot» in one of the following ways:

  • Selfies
  • Recording a video
  • Make a portrait (on multi-camera devices)
  • Take a selfie portrait (iPhone X or later)

Control smart devices at home

After you add the Home shortcut, you can tap it to see a list of your favorite HomeKit compatible devices. You can also touch multimedia devices, such as HomePods, to start or stop playback, or you can tap and hold a device to see more options.

Control your favorite HomeKit devices through the Control Center

For HomeKit devices to appear here, you must mark them in the Home application.

Other shortcuts by long press

Experiment with shortcuts in the Control Center. Hold them down and see what appears. Some of our favorites include:

  • Quick stopwatch: press and hold the timer shortcut. Pull your finger up or down to increase or decrease the time and set a quick timer. Touch «Start» to run the timer.
  • Pay with a specific credit card – Long press the Wallet shortcut to choose a specific credit card to use or view the latest Apple Pay transaction.
  • Copy the result from your computer : Press and hold the Computer shortcut to view or copy the latest computer result.

Long press to impress

Most of these shortcuts are also available directly from the home screen of your iPhone or iPad. Try tapping the Settings app, the App Store, or third-party apps, such as Facebook, and see what options you have.

If you get involved in using these features, they can save you a lot of time!

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