Discover the iPhone Control Center in iOS 11

By Dwight Spivey

Control Center is a one-stop screen on your iPhone for common features and settings, such as connecting to a network, increasing screen brightness or volume, and even turning a built-in flashlight on or off. Here’s how to use it:

  1. To display Control Center with most iPhone models, swipe up from the very bottom of the screen. Access Control Center with an iPhone X by swiping from the right corner of the screen to the center.

    The Control Center screen appears.

    iPhone Control Center

  2. In the Control Center screen, tap a button or tap and drag a slider to access or adjust a setting.
  3. After you make a change, swipe the top of Control Center down to hide the screen.

Some options in Control Center are hidden from initial view, but may be accessed using 3D Touch that basically means pressing-and-holding (using slightly more force than a typical tap) a button in Control Center. For example, use 3D Touch (press-and-hold) on any of the Communications buttons (Airplane Mode, Cellular Data, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth) to reveal two more options: AirDrop and Personal Hotspot.

3D Touch Control Center

Other 3D Touch options in Control Center include

  • Adjust the Flashlight brightness level.
  • Select a device for Airplay.
  • Set a quick timer.
  • Instantly start recording video or take a selfie.

Try 3D Touching other buttons in Control Center to see what other options are waiting for you to discover. If you 3D Touch an item and its icon just bounces, there are no further options available for the item.

Did you notice the large amount of empty space at the top of Control Center when you opened it? That’s because iOS 11 allows you to customize Control Center. All that extra space is waiting to be filled by you:

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Tap Control Center, then tap Customize Controls to open the Customize screen.

    customize iPhone Control Center

  3. Add or remove items from Control Center:
    • To remove an item, tap the “-” to the left, then tap the Remove button that appears to the right.
    • To add an item, tap the “+” to the left. You’ll see the item in Control Center the next time you visit it.

      Use 3D Touch to find any extras for the item. If the item just bounces when you 3D Touch, there are no further options.