Control Centre on the iPhone.

We know it’s there, but are we fully aware of all the features available from our iPhone’s Control Centre? Apple introduced the Control Centre with iOS 7, in 2013, and they are showing no signs of removing it. It’s easy to understand why with its quick access to the features we use the most. As Apple said back in 2013:-

Control centre. Some things should only be a swipe away. And now they are.

How to access the Control Centre

You can open the Control Centre from any screen on your iPhone, including while you are in another app. If you have an iPhone with no Home Button, you can access the Control Centre by swiping down from the top right hand corner.

If your iPhone has a Home Button, just swipe up from the bottom.

To close the Control Centre, tap the top of the screen, or, if you have one, you can press the Home Button.

Control centre from the locked or home screen

Available features from the Control Centre

Network settings

The network settings can be found in the top left of the iPhone Control Centre. From here, you will have access to six different features. Airplane mode, Mobile Data, Personal Hotspot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Air Drop. View all six by holding the network card until it opens to full screen. From here you can hold the Wi-fi feature to quickly select a Wi-Fi network. This is a new feature on iOS13, so if your iPhone doesn’t do this, you might need to update your software. Press and hold the Bluetooth icon to connect to a device. Airdrop will also allow you to change the settings from here, you can select to receive from everyone, receive from contacts only, or turn receiving off.

Audio feature

At the top left hand side of the iPhone Control Centre you can see the audio feature card. This gives you quick access for playing and pausing any of your playbacks. For more options and settings, press and hold until the card enlarges, you will see there is an AirPlay icon on the top right hand corner. Tap the icon for options to play through any AirPlay or headphones that you have connected. Although the icon is for AirPlay, you can use this method to quickly switch your music from Bluetooth headphones to the iPhone, without disconnecting the Bluetooth device. If you have AirPlay 2 speakers then this is how you can play through several speakers at the same time.

Sound and Brightness

Beneath the audio card we have quick access to the volume bar and the brightness where we can adjust accordingly. If you have AirPods Pro, press and hold the volume bar to switch between noise cancellation modes. You can also access quick settings in the brightness bar by pressing it firmly. This will give you options for night shift mode and dark mode. On devices that support True Tone, you will also see a button to turn that feature on and off.

sound and brightness bars for adjusting volume and brightness from the iPhones control centre

Portrait orientation lock

Located beneath the network features, you can quickly tap the portrait orientation card to lock your phone from rotating.

Do not disturb

To the right of the rotation lock you can select the Do not disturb icon, hold firmly for the length of time you wish your notifications to be silenced for. This can be from one hour until the end of the day. Or you can choose the option for your notifications to only be silenced while at that particular location. Your notifications will automatically switch back once you leave.

Do not disturb icon

Screen Mirroring

Situated below both the rotation lock and do not disturb cards, you will find screen mirroring. Hold firmly to gain access to all the air-play devices available to you for screen mirroring .

The features we have discussed in the post above are those that Apple apply to the control centre by default. But those are by no means the only selections available to us. Whether it’s quick access to your camera or those all important notes. You can choose to add these and many more to your control centre.

Find out how to customise your iPhones control centre.

Control with a tap

Tap the following apps and settings to quickly turn on, use, or adjust.


Alarm: Tap to set an alarm to wake up.


Brightness: Drag the brightness control up or down to adjust the brightness of your display.


Calculator: Use the standard calculator to quickly calculate numbers or rotate your device to use the scientific calculator for more advanced functions.


Dark Mode: Turn on Dark Mode for a great viewing experience in low-light environments. From Control Center, just tap to switch between light and dark mode, or touch and hold the brightness control, then tap Appearance Dark.


Do Not Disturb: Silence calls and notifications. Press and hold to turn on for an hour or until the end of the day. Or turn it on just for an event or while you’re at a location, and it automatically turns off when the event ends or you leave that location.


Do Not Disturb While Driving:* iPhone can sense when you might be driving and will silence calls, text messages, and notifications. People trying to reach you are notified that you’re driving.


Guided Access: Use Guided Access to limit your device to a single app and control which app features are available to use.


Low Power Mode: Switch to Low Power Mode when your iPhone battery is low or when you don’t have access to electrical power.


Magnifier: Turn your iPhone into a magnifying glass so you can zoom in on objects near you.


Scan QR Code: Use the built-in Camera on your iOS device to scan a QR Code to quickly access websites without having to type or remember a web address.


Rotation Lock: Keep your screen from rotating when you move your device.


Silent Mode: Quickly silence alerts and notifications that you receive on your iPhone.


Stopwatch: Measure the duration of an event and track lap times.


Text Size: Tap, then drag the slider up or down to make the text on your iPhone larger or smaller.


Voice Memos: Create a voice memo with your iPhone’s built-in microphone.


Volume: Drag the volume control up or down to adjust the volume for any audio playback.

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