Control Center (iOS)

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Control Center
Apple Control Center icon.jpg
Developer(s) Apple Inc.
Stable release
iOS 10.0.1 / September 13, 2016; 5 months ago (2016-09-13)
Operating system iOS 7 onwards
Platform iOS
License Same as iOS 7
Website Archived November 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.

Control Center (or Control Centre in some countries) is a feature of Apple Inc.'s iOS operating system, introduced as part of iOS 7, released on September 18, 2013.[1] It gives iOS devices direct access to important settings for the device by swiping a finger up from the bottom of the display. It is similar to the SBSettings tweak for iOS jailbreaking.[2]


Control Center gives iOS users quick access to commonly used controls and apps. By swiping up from any screen – including the Lock screen (if the control center is set to be accessed from the lock screen) – users can do such things as switch on Airplane mode, turn Wi-Fi on or off, adjust the display brightness and similar basic functions of the device.[3][4] It also includes a new integrated flashlight function to operate the reverse camera's flash LED as a flashlight.[3][4] The flashlight feature is only available on iPhones and the iPod Touch, but not available on iPads. Night shift is available on iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads that are on iOS 9.3 or higher. On the iPhone 4 the control center is not transparent.

Other functions offered are the ability to turn on or off Bluetooth, and Do Not Disturb; lock the screen’s orientation; play, pause, or skip a song, and see what is playing; connect to AirPlay-enabled devices; and quickly access the clock, calculator, and camera apps.[3][4] Users also have access to AirDrop, previously only available on Macs and newly added to iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch using the Lightning connector in iOS 7, as a method of transferring files between Apple devices.[3][4][5]


Control Center has received generally positive reviews. In contrast for the user having to access the Settings applications to change most preferences, Darrell Etherington of TechCrunch thought that "separating [Control Center] from that function and making it accessible throughout the iOS user interface via a simple swipe up from bottom is a really big improvement."[6]


  1. ^ Tam, Donna (September 10, 2013). "Apple to release iOS 7 on September 18". CNET. CBS Interactive. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ng, Gary (June 10, 2013). "Control Center in iOS 7 Brings SBSettings from Cydia to the iPhone". iPhone in Canada. Retrieved June 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Guarino, Sarah (September 18, 2013). "iOS 7 How-to: Use Control Center to quickly manage settings". 9to5Mac. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d Frakes, Dan (September 18, 2013). "Get to know iOS 7: Control Center". Macworld. IDG Consumer & SMB. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Control Center. Some things should be only a swipe away. And now they are.". iOS 7. Apple Inc. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Etherington, Darrell (September 17, 2013). "Apple iOS 7 Review: A Major Makeover That Delivers, But Takes Some Getting Used To". TechCrunch. AOL. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 

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