Understanding the iOS 7 Control Center

Control Center


Control Center is one of the many new feature in iOS 7. It is a simple menu to allow quick access to many of the most frequently used features and settings. Gone are the days of launching the Settings app to perform tasks such as toggling Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth settings.



Launch the Control Center

To access Control Center, simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. A window will slide up, containing controls for a host of functions.

iPhone Control Center


The picture above shows the window as it appears on an iPhone. The iPad has similar controls with a slightly different layout. This article will describe the controls as they appear on the iPhone.


Control Center Functions

At the top of the window is a row of controls providing quick access to system settings such as Airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb and Screen Orientation Lock. Simply tap an item to turn it On or Off. The control is colored white if it is On and black if it is Off. There is also a message at the top informing you the setting has been turned On or Off.


Moving down in the Control Center window, the next item you will see is a slider for screen brightness. Drag the slider to make adjustments.


Next in the window are music playback controls and a scrubber bar, which allows you to skip to any point in a song by dragging the play head dot forward or backward. It also displays the title of the song that is currently playing.


Under the music controls are options to enable the new AirDrop feature (if your device is AirDrop capable) and AirPlay. AirDrop is a feature that allows you to quickly share information with another iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This article provides more information about using AirDrop. AirPlay allows you to stream content to an Apple TV or other AirPlay capable device.


At the bottom of the window is a control for the Flashlight and icons to launch the Alarm, Calculator and Camera apps.


Control Center Settings

Opening the Settings app provides access to a couple options for Control Center. The Access on Lock Screen option allows Control Center to be launched from the lock screen. The Access Within Apps allows it to be launched while an app is open.

Control Center Settings

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