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Accessing and using Control Center

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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Probably one of the most welcome improvements in You can also do this while in just about any other app. The five buttons across the top here allow you to Next to that is the Do Not Disturb mode button, for setting Under that, you'll find Playback Controls for any audio you might be listening to.

Accessing and using Control Center

Probably one of the most welcome improvements in iOS 7 is a new feature called Control Center. Control Center is a collection of some of the most commonly used settings and tools on your device which you can quickly access from a central location. To open Control Center simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen. You can also do this while in just about any other app. The layout of Control Center varies a bit, depending on which device you're using, and whether you're using your device in Portrait or Landscape orientation. But you'll find almost all of the same settings on all of the iOS devices. Most of the settings here can be accessed elsewhere on your device, but for many of these, you'll have to dig through several levels of menus to find them.

A couple of these items reside here exclusively, and can't be found anywhere else. We'll take longer looks at many of these settings later in this course, but for now here's a quick run down of the options here in Control Center. The five buttons across the top here allow you to quickly toggle these settings on and off with a single tap. The first one is Airplane Mode, which shuts down all the radios in your device so it won't receive or transmit any data. Similarly the next two, turn Wi-Fi and Bluetooth off and on. Next to that is the Do Not Disturb mode button, for setting your phone to not ring or alert you of any incoming messages. We'll see this in action and learn how to adjust its settings later in the course.

The 5th button here is Orientation Lock, which keeps the display from rotating even if you turn your device sideways. This is the only place on the iPhone and iPod Touch to access Orientation Lock. On the iPad, this might be either the Orientation Lock button or the Mute button. It depends on which action you've assigned to the switch on the side of the iPad. Below the five buttons, we have the Brightness slide. This is one I use all the time, especially when I'm in a dark restaurant or a theater. Normally you have to dig into a couple levels of menus to get to your Brightness settings, but here in Control Center, it's easy to make quick adjustments. Under that, you'll find Playback Controls for any audio you might be listening to.

Depending on the type of audio or the app you're using, you'll see a couple of different configurations of controls. But you'll always have a Play button with Rewind and Fast Forward buttons on either side. Or possibly 15 Second Rewind and Fast Forward buttons if you're listening to an audio book. You also have a slider to quickly adjust the Volume level. Under that, if your device supports the new AirDrop file sharing feature, you'll find AirDrop controls. I'll talk about AirDrop in its own upcoming movie. If there are any AirPlay enabled devices nearby, such as an Apple TV, you can connect to them from here, to stream audio or video from your device to the Apple TV.

And lastly, below that are four buttons to quickly access useful tools. The first one is a Flashlight, which turns on the iPhone and iPod touch's Flash and leaves it on until you turn it back off. This is the only place you'll find this control, and you won't find this button on the iPad, because iPads don't have built in flashes. Next to that is a Timer button, which instantly takes you to the Timer section of the Clocks app. This can be really useful when you need to set a countdown for anything, to you taking your lunch break, or for baking a cake. The button next to that, opens the Calculator app. This is another app that isn't available on the iPad, so you won't find this button there. And the final button gives you quick access to your camera, for those times when you need to get a shot as quickly as possible.

Now Control Center itself has a couple of settings of its own. Now to close Control Center, you can either tap outside of Control Center, swipe down or just press your Home button. To get to the Control Center settings, go to Settings> Control Center, and first choose if you want to be able to access Control Center from the Lock Screen. With it on, when your phone is locked, swiping up from the bottom of the screen still opens Control Center. This can be really convenient til you get to your camera or to the playback controls if you're listening to music or any of the other settings. One downside to this is if your device is stolen, it can be put into Airplane mode even if you have a pass code lock on your device.

And Airplane mode makes it impossible to track your phone's location with tools like Find My iPhone, which we'll see how to use later. So if that's a concern you might want to sacrifice the convenience of accessing Control Center from the Lock screen. The other option here is access within apps, if you want to be able to get to Control Center at anytime, no matter what you're doing on your device, keep this switched on. But if you're using an app that involves a lot of swiping in different directions, you might want to disable Control Center from within Apps. As it can get kind of annoying to keep opening it by accident. Now lastly I want to offer a quick tip here, you might find that its difficult to open Control Center in certain apps.

For instance maybe you browsing a page in Safari, and when you swipe up instead of seeing Control Center you actually scroll the page. But I found that if I place my finger just below the screen and swipe up a little more slowly, I'm able to open Control Center more consistently. And again to close Control Center you can tap its handle, or tap anywhere outside of the Control Center window. So, that's Control Center, a really useful and convenient addition to iOS 7.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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