This video explains the newly revamped Control Center in iOS 11, and how to customize its options.
- [Instructor] Control Center in iOS 11 has undergone a major revamp. As before, you still swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access it, and note that if you're on an iPad it's a long swipe up. As a short swipe up from the bottom of the screen now opens up the new dock feature on the iPad, which we'll look at in its own movie. But as you can see, Control Center here looks a lot different than it did in iOS 10. First of all, it's only one screen now. There's no swiping horizontally to access other controls. Everything you can do in Control Center is right here.
Now these are the default controls, but as we'll see in a moment, you can also customize what appears here. But first, let's examine this default layout. Starting in the upper left hand corner we have four buttons grouped together. This is where you'll find the buttons to toggle Airplane Mode on and off, as well as the controls for your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios in your device. And this work just like they did in previous versions of iOS. The green one in the upper right hand corner is new. This allows you to toggle cellular data on and off, which you could previously only do by going to Cellular Settings in the Settings app.
And this is useful when you want to make sure you're not using your cellular data and want to rely strictly on Wi-Fi, for example. Now before we look at some of the other controls here, another important thing to point out is that most of the areas here contain additional hidden controls that you can access either through your 3D Touch or if you don't have a device that supports 3D Touch, by simply holding your finger on top of the controls for a second. So, for example, I have 3D Touch on this phone I'm using, so if I press down on any of these four buttons in this section we're looking at with a little bit of pressure it pops open, revealing additional toggles and information.
Again, if you don't have 3D Touch, just hold your finger down on one of those buttons for a moment. So now we see the labels under the buttons, letting us know what they are and their current status. And you can see that we can now access the toggles for AirDrop and to turn the Personal Hotspot feature on and off. And tapping anywhere outside of those buttons takes us back to the main Control Center screen. Moving onto the right, we have the Music control area where we have the play and pause button with the rewind and fast forward buttons on either side. And like in previous version of iOS, this controls whatever media is currently playing, whether it's in the Music app or the Podcast app or the Books app and so on.
And we can access more controls by pressing or holding down on this area. So we have a volume slider here at the top and the playback controls are a little bit larger and easier to use here too. If I press play to play some audio and then pause it you can see the album information up here and I can also scrub in the progress bar. Also note that this is where the AirPlay audio streaming controls are hidden away. It's this button here in the upper right hand corner. And this is where you can select any AirPlay devices on your network that you want to play the iPhone's audio through.
Now if you want to send video and audio to an Apple TV you'll leave the Music controls and here on the main screen you're going to tap where it says Screen Mirroring. Now my screen currently says Dock Connector, because of the way I'm currently capturing this movie. But that area is usually labeled Screen Mirroring. And I can tap that. And from here you'll be able to select the Apple TV or other AirPlay devices on your network that support video streaming. Above that area we have the rotation lock and the do not disturb buttons, and they work the same as always. There's no additional controls to access by pressing down on them.
Now to the right of that we have two brand new types of controls for brightness and volume level. Instead of the standard sliders, like we had in the previous versions of iOS, or that we just saw when we popped open the Music controls, we have these vertical slider controls. And you'll just drag your finger up and down to turn the volume or brightness up or down. If you want a little bit more precision out of these controls press down on them, so now I have a larger version of the brightness controls that allows me to be more granular. Notice we also have other controls hidden here. Here at the bottom we have the button for Night Shift, which is the feature for removing the blue light from your screen, which is supposed to be better for not interrupting your body's sleep cycle.
And if you have an iPad Pro this is also where you'll find the button to enable or disable the True Tone feature, which changes the white point and brightness of your iPad to give you truer colors based on the lighting of the environment you're in. All right, and along the bottom we have four buttons. These are the same four buttons we had in iOS 10 for quickly accessing these features, but here in iOS 11 they've gained new functionality. Tapping the flashlight button still turns on your phone or iPad's flash, but holding down on it now lets you adjust the brightness of the light, which is something that was only previously available for devices that supported 3D Touch.
The timer icon still opens the Timer app, but if you hold down on it you get this quick control to set a timer right away from here without having to jump into the app. Pressing down on the calculator button doesn't give you a quick calculator, but it does allow you to quickly copy the result of the last calculation you performed, so you can paste it somewhere else. And the camera button opens up the Camera as always, but pressing down on it gives you options that again, were previously only available on 3D Touch devices, but which are now available to any device running iOS 11.
All right, so that's a quick rundown of the default set of controls found in Control Center, but I also mentioned that you can customize what appears here. To do so go into Settings, to Control Center, and then tap Customize Controls. At the top here you can see the controls that are currently active and you can rearrange their order here or even remove them if you don't use them very often. Below that you'll find more controls. And all you have to do is tap the plus button next to any one of them to add it to Control Center. So, for example, I'll add the Alarm and the Apple TV Remote and Low Power Mode.
So now if I swipe up from here to open Control Center again I can see those buttons for those controls have been added. And some of these will simply open an app or enable a feature, while others will have additional options if you press down on them. So it's very easy to customize the controls that appear in Control Center and it's even easier now to quickly use the ones you want, since everything is now on one screen instead of split across two screens. So be sure to take some time to add and remove controls in the way that works best for you.