Join Garrick Chow for an in-depth discussion in this video Control Center, part of iOS 12: iPhone and iPad Essential Training.
- [Instructor] Now let's look at a feature called Control Center. Control Center is a collection of some of the most commonly used settings and tools on your device that you can access quickly from a central location. How you open Control Center varies depending on the device you're using. On the iPhone 10 and later, and on iPads, you swipe down from the upper right corner of the screen. On older iPhones, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. Regardless of the device you're using, you can open Control Center from the home screen or while just about any other app is open. Most of the settings here can be accessed elsewhere on your device, but for many of these you 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. So, this is the default layout of Control Center, but, as we'll see in a moment, you can also customize what appears here. First, let's examine this current 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 WiFi and Bluetooth buttons. The green button there allows you to turn your cellular connection on and off, that can be useful if you wanna make sure you're not using cellular data and wanna rely strictly on WiFi, for example.
You can simply tap these buttons to toggle them on and off, so I can turn on Airplane Mode, I can turn it back on. Now, in actuality, there's more to how Airplane Mode affects the WiFi and Bluetooth settings, be sure to check out the movie on Airplane Mode in chapter 13 to get the details. 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 access either through 3D touch or, if you don't have a device that supports 3D touch, by simply holding your finger on top of the control for a second. So, for example, I have 3D touch on this iPhone I'm using, so if I press down on any of these four buttons in the section with a little more pressure, that pops open to reveal additional toggles and information.
Now if you don't have 3D touch, just keep your finger touching the buttons for a moment and you'll see the same screen appear. Now we see labels under the buttons, letting us know what they are and their current status. You can see we can now access the toggles for the AirDrop feature, and to turn the Personal Hotspot feature on and off, if you're using a device with cellular capabilities. Tapping anywhere outside those buttons takes us back to the main Control Center screen. Moving on to the right, we have the Music Control area, where we have the play/pause button with the rewind and fast forward buttons on either side.
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. We can access more controls by pressing or holding down on this area. So we have a volume slider here at the bottom, and the playback controls are a little bit larger and easier to use here. If you have music playing in one of your apps, like the Music App, you'll see the album or song information here too. 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. 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 wanna send video and audio to an Apple TV, you'll leave the Music Controls and here on the main screen, tap the area that, on my phone, currently says 'Dock Connector'. Now it says that because of the way I'm capturing this video you're watching, but on your device this will say 'Screen Mirror', 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 orientation lock and Do Not Disturb buttons. Now we'll talk about Do Not Disturb later, and the orientation lock keeps the display from rotating, even if you turn your device sideways.
This is the only place on the iPhone to access orientation lock. On older iPads that have a built-in side switch, this might be either the orientation lock button or the mute button, it depends on what action you've assigned to that switch on the side of the iPad. But on the iPad Air Two or later, which don't have a side switch, you'll have both a mute button and the orientation lock button here. Now to the right, we have controls for brightness and volume level, you can just drag your finger up and down to turn the volume or brightness, up or down. Now if you want a little more precision out of these controls, press down on them.
So here I have a larger version of the brightness control, that let's me be a little more granular. Notice we have other controls hidden here. At the bottom we have the button for night shift, which is a feature for removing the blue light from your screen, which is supposed to be better for not interrupting your body's sleep cycle. On the iPad Pro, and the iPhone 10 and later, 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 device to give you truer colors based on the lighting of the environment you're currently in. Down along the bottom we have some more buttons.
Tapping the Flashlight button turns on your phone or iPad's flash, but holding down on it let's you adjust the brightness of the light. The Timer icon opens up the Timer App, but if you hold down on it you get this quick control to set a timer right away, so you don't have to jump into the app to do that. Pressing down on the calculator button doesn't give you a quick calculator, but it does let you quickly copy the result of the last calculation you performed, so you can paste it somewhere else. If you do wanna open the calculator, just tap the calculator button.
I'll swipe down from the upper right to bring up Control Center again. The Camera button opens up the camera, but pressing down on it gives you options to jump directly into certain camera modes. Alright, so that's a quick run down of the default set of controls found in Control Center, but I also mentioned that you can customize what appears here. Let's go into Settings, to Control Center, and then here we can tap customize controls. At the top 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 these to add it to Control Center. For example, maybe I'll add the alarm, the Apple TV remote, and maybe Low Power Mode. Now if I bring up Control Center right from here, I can see the buttons for those controls have been added, and some of these simply open an app or enable a feature, while others will have additional options if you press down on them. Now the other options in Control Center settings, is access within apps. If you want to be able to get to Control Center at any time, no matter what you're doing on your device, for example, I was able to open Control Center while looking at the calculator, you wanna keep this switch on.
But if you're using an app that involves a lot of swiping in different directions, you might wanna disable Control Center from within apps, as it can get kind of annoying to keep opening it by accident. But, as you can see, it's very easy to customize and access the controls that appear in Control Center. Be sure to take some time, and add and remove the controls in a way that works best for you.
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