watchOS 5 Beta Adds 'Edit' Button to Control Center for Adjusting Icon Layout

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Testers of the new watchOS 5 Beta that Apple released yesterday have discovered a new function that allows Apple Watch users to change the arrangement of icons in the Control Center menu, which is accessed by swiping up on a watch face.

As shown in this image shared by Reddit user brooksdbrewer, the option appears as an Edit button when you scroll down to the bottom of the Control Center menu. Tapping the button then allows you to drag the icons around into a new arrangement – placing the icons you most often use up to the top of the menu, for instance.

So for example, if you use Theater Mode frequently, you could locate the associated icon next to the battery percentage icon at the top, and move the Ping iPhone icon to the bottom of the menu to prevent accidental taps. Likewise, you could drop the Expel Water icon right to the bottom of the screen if you never use it.

Whether or not the Control Center's new Edit function makes it to the final public release of watchOS 5, due in the fall, remains to be seen. However, there are plenty of other features to look forward to, including Activity Competitions so you can compete on workouts with friends, Automatic Workout Detection and new Workout types, a new Walkie-Talkie app, and more.

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27 months ago

Hopefully this feature makes it to the final public release, it'd be nice to be able to rearrange those icons.

Why wouldn't it? I'm pretty sure they mentioned this on stage as well either in passing or on one of those screens that lists a bunch of new features.
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27 months ago
Hopefully this feature makes it to the final public release, it'd be nice to be able to rearrange those icons.
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27 months ago

Yes! It's the little things in life...

Agreed. As much as it’s not an inconvenience to scroll down, it’s nice to have whatever I use the most at the top.
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27 months ago
I was totally underwhelmed by the update. Walkie Talkie for gods sake.

Apple Watch has stagnated. It’s a shame.
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27 months ago
That would be great. I always hated that (once theatre mode pushed it down) when you were putting your watch into water mode, sometimes your hands were already wet and adding the need to scroll through the control center with wet hands was frustrating.
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27 months ago
This alone will make watchOS worth the upgrade lol
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