How to Use and Customize Control Center in iOS 11

One of iOS 11's key new features is a redesigned Control Center that is highly customizable thanks to 3D Touch integration.

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When you deep press on the system toggles pane, for example, a larger pane pops open with previously hidden AirDrop and Personal Hotspot controls.


On iOS 11, users can add, remove, and organize controls in Control Center through the Settings app. Simply follow these steps.


How to Add Controls to Control Center on iOS 11

  1. Tap on the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Control Center.
  3. Tap on Customize Controls.
  4. Scroll down to More Controls.
  5. Tap on the "+" sign to the left of a control to add it to Control Center.

How to Remove Controls From Control Center on iOS 11

  1. Tap on the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Control Center.
  3. Tap on Customize Controls.
  4. Scroll down to Include section.
  5. Tap on the "-" sign to the left of a control to remove it from Control Center.

How to Organize Controls in Control Center on iOS 11

  1. Tap on the Settings app.
  2. Tap on Control Center.
  3. Tap on Customize Controls.
  4. Tap on the three lines to the right of a control and drag its position up or down.
The default controls in the top portion of Control Center, such as the brightness and volume sliders, cannot be removed or reorganized.

List of Default Controls

  • AirDrop
  • Airplane Mode
  • Bluetooth
  • Cellular Data
  • Personal Hotspot
  • Wi-Fi
  • Music
  • Orientation Lock
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Brightness
  • Night Shift
  • Volume
  • AirPlay Mirroring

List of Customizable Controls

  • Accessibility Shortcuts
  • Alarm
  • Apple TV Remote
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving
  • Flashlight
  • Guided Access
  • Home
  • Low Power Mode
  • Magnifier
  • Notes
  • Screen Recording
  • Stopwatch
  • Text Size
  • Timer
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet
Control Center remains accessible by swiping up from the bottom of the screen nearly anywhere on iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus or earlier.

On the iPhone X, Control Center can be opened by swiping down from the top right part of the screen next to the TrueDepth front camera system.

Related Roundup: iOS 11


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8 months ago
Having the VPN button would be nice.
Rating: 6 Votes
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8 months ago
Logic would dictate that I'd now be able to move icons around the control centre like I move apps around my home pages putting things exactly where I want them. But apparently that thought didn't cross Apple's mind and now I have to guesstimate where my icons will end up because the thought of a live preview also didn't cross Apple's mind.

It's a step in the right direction with 3D touch and some form of customisability but it still needs some work.
Rating: 5 Votes
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8 months ago
Found an explanation of the WiFi/Bluetooth control center changes:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT208086

Hmmm .... I kinda see where they were going with this, but this is a massive behavior change that hasn’t been publicized enough.

I like it more for WiFi than Bluetooth. I have to admit that most of the time when I disable WiFi it’s because a sticky “one bar” junk connection is giving me no service and I just want to get back to LTE. But then I forget to reenable it later and use up data in the meantime. The new logic solves that problem.

But that’s never the case for Bluetooth. If I’m turning off Bluetooth it’s explicitly because I want to save battery.

The solution seems simple enough: add force touch / long tap on the CC icons to fully turn off. Or revert behavior and use force touch for the new behavior.

MacRumors should make an article about this. If anyone is listening ...
Rating: 4 Votes
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8 months ago
I'm stoked that low power mode is quickly accessible now!
Rating: 3 Votes
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8 months ago

What happened to night shift? Am I missing it or did it disappear from the new one?

Do 3D touch on the brightness and it will come up.
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8 months ago

MacRumors should make an article about this. If anyone is listening ...


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Rating: 2 Votes
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8 months ago

What happened to night shift? Am I missing it or did it disappear from the new one?


Do 3D touch on the brightness and it will come up.


Or just push and hold if no 3D touch is available.
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8 months ago
Nice to see that I finally can add the alarm instead of the timer. Never understood the choice.
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8 months ago
I'm Not entirely sure how I feel about the new control center. It just looks very convoluted and clustered. I know you can customize it, which I like. But I just don't know if I prefer this or not for the iPhone.
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8 months ago

I'm Not entirely sure how I feel about the new control center. It just looks very convoluted and clustered. I know you can customize it, which I like. But I just don't know if I prefer this or not for the iPhone.


They still could have made it customizeable with side scroll like jailbreak apps. I think that would have been more compact and thus better. Not having to reach up on a large phone one handed.
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