How-To: Customize Control Center in iOS 11


Apple’s iOS 11 is rolling out to everyone starting today, and one of the biggest visual changes in the OS update is the Control Center. Rather having multiple pages to manage like in iOS 10, iOS 11 groups all of Control Center’s toggles into one, simplified interface which, for the first time ever, is customizable. After you upgrade, you may wanna try adding and removing some shortcuts to make your life easier. That’s why you’re reading this tutorial. Here’s how to do it.

First off, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad. You’ll already notice a good deal of toggles you can play with, some grouped and some not. Some even have 3D Touch shortcuts which require a hard press such as the main controls in the top left which toggle on and off airplane mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and more. You can 3D Touch on that section to pop out some additional toggles for greater control over what’s currently active on your device. 3D Touching the music widget gets you more precise control over your jams, while the same can be done on the screen brightness control, the volume slider, flashlight, camera, and screen recorder.

Oh yeah, there’s a native screen recorder now in iOS. But you’ll need to manually toggle it. This is where we get customizing. On your newly-upgraded iOS 11 device, go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls. There, you’ll see a laundry list of possible controls you can toggle on and off depending on whether you’d like them to appear. I’ve added most to my Control Center, and they’re all useful: Do Not Disturb While Driving, a timer, a calculator, a camera shortcut, a flashlight, Low Power Mode, an alarm – it’s just convenient to have this much control via a simple swipe up on your device. You can also rearrange these if you find some more useful than others which you’d like at the top of the list for even quicker access.

Of course, by adding all the toggles to Control Center, things can get a little overwhelming. Therefore, I only recommend adding as many as you think you’ll definitely need on a day-to-day basis. For everything else, you’ll wanna just stick with the Settings app. Regardless, it’s really nice to be able to customize Control Center for once and add what I want, where I want.

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