One of iOS 11′ s most noticeable changes is the new look of Control center. Control center, opened by swiping upwards from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad screen, houses a handful of useful shortcuts for easy access. With iOS 11, you can customize Control center and its many utilities.

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Like before, some items are permanent fixtures in Control Center. Airplane mode, cellular, Wi-FI, and Bluetooth stay in the upper left-hand corner. On the upper right, you have your Music controls. Below that, you have sliders for screen brightness and volume–the new look of those will take some get used to. And next to that, Do Not Disturb mode, AirPlay screen mirroring, and screen direction lock.

Below that are the tools you can adjust yourself. You can customize what shows up there, as well as what ordering they show up.

How to customize Control Center in iOS 11

To customize Control center, psyche to your iPhone’s settings, tap Control Center, and then tap Customize Controls. This will bring you to the screen on the left below.

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As you can see, you can add any utility with a green plus sign next to it( only tap that plus sign ). Similarly, you can remove items by tapping the ruby-red minus sign icon next to their name. Apple defaults to including merely the flashlight, timer, calculator, and camera in these customizable Control Center options. Depending on your needs, you might find it handy to add alternatives such as screen recording, the alarm or stopwatch, or a button for switching on Low Power Mode.

For now , no third-party apps are privy to being added to Control Center’s shortcut menu.


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