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How to open Control Center in iOS 7

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Posted on 2013-09-22 22:44

How to access and start using Control Center in iOS 7

iOS 7 is bringing with it lots of new features and Control Center is one of them. Control Center gives you quick access to many system toggles such as Bluetooth, WiFi, Do Not Disturb mode, and more with a simple flick of your finger.

If you aren't sure how to access or use Control Center, follow along and we'll help you get started.

How to access Control Center on your iPhone or iPad running iOS 7

By default, you can access Control Center from your Lock Screen, Home Screen, or from within any app. To do so, just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. The Control Center menu will slide upwards and allow you to interact with it.

What you can access with Control Center

Along the top of Control Center are your system toggles which include the ability to turn on or off the following features:

  • Airplane Mode
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Screen Rotation
  • Screen brightness

Tapping on any one of these will toggle them on or off. Screen brightness is changed by simply moving the slider left or right to dim or increase brightness.

The next section of Control Center lets you access any media currently playing on your device. You can forward through and skip tracks just like you did in previous versions of iOS with the multitasking tray. If you have nothing playing, it will show the last played track in your library. To start right where you left off, just tap the play button.

Underneath the Now Playing section you have another row of icons dedicated to AirDrop and AirPlay. AirDrop allows you to send files to any other iOS 7 user in your vicinity that also has the feature enabled. You can use it to quickly send photos to them without the need for a text message or other type of messaging app. The AirPlay toggle does the same thing the multitasking tray did in previous versions of iOS. If there is an Apple TV or other AirPlay device in your vicinity that is connected to the same network, you can stream content or display mirror


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