How to Use the New Control Center in iOS 10

The launch of iOS 10 is actually bringing so many alterations to the most-used iPhone software feature. iOS 10 brings with it a few subtle visual and mechanical changes. The alterations are easy to spot. Here, we want to delve more about one of those alterations, that is the new Control Center, which has not only received a cosmetic upgrade, but it has gotten a few new added abilities as well. You will love this new control center in iOS 10.

We have been very familiar with the control center with a single card stocked with all of the expected iOS features like the flashlight, calculator, and timer. Now, it is time to meet the new Control Center in iOS 10, which is no longer a single card stocked with all of the expected iOS features, because Apple has made some alteration upon it. The new control center is now a sliding collection of three panels. The first panel is a basic launchpad of settings like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The second panel is dedicated to Apple Music where you can play music and select your favorite songs easily. The last panel, the third one that houses your favorite accessories from Apple’s new HomeKit-focused app “Home.” So, the new control center is now like a secret door to access many apps.


With its new alteration, it may cause some confusion for you to use the new control center. There are some shuffled-around buttons that can make Control Center in iOS 10 a bit discombobulating when the first time we bring it up. Therefore, we have made a guide for you to get a general impression of how to use Control Center, and also how to find your favorite features that may not be where they were before. Hopefully you can follow the guide easily.

Navigating Control Center in iOS 10

Before we go any further to learn every panel, let’s start with navigating Control Center in iOS 10. If we want to launch the control center, simply just swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone from anywhere in iOS 10, including from the mail lock screen, to bring up the control center. The landing tab of control center mirrors a lot of the features from iOS 9 and prior version of iOS, because it is there you will find Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, and Portrait Orientation Lock buttons lined up along the top of the tab, all sitting above the brightness toggle. We are sure that you have no trouble recognizing all contained in this row.

The change in the new Control Center can be seen in the second row. This second row buttons brings the first major Control Center change in iOS 10. The row consists of two medium-sized squares for AirPlay Mirroring and AirDrop, whose locations have been flipped this time around. AirPlay and AirDrop are very important. That’s why Apple puts them for this quick access. AirPlay Mirroring lets you mirror your iPhone screen on a connected Apple TV, while the AirDrop button lets you toggle between “Receiving Off,” “Contacts Only,” and “Everyone” for Apple’s media sharing tool. With these two apps sitting in the control center, it will be easier to access them.


Under the row contained of AirPlay and AirDrop, we find Night Shift. The Night Shift has its own dedicated row, so you can enable or disable the feature easily before its scheduled on/off times. As we know, Night Shift was a small icon between timer and calculator in iOS 9. Now, the last row at the bottom of the first Control Center tray, where you can find the Flashlight, Timer, Calculator, and Camera. All of these apps are not changed from iOS 9. However, all of these apps icon has changed so much with 3D Touch shortcut so that you can do more with each app: The Flashlight can change intensity, Timer includes common interval options, Calculator lets you copy the last result, and Camera has multiple picture option. We can say, they are all in the same place with more functional apps icon.

Controlling Music

Apple dedicates the second control panel of Control Center for Apple Music. It is very easy to access your music now with this alteration. you can launch this panel from the first panel. While you are in the first panel of Control Center, swipe left to switch over to the Apple Music panel. Apple has moved music playback and volume controls into its own separate panel with the iOS 10 update. The change after updating will undoubtedly be a hassle for many iOS users who listen to music regularly, but with a dedicated section of Control Center a few of the controls have been enlarged and a new feature has been added so that controlling music becomes much easier.


If you love listening music a lot, after starting a song in Apple Music you will see the new panel will come alive with the currently playing track, name of the artist and album, and scrub controls to jump to any section of the song, so it is only a matter of second to control the songs, and so on. What you need to do is a tap on any of the text readouts, (current playing track, name or artist and album) and even the album artwork, to jump into the full Apple Music app.

Apple has also introduced a new broadcast feature in Control Center as well as additional to basic play, pause, rewind, and fast-forward buttons, and a volume toggle. All of these alterations are dedicated for iOS users who love music a lot. All of these broadcast can be found all the way at the bottom of the Apple Music section, and should default to “iPhone.” So, if you want to see a list of potential devices you can connect to in order to expand the listening capabilities of the current track to a larger group, you can tap on it. It is because these devices could include any Bluetooth speaker within range that you have already set up via Settings, or a third or fourth generation Apple TV. If you want to change it, you can make a change via Settings, just like the way you used to do. You can choose whichever output you prefer to transfer playback to, and you can reset the iPhone as default by returning to Control Center. You can also powering down the connected device to do so.

Controlling Home

This third panel can be very helpful if you plan on using Apple’s new HomeKit app “Home” in iOS 10. You will find so much helpful of this third panel in which once synced up with any compatible HomeKit accessories in the main app, you just need to swipe left twice from the Control Center launchpad to gain a few basic controls over your smart light bulbs, thermostat, and more. It is possibly need some practice to make you familiar with all of these.

Now, let’s see how to get started with this third panel of Control Center. Firstly, it is important for you to ensure that you have your accessories installed in Home. If you have installed the accessories, tap “Edit” in the top right corner on the main screen in the app to rearrange your favorite accessories. After you have rearranged your favorite accessories, only the top nine of which will appear in Control Center. Based on this fact, you need to follow the same process to prioritize your favorite scenes to activate in Control Center so that you can find it easily. You can choose the most frequently needed accessories to be added in the top nine.


You can control all accessories appear in the Control Center. Within its section of Control Center, Home’s actions are straightforward: you can tap each accessory to either turn it on or off, based on its current state. The best part of all is a clever 3D Touch gesture that brings up a brightness toggle that allows for incremental percentage control of a connected lightbulb such as Hue, for example. You just need to tap “Color” at the bottom of this screen to delve into a dynamic color wheel where you can choose from six preset color option, or you can also edit one to jump into a rainbow color selector so that you can customize your light within Control Center with more color option.

Next, you can also do something with a “Temperature” wheel. In which a “Temperature” wheel further lets you choose from brighter blue light or softer orange light. It is not automatic as we wish, but this option is similar to Night Shift that allow you to generate softer light at night to encourage better sleep. After you have finished what you need to do, you can tap any empty space in these 3D Touch menus to return to Control Center.


You don’t need to arrange your favorite each time you need it. You can save your favorite scenes in a glimpse of your favorite scenes, where you can find grouped collections of HomeKit accessories. Whenever you need it just tap the “Scenes” button in the top right of Control Center’s third panel. In this panel, you will see your top eight favorite scenes, which also offer similar on/off controls for each scene. Unfortunately, there is no expanded 3D Touch support. Whenever you want to go back to the favorite accessories tab, just tap “Accessories” to get you there right away.

Apple prepares iOS 10 with many alterations and improvements. You can find that iOS 10 is full of new features that you will find when you start playing around with the software update, and make yourself familiar with all the new feature soon. There are some more things we need to know about the new iOS 10 and how to take advantages of these. Don’t forget to read the other guides to help you delve into the new iOS 10.

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