Control Center: Advanced Features

Control Center provides instant access to recently used apps and important settings. This article will explain the various options for utilizing Control Center including:

  • Accessing Control Center
  • Opening and Closing Apps
  • Using the Connectivity Buttons
  • Controlling the Music Player
  • Adjusting Volume
  • Adjusting Screen Brightness
  • Mirroring the iPad Screen
  • Customizing Control Center Settings
  • Defining Control Center Settings Options

Accessing Control Center

You can access Control Center from any screen on the iPad. There are two primary methods for accessing Control Center:

1. Double tap the Home Button

Tap the home screen twice quickly to access Control Center.

Tap the home screen twice quickly to access Control Center.

2. Slide from the bottom edge

Place your finger on the bottom edge of the screen and slide to the top to access Control Center.

Place your finger on the bottom edge of the screen and slide to the top to access Control Center.


Opening Apps

When you open Control Center, your most recently used apps will display on the left. Slide from left to right to view additional apps. Tap on an app to open it.

To open an app from within Control Center, simply tap on it.

To open an app from within Control Center, simply tap on it.


Closing Apps

If an app is not working properly or will not respond, you can force close it from Control Center. Locate the app, place your finger on it, and then slide it to the top of the screen.

Place your finger on an app and slide to the top of the screen to close.

Place your finger on an app and slide to the top of the screen to close.


Connectivity Buttons

Use the Connectivity buttons to quickly disconnect from a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connections.

The Connectivity buttons display in the upper left of the Control Center panel.

The Connectivity buttons display in the upper left of the Control Center panel.

Airplane Mode

Airplane mode 

Airplane mode turns off the wireless features on your device so that you comply with airline regulations. By default, this will turn off Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

 

AirDrop Settings

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With AirDrop, you can instantly share your photos, videos, documents, and more with other Apple devices nearby. From Control Center, you can choose who can see your device as available for AirDrop. The button will display in blue if AirDrop sharing is turned on. Tap it to adjust sharing options.

 

The options are:

  • Everyone - Your device will display as a sharing option for all nearby Apple devices.
  • Contacts Only - Your devic will display as a sharing option for anyone that's nearby and saved in your contact.
  • Receiving Off - No one will be able to see your device as a sharing option.
 

Wi-Fi Connectivity

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The Wi-Fi button will display in blue if you are connected to a network. Tap the button to disconnect from the network. The blue highlight will disappear ,indicating that there is no longer a Wi-Fi connection.

 

 

Bluetooth Connectivity

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Bluetooth connections are useful for wirelessly connecting to accessory devices such as speakers, headphones, or keyboards. When Bluetooth is turned on, the button will display blue. To disconnect from Bluetooth accessories, tap the button; the blue highlight will disappear and your iPad will disconnect. 


Controlling the Music Player

If you have music, an audiobook, podcast or other form of media playing on your iPad, you can control the audio from Control Center. Tap and hold on the audio card to enlarge and view controls such as play, pause, and skip.

Tap and hold the audio card to expand playback controls.

Tap and hold the audio card to expand playback controls.


Adjusting Volume

In addition to the audio playback, you can also adjust iPad volume from Control Center. Simply place your finger on the slider and move up or down. To enlarge the slider, tap and hold.

Tap and hold the volume slider to enlarge.

Tap and hold the volume slider to enlarge.


Adjusting Screen Brightness

There is also a slider that can be used to adjust screen brightness. Tap and hold on the slider to enlarge and reveal the Night Shift button. Turn on Night Shift to automatically adjust the colors of your display to the warmer end of the spectrum—making the display easier on your eyes.

Tap and hold the slider to view the Night Shift button. 

Tap and hold the slider to view the Night Shift button. 


Screen Mirroring

Wirelessly share content on your iPad to your Apple TV or other AirPlay enabled device with Screen Mirroring. Tap the button and available AirPlay devices will display. Tap to share your screen.

Tap on the Screen Mirroring button to view available AirPlay devices.

Tap on the Screen Mirroring button to view available AirPlay devices.


Customize Control Center

You can adjust settings and features that display in Control Center. To get started, open the Settings app, select Control Center from the menu on the left and tap on Customize Controls.

Controls that appear in Control Center will display in the INCLUDE section. Tap the red button to remove controls. Additional controls will display under the MORE CONTROLS section. Tap the green button to add a control.

Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls

Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls

 

Tap, hold and slide the Reorder button (three horizontal lines) on the right to change the display order.

Customize the controls and order that they display in Control Center.

Customize the controls and order that they display in Control Center.


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Control Glossary

There are a variety of options available for customizing Control Center on the iPad. The following glossary will provide a summary of each feature.

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Lock Screen

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Lock Screen prevents that iPad screen from rotating it's orientation when you change how you're holding it. When active, the button icon will display in pink. 

 

Accessibility Shortcuts

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Many accessibility features, such as Zoom or Inverted Colors, may be useful on occasion. Adjust which settings display in Accessibility Shortcuts in the Settings app (General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut). From Control Center, tap on the button to view shortcut options.

Tap on the Accessibility button to view shortcut options.

Tap on the Accessibility button to view shortcut options.

 

Silent Mode

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Silent Mode will mute notifications from your iPad. When active, the button icon will display in red.

 

Alarm

Tap the button to open the Alarm section of the Clock app.

 

Do Not Disturb

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Do Not Disturb will silence notifications and incoming FaceTime calls. When active, the button icon will display in purple.

 

Magnifier

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The Magnifier button will launch the camera as a magnifying glass. You have the option to apply filters and freeze the screen to make reading small font easier. Click here for a Magnifier tutorial!

 

Timer

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Tap to open the Timer section of the Clock app. You can also tap and hold the Timer button to reveal quick start timer options. If the timer is running, the button icon will display in yellow.

Tap and hold the Timer button to reveal options for quick start timers. Slide to adjust the time and tap to start.

Tap and hold the Timer button to reveal options for quick start timers. Slide to adjust the time and tap to start.

 

Guided Access

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Guided Accesslimits your iPad to a single app, and let’s you control which features are available. Open Control Center from within an app, and tap the button to start a Guided Access session.

 

Camera

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Tap the button to open the Camera app.

 

Notes

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Tap the button to compose a new notesin the Notes app.

 

Font Size

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Tap the Font Size button to reveal a slider that can be used to adjust the size of the font. Apps that support dynamic type will automatically display your preferred font size.

Tap the Font Size button and slide to change the default size of text.

Tap the Font Size button and slide to change the default size of text.

 

Screen Recording

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Tap the button to start a recording on your screen. A three second countdown will commence and then the recording will begin. A red bar will appear at the top of the screen, indicating that your screen is being record. Tap it to stop the recording.

 

Apple TV Remote

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Tap the button, and a remote to control available Apple TV’s will display.

 

Stopwatch

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Tap the button to open the Stopwatch section of the Clock app.


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