Control Center: iOS 10

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Screenshot of the Control Center on an iPhone.

With a swipe of your finger, the Control Center gives you instant access to the most important controls on your iOS device.  To access the Control Center, simply swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.  iOS 10 has redesigned the Control Center - it's now a sliding collection of three panels.  The first panel includes frequently used controls such as Do Not Disturb, brightness, flashlight, camera and more.  The second panel is dedicated to Apple Music and the third panel controls your favorite "Home" accessories - Apple's new HomeKit which can control accessories in your smart home, such as lights, thermostats, etc.

In the iMore article, Control Center: Ultimate Guide, learn how to use these Control Center features.  Note that the iPhone has more Control Center features than the iPad.

First Control Center Panel: Controls

  • How to access Control Center
  • How to switch Control Center panels in iOS 10
  • How to turn off Control Center from the Lock screen
  • How to turn off Control Center from within apps
  • How to turn on airplane mode from control Center
  • How to turn on Wi-Fi from Control Center
  • How to turn on Bluetooth from Control Center
  • How to turn on Do Not Disturb from Control Center
  • How to turn on orientation lock from Control Center
  • How to AirPlay from Control Center
  • How to AirDrop from Control Center
  • How to turn on Night Shift from Control Center
  • How to start the timer from Control Center
  • How to launch the Calculator from Control Center
  • How to launch the camera from Control Center

Second Control Center Panel: Now Playing

Screenshot of the second Control Center Panel, Now PlayThe article provides details on how to use the second panel, called Now Playing with the Control Center.  Now Playing includes audio functions such as songs, audio books and podcasts.

  • How to access Control Center
  • How to switch to Now Playing in Control Center
  • How to get to the Now Playing app from Control Center
  • How to scrub through what's playing in Control Center
  • How to pause/play playback in Control Center
  • How to skip back or rewind in Control Center
  • How to skip ahead or fast forward in Control Center
  • How to change volume in Control Center
  • How to AirPlay media from Control Center

Third Control Center panel, Home

  • How to access Control Center
  • How to switch to the Home panel in Control Center
  • How to turn on or off Home accessories in Control Center
  • How to change options for Home accessories in Control Center
  • How to re-order your favorite accessories in Control Center

Teacher Hints

Students with visual impairments and blindness (VIB) should explore and learn the Control Center options that will enable them to be efficient iOS device users.  Here are some examples:

  • Do Not Disturb: To avoid distractions, turn off during school hours and during O&M lessons; see O&M Safety: Do Not Disturb post
  • Orientation Lock: Lock iPad so that the orientation does not change if the student tilts the iPad; some apps require a specific orientation
  • Adjust brightness: Beneficial for students who have glare issues
  • AirDrop: Easy and quick way to share large files between teacher/student/peers when physically in close proximity
  • Flashlight: When additional light is needed 
  • Calculator: Easy access when allowed for Math assignments
  • Camera: Low vision students can take pictures of print assignments and use an annotation app to markup, take a picture and use Zoom to view, take a picture and save for study notes; braille students can take a picture of print text and use OCR app
  • Now Play: Quickly access educational audio books and podcasts

When working with students who have multiple disabilities

  • Turn off the Control Center from within apps, to keep students from accidently accessing the Control Center
  • Turn on Orientation Lock so that orientation does not change if the student tilts the iPad
  • Adjust brightness for students who have glare issues

Accessibility

iPad screenshot of the iOS 10 Control Center

The Control Center is fully accessible with VoiceOver.  To access the Control Center with VoiceOver on:

  1. Touch the Status Bar (such as the Time) located at the very top of the screen.
  2. Three finger swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen
  3. Right or left swipe to navigate through items in the Control Center
  4. Double tap to activate an item
  5. Three finger swipe right or left to move forwards/backwards to the next panel
  6. To adjust the value of a slider (such as the brightness slider), move VoiceOver focus to the slider.  Then, 1-finger swipe up or down to increase or decrease the value
  7. Press the Home button to exit the Control Center

The first video below is a quick demonstration of the new iOS 10 Control Center with 3D Touch.  Not all iPhones support 3D Touch.

The second video below is a quick demonstration of using the Control Center with VoiceOver.  Note, the iPhone in this video is running iOS 9.