Apple announced the launch of redesigned control center at the WWDC event this week with iOS 11. In this article, we will show you how you can customize your iPhone’s control center using the new iOS 11.
When iOS 10 was released, many users were not too happy with the redesigned control center. One of the main reasons around this was the inability to customize the control center. You couldn’t change it. Instead, you had to put with all the controls it displayed out of the box.
Starting with iOS 11, Apple is offering more customization options to the control center.
The New iOS 11 Control Center
When you access the Control Center on your iPhone by swiping up, you will not miss the newly designed control center.
There are easy, and cool vertical slider controls for you for screen Brightness and volume control. You don’t have to fumble with the volume control anymore.
The icons look cleaner and well organized on the full page. When you 3D Touch an individual icon group, it opens up detailed icons on a new page. For example, pressing on the Airplane Mode group of icons opens up detailed actions that you can take.
It’s right there and very easy to access. You can now also add in the “low power mode” control to your control center.
The new ‘Do Not Disturb While Driving’ feature has also been made available in the control center for easy access. We do like the idea behind this feature, as it should help with Safety. (Apple does care!)
The best part is you can now customize what you see in the Control Center. You have the option of choosing from 17 different controls that you want on your control center.
Customize iPhone Control Center Using iOS 11
Open Settings > Control Center
There are two options. The first lets you disable Control Center within apps. When enabled, it prevents Control Center appearing when swiping up when in apps. Control Center remains available on your Home screen(s.)
The second option Customize Controls allows you to pick and choose what features you want showing when swiping up Control Center.
Customize Your Controls
Tap on this option to choose what you want to show on your Control Center’s screen.
The first section is called the “Include.”
Here you define which of the controls you want to be included in your control center. You can also arrange these controls to appear in the order that you want by simply dragging the horizontal bars next to the icon and re-arrange.
All the available controls are now shown under “More Controls”
Simply tap on “+” button next to the control and it adds it to the section “Include.” Once you have added the controls, you can arrange them in the order that you want. You can pretty much add all the controls if you wanted.
The best practice would be to add in your top 4 to 5 favorite controls into your control center so that it makes it more convenient and looks good.
There are a few exceptions to what you can delete from the control center in iOS 11. For example, the controls for Music, Screen Brightness, volume control, screen mirroring, do not disturb, lock mode and wi-fi related controls cannot be removed. Even when you delete all the controls from the “Include” section in your control center, you will find these by default in the control center screen.
At this point, we haven’t seen a provision for adding any third party controls to the control center. That may change in the future. It remains to be seen.
For now, the users that wanted a little more autonomy with the control center can rejoice!