With iOS 11, Apple provides some great options for you to customize the control center on your iPhone and iPad. You can now choose to keep the controls that you use on a regular basis as opposed to all the controls that Apple offers. Many users find that after updating to iOS 11, some of the control center items do not work as intended. The most common issue is that these controls seem to be frozen and tapping on them doesn’t do anything.
If you are finding unresponsive control center items on your iPhone or iPad, here are a few tips to you with the issue.
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Perform a Forced Restart of Your iPhone or iPad
The first and most obvious thing to do after the iOS 11 install is to do a forced restart on your iPhone or iPad.
- On an iPhone 6S or below plus all iPads & iPod Touches, press Home and Power at the same time until you see the Apple logo
- For iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus: Press and hold both the Side and Volume Down buttons for at least 10 seconds, until you see the Apple logo
- On an iPhone X or iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus: Press and quickly release the Volume Up button. Then press and quickly release the Volume Down button. Finally, press and hold the Side button until you see the Apple logo
If the forced restart didn’t help with your specific control, the next step is to try deleting the particular control out of your settings and re-adding it back.
Deleting and Re-Installing the Control Center item in iOS 11
In order to delete the control out of your control center, tap on Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls
On this next screen, look for the unresponsive control in the top “INCLUDE” section. Once you have located your control, tap on the red circle with the minus sign at the beginning of the control. Tap on ‘Remove’ to delete the control.
This removes the control out of your control center. Restart your iPhone and iPad.
Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls and add back the problematic control that you had deleted in the prior step. Test and see if it works as intended.
Not Seeing Control Center When Swiping in Apps?
If you don’t see Control Center when swiping while in an app OR if you only see Control Center when swiping up on your Home Screen, you probably don’t have the Access Within Apps setting enabled. Go to Settings > Control Center > and toggle ON Access Within Apps.
The toggle for Access Within App is for iPhones and iPod Touch devices. It is not an option on iPad models. That’s because in iOS 11 for iPads, swiping up from the bottom opens the App Dock. And a longer swipe up from the bottom towards the center of your screen opens up both the App Switcher and Control Center.
And no, you cannot block the Dock from appearing with a short swipe from bottom.
So If you’re using an iPad and swiping up only reveals the Dock, you need to swipe further up the screen to show your Control Center, along with the App Switcher.
Want Access to Control Center on Your Lock Screen?
You can enable or disable Control Center from showing on your Lock Screen by going to Settings> Face ID/Touch ID & Passcode and scroll to the section Allow Access When Locked.
Most of the times, the control center works without any hiccups. There are however times when they act slow or seem frozen. We found that most issues with the control center were resolved via deleting and re-adding them back. This approach also worked for the various widgets that folks had issues with during iOS 10. We hope this quick tip helped you with your problem. And if you’re facing other problems with Control Center, please let us know.