Where is the Control Center on my iPhone?

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Today, I was trying to follow instructions from Apple on how to Screen Record on my iPhone. The instructions said to open my Control Center. I didn’t know what Apple considers my Control Center. In case this is you too, here’s a quick description and instructions for customizing and accessing your iPhone’s Control Center.


Note: My iPhone is an iPhone 11 Pro and is currently running software version 15.5. This demo may or may not work for others on different iPhones or running different software versions.


What is the iPhone Control Center?

Your iPhone Control Center is the overlay panel that you access by swiping down from the top right of your screen. It’s the area where you adjust brightness and sound levels or turn on airport mode. I bet you’re saying, “Ahhhh…I know what it is now.” Yep, me too.

Items in iPhone Control Panel - adjust brightness and sound levels, or turn on airport mode

Looks familiar, right?

Where is my iPhone Control Center?

The iPhone Control Center is hidden until you swipe to reveal it. Swipe up to hide it again. The swipe on iPhone X and later for the Control Center is from the top right of your screen. Be careful, you access Notifications by swiping from the top middle of your screen.

Are there Apple-provided docs to help me with Control Panel access and customization?

Yes, of course. I found these Apple resources especially helpful:
Access Control Center on your iPhone and iPod touch
Take a screenshot or screen recording on iPhone

Hope this helps someone else who needed just a bit of extra help.

Happy iPhoning!

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Kelly Barkhurst

Designer to Fullstack is my place to geek out and to share tech solutions from my day-to-day as a designer, programmer, and business owner (portfolio). I also write on Arts and Bricks, a parenting blog and decal shop that embraces my family’s love of Art and LEGO bricks!

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