YOUR iPhone Control Centre is seriously powerful – if you know how to use it right.
There are several hidden tricks that you might never have noticed.
How to open Control Centre
First, you’ll want to know exactly how to get to your Control Centre.
On an iPhone with Face ID face-scanning, you do this by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen.
But if you’re on an iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom instead.
The iPhone has a built-in countdown timer that’s available through the default clock app that comes pre-installed on your device.
It’s super handy for workouts, and can also remind you when it’s time to take your dinner out of the oven.
Typically, users access the timer by opening the app and navigating to it using the button at the bottom of the display.
But you can use the clock icon in the Control Centre to quickly set a timer.
Hold the clock icon to set a timer of between one minute and two hours, and tap start to get it going.
It’s actually possible to adjust the brightness of the flashlight.
So if you’re really struggling, you can set it to maximum brightness.
Or you can reduce it if you simply need a dim light in the darkness.
Then simply tap and hold on the torch icon until a slider appears.
You can drag your finger up or down to change the brightness level.
Control Centre can do so much more, if you customise it in the right way.
Go into Settings > Control Centre – it’s just below General.
From there, you can toggle loads of features on or off.
For instance, this is how you can access the iPhone’s built-in Screen Recording feature.
You can have a Magnifier function, or a quick-access Music Recognition tool.
There’s a button to toggle Low Power Mode on.
And you can even quickly enable Guided Access so you can show a person something on your iPhone without them being able to access other content.
You can quickly make Voice Memos, enable the Stopwatch, or turn Dark Mode on and off.
Keep it locked down
The Control Centre can be accessed from your Lock Screen, which isn’t always ideal.
It doesn’t reveal too much but does display things like the music you’re listening to – and any other options you may have added to it as well.
Not only that, it allows people to mess about, taking photos with your camera or switching things off like Bluetooth.
But an easy switch means no-one can access the control centre while it’s locked.
All you need to do is go to Settings and find Face ID & Passcode.
Enter your passcode to proceed.
Scroll down until you find the list titled ‘Allow access when locked’.
And switch Control Centre off.
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