This is the sixth in a series of articles on how to get the most out of your iPhone.  I have been using iPhones for more than five years and have discovered hundreds of useful features within this marvelous device.  These articles will help you discover the hidden power of your iPhone.

Control Center

Control Center puts the most useful settings in one place. And it has been improved in iOS 10.

Swipe up from below the bottom of the screen in most apps and access all of the following settings.

Top row: Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb, Rotation Lock.

Center cluster: Brightness slider, AirDrop, Airplay, and Night Shift.

Bottom row: Flashlight, Timer (and access to other Clock functions), Calculator, and Camera.

If you have an iPhone 6s or iPhone 7, you can press your finger down harder on the icons to produce shortcut menus:

  • The Flashlight now lets you choose from three different brightness levels.
  • The Timer button offers presets for 1 minute, 5 minutes, 20 minutes, and 1 hour.
  • The Calculator displays the last calculation result and copies it into the clipboard.
  • The Camera button offers Take Photo, Record Slo-mo, Record Video, and Take Selfie.

12bSwipe right-to-left for the media controls (position scrubber, play/pause, volume).

If you have HomeKit devices installed, swipe right-to-left for the Home app, (not shown here).

Although you can access the Control Center from the lock screen, it is more secure to turn this access off by going to Settings ’ Control Center ’ Access on Lock Screen ’ Off. If thieves can access your Control Center in the lock screen, they can turn on Airplane Mode and disable Find iPhone which will prevent you from locating and recovering your iPhone.


Jake Jacobs

Jake Jacobs is a retired electrical engineer. He has worked many years in the high-tech arenas of Silicon Valley, MIT, and Orange County, where he co-founded a medical device company. He taught introductory computer science at Stanford University and has created and taught iPhone workshops locally for three years. If you would like more information on Jake's workshops, check out his website at for the Fall schedule. Email Jake at
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