Last updated: June 25, 2019
Touchscreen devices like the iPhone may initially seem like they are pretty straightforward to use, but there are actually a number of interesting options that are available on any given screen. One of these options is the Control Center, which you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.
The Control Center offers quick access to helpful options like the flashlight, Bluetooth, camera and more. You can also access it from your lock screen, which makes it convenient when you need to quickly access one of these options. But if you can’t access the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom on the lock screen, then follow the steps below.
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The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.2. Note that you are going to need to know the device passcode (if one is set) in order to change the necessary setting.
The first section of this article provides a quick overview of how to change this setting. You can continue scrolling or click here to view the full guide with pictures.
- iPhone passcode
- Open the Settings menu.
- Choose the Touch ID & Passcode option.
- Enter the device passcode.
- Tap the button to the right of Control Center to turn it on.
Anyone with physical access to your iPhone will be able to access the Control Center without unlocking the device.
Full Guide – How to Enable the Control Center on the iPhone Lock Screen
Step 1: Touch the Settings icon.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Touch ID & Passcode option.
Step 3: Enter the passcode.
Step 4: Scroll down to the Allow Access When Locked section, then tap the button to the right of Control Center.
To test this out right away, simply press the Power button on the top or side of your iPhone, press it again, then swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
One of the options on the Control Center is Bluetooth, which has a lot of interesting applications. You can even play music over a Bluetooth speaker like this for some simple wireless music around the house.
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