Why Can’t I Access Control Center When an App is Open on My iPhone?

The Control Center on your iPhone provides a simple way to access certain features and settings on the device. Use these steps to allow Control Center access from within an app on your iPhone.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Control Center.
  3. Tap the button to the right of Access Within Apps.

Our article continues below with additional information and pictures for these steps.

The Control Center on your iPhone can be opened by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, or by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen.

The exact method for your device will depend on which iPhone model you have. If you have a Home button, then you swipe up. If you don’t have a Home button, then you swipe down from the top-right.

You can access the Control Center from the Lock Screen, the Home screen, and even when an app is open.

But if you can’t open it when an app is open, then you may need to adjust a setting to allow that behavior.

Our guide below will show you how to open the iPhone Control Center when an app is open.

How to Enable Control Center Access from Within Apps on an iPhone

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.6.1.

Step 1: Open the “Settings” app.

open Settings

Step 2: Choose the “Control Center” option.

choose Control Center

Step 3: Tap the button to the right of “Allow Access Within Apps.”

how to access Control Center within apps on iPhone

There will be green shading around the button when the option is enabled. It is enabled in the picture above.

You can then test this out by opening an app on the device, then using the method for your device to open the Control Center.

Note that there is a Customize Controls option on this screen. If you select that option you are able to add or remove various buttons from the Control Center.

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