One of the best features Apple introduced on iOS 11 was the ability to edit and customise the Control Centre on your iPhone. 

The Control Centre is where you'll find the Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Mobile Data toggles when you swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone (Touch ID models), or when you swipe down from the top right corner (Face ID models).

Assuming you have the latest iOS software update downloaded and installed on your iPhone, it is possible to customise which controls you want to see and which you don't, as well as the order you want to see them in. Here's how.

How to customise Control Centre

  • Open Settings > Scroll down to Control Centre > Customise Controls

From here, you'll see a list of controls - it's not an endless list - there are still some restrictions. Those that are listed however will have a green plus or a red minus symbol next to them on the left.

Those with the red minus are already a part of your Control Centre, and tapping on the red minus will remove them, while those with a green plus next to them can be added.


There are 20 controls in the list, all of which can be added, though bear in mind not all of them will immediately appear when you swipe up from the bottom, or down from the top of your iPhone, depending on which model you have.

As an example, the iPhone XS will show 16, with the remaining four visible with a small swipe up. The iPhone 8 Plus will show 12 with the remaining eight appearing when you swipe up.

You can change the order in which the controls appear by tapping and holding the three lines on the right-hand side of the control and moving it up or down your list.

Which controls are available to add to the Control Centre?

The 20 controls available to add or delete from your iPhone's Control Centre are as follows:

  • Torch
  • Calculator
  • Camera
  • Alarm
  • Notes
  • Voice Memos
  • Wallet
  • Scan QR Code
  • Accessibility Shortcuts
  • Do Not Disturb While Driving
  • Apple TV Remote
  • Guided Access
  • Hearing
  • Home
  • Low Power Mode
  • Magnifier
  • Screen Recording
  • Stopwatch
  • Text Size
  • Timer

Which controls can't be edited on the Control Centre?

There are a few controls within the Control Centre that can't be edited, or re-ordered. These remain at the top of the Control Centre when you swipe up or down, depending on your iPhone.

  • Airplane Mode, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and Mobile Data
  • Music Controls
  • Screen Rotation Lock
  • Do Not Disturb
  • Screen Mirroring
  • Display Brightness
  • Volume

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