iPhone Control Center Not Working? Find Solutions Here

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Your iPhone's control center won't work and you're not sure why? You've tried all known methods to open this simple path to all your features and apps but the control center remains unresponsive? Considering how important it is, not having the control center can make your iPhone very inconvenient to use.

If you've discovered a problem with the control center, this article will help you with solutions that can fix the issue. But before we get to that, it is worth noting that for iPhone 8 or older models, you can access the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the display.
If you are using an iPhone X though, the process is a little different. You can access the Control Center by swiping down from the upper right-hand corner of the display. If you are having trouble opening the Control Center, it is likely that you may not be swiping from high enough or from far right enough. Try swiping from the home button for iPhone 8 or older and from far right upper corner for the iPhone X.

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How to Fix iPhone Control Center Not Working

1. Check Access Within Apps

Some people have problems opening the Control Center within apps. If this is the case for you, it is likely that you may have accidentally turned off "Access within Apps", or some of your operations on iPhone changed the setting automatically. When this feature is turned off in settings, you can only access the Control Center from the home screen. Go to Settings > Control Center and then toggle "Access Within Apps" on if it is turned off.

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2. Check If You've Turned On VoiceOver

VoiceOver can also hinder access to the Control Center. If you use VoiceOver, you can access the Control Center by tapping on the time displayed at the top of the iPhone's display (You know VoiceOver is turned on if the time-clock has a small box around it) and then using three fingers, swipe up from the bottom of the display.

If you don't use VoiceOver, you can simply turn it off by going to Settings > General > Accessibility > VoiceOver. If Voice Over was accidentally turned on, you may have to tap on each menu to turn it off.

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3. Force Restart the iPhone

It is also likely that a software glitch could be causing the problem. In this case, a restart of the device may fix the problem once and for all. Here's how to force restart your device according to the model;

For iPhone 6 and Older Version 

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home Button at the same time. Keep holding the buttons until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

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For iPhone 7 and 7Plus

For iPhone 7 and 7 plus, press and hold the Volume Down button and the Sleep/Wake button simultaneously for about 10 seconds. Keep the buttons compressed until the Apple Logo appears on the screen.

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For iPhone 8/8 plus and iPhone X

Begin by pressing the "Volume Up" button before releasing it quickly. Then, press the "Volume Down" button and release it quickly. Finally press the "Side" button until you see the Apple Logo on the device.

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4. Tip: How to Optimize Controls in iOS 11

Follow these simple steps to delete and re-install controls in your Control Center;

Step 1: Go to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls

Step 2: To delete a control, locate it in the "Include" section. Tap on the red circle with the minus sign inside it next to the control. Tap "Remove" to delete the control.

Step 3: Restart the device

Step 4: Now go back to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls

Step 5: Under the "More Controls" section, click on the green circle with a plus sign on it next to the control you'd like to add the Control Center.

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