iPhone Accessing control center is difficult

Discussion in 'iOS 12' started by droplink, Nov 20, 2018.

  1. droplink macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2014
    I have problems acccessing the control center in my iphone 8. I know it is supposed to open when I slide upwards from the bittom; but for me, it works only 1 out of 10 times, and when I really beed it (like getting the flashlight!) it never works.

    Is there a way of getting it some other way?
  2. NoBoMac Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Settings > General > Accessibility > Assistive Touch
  3. droplink thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Thanks. I like that, shame that button has to be visible on the screen permanently. :/
  4. NoBoMac, Nov 20, 2018
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2018

    NoBoMac Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jul 1, 2014
    Or can do a one action Shortcut. Add the "Set Flashlight" action to a new Shortcut. Setup the option on the action to Toggle. In the settings for the Shortcut, toggle "Show in Widget" and tap on "Add to Home Screen". You now have an icon on the home screen to simply tap on, and have it in the Widget screen (once you put the Shortcuts widget on the Widget/Notifications screen aka swipe right from Home screen).

    However, this way, will drop you into the Shortcuts app and will need to exit that to get back to Home screens.

    Guessing probably a ton of apps out there that will do a toggle as well. But as in Shortcuts, now need to exit to get back to what was doing.

    ADD: if the difficulty is accessing from lock screen, double check the Settings > Touch/Face ID & Passcode > Allow Access When Locked options and see if Control Center is on or off. If off and trying from lock screen, could be the issue (aside: I'd keep it off as seems like many of the security issues when found with iPhones are via everyone having access to Control Center when locked)
  5. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Considering the actual home button is always visable, it makes sense that a virtual home button would follow suit..
  6. droplink thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2014
    Thanks NoBo, that was a good idea! It is cumbersome to have to open phone, click the app, then click the shortcut, but it works. It works 100% of the time, whereas I could only get the control centre to appear about 10% of my attempts.
    I dont know what Apple changed, but in iOS10, I always got it to work, and I don't consider myself a complete muppet.

    Yeah cheers, I kinda could figure that one out, you know. :)
    In case you did not notice, I was not specificly looking a virtual home button, only for a workaround for the control centre, and NoBoMac was kind enough to provide a couple, the virtual home button being one of them.
  7. StandingGoose macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2017
    That's weird. Are you starting the slide from below the screen, in the chin area? In fact, if I need to do it one-handed or when busy with trying to do two things at once, I usually start at the physical bottom edge of the phone to make sure I'm down far enough.
  8. ZEEN0j macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2014
    This. Start from outside of the screen when you slide. I never have problem with getting control center to show. Unless the keyboard is up, that’s still a gamble.
  9. droplink thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2014
    YES! :)

    That was part of my problem. I was touching part of the screen first, then sliding up.
    I realised that after posting and experimenting - doh!
    However, I still cannot get it to work properly when the phone is activated (on the home screen and elsewhere) so the Shortcuts app helps me here.

  10. chabig macrumors 603

    Sep 6, 2002
    Glad you figured out how to swipe. "Hey Siri, turn on the flashlight" or just press the home button and say "Turn on the flashlight" also works.
  11. StandingGoose macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2017
    Hmm... it should always work from the Home screen. Two ideas:

    1. Check that "Settings/Control Center/Access Within Apps" is turned on.

    2. Make sure you're not touching the screen with another finger/thumb before doing the swipe. Perhaps your "gripping" hand overlaps the screen?
  12. Polaroid macrumors 6502a

    Oct 1, 2013
    No idea why they wasn’t smart and just included it in the multitasking window... either to the right of the apps or below.... seems simple enough.
  13. rosewood68 macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2011
    I gave up on trying to swipe up for control center to access flashlight when I need it quickly. It always required several swipe up tries from home screen or lock screen when enabled. I installed 3rd party flashlight app on home screen so I can get it quickly every time.
    IOS 11.4.1 on iPhone 7

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