How to Disable Access to Control Center from Lock Screen

Control Center is great because it allows you to quickly do all kinds of useful things like turn Wi-Fi, Airplane Mode, and Do Not Disturb on or off, lock your screen orientation, control playback, adjust volume levels, open your phone's calculator, and use your iPhone as a flashlight. However, some people worry about privacy when Control Center is accessible from Lock Screen (although, rest assured, nothing private can be opened without unlocking your phone), and others get tired of accidentally opening Control Center in an app while playing a game. Which is why Apple made it possible to turn off access to Control Center from Lock screen and within apps. Here’s how to disable access to Control Center from Lock Screen.

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How to Disable Access to Control Center from Lock Screen

To prevent access to Control Center from Lock screen or while using apps:

  • Open the Settings app.

  • Tap Control Center.

  • To disable access to Control Center from Lock screen, toggle off Access on Lock Screen.

  • To disable access to Control Center from within apps, toggle off Access Within Apps.

Whether or not you allow access to Control Center from your lock screen depends on what is more important to you, limiting access to your iPhone, or being able to quickly access Control Center's features without having to unlock your iPhone.

 

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Sarah Kingsbury is the Senior Web Editor of iPhone Life magazine. Previously she wrote for savvyvegetarian.com and was the Associate Editor of the Iowa Source for many years.