How to Add Accessibility Features to iPhone & iPad Control Center

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Since iOS 11 was released, iPhone and iPad users can customize their devices Control Centers to include the apps they use the most. For those with mobility issues and those who are hearing or visually impaired, Apple's accessibility features are a great choice to add to the Control Center. There are many settings to choose from, including RTT/TTY phone call access, an LED flash rather than an audible alarm for alerts, touch accommodations, braille, a magnifying glass, and much more. Let's get started learning how to add Accessibility features to the Control Center on your iPhone and iPad so you can have the features, tools, and settings you need at your disposal. 

Related: How to Use Your iPhone as a Magnifying Glass 

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Customize Control Center

  • Open the Settings app.
  • Tap on Control Center.

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  • Tap Customize Controls.
  • Now tap the + sign to add a control and the - sign then Remove to remove one.

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  • Here you can see I've added the Accessibility Shortcuts to my Control Center. 

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Activate Accessibility Features from Control Center

To open Control Center:

  • Swipe down from the upper-right corner of your screen if you have an iPhone X.
  • Swipe up from the bottom of the display for earlier versions of the iPhone.
  • To open Control Center on your iPad, just double-click the Home button.

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  • Here's the icon for Accessibility features.
  • Now you'll need to enable Accessibility features.

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  • Tap to choose which shortcuts to include.
  • You'll see the shortcuts you chose the next time you open Accessibility features from Control Center.

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Leanne Hays is a Feature Web Writer at iPhone Life.  She loves reading and blogging, and is never without a book in her backpack or an audiobook on her phone. Short-term goals include finishing painting her house and starting an aquaponics farm, long-term goals include a bike tour of Italy and writing a novel.