How to Open Control Center on iPhone X (& Customize It)

The new gestures on iPhone X have some people confused while others are thinking up ways Apple could have done it better. But whether you like the new placement of control center on iPhone X or not, it’s probably here to stay. Luckily, once you learn how to open Control Center on iPhone X and get used to the new movement, it’s really not that big of a change. We'll cover how to open Control Center on iPhone X, as well as how to customize Control Center. Plus, a bonus tip for those who want to open Control Center a bit easier on iPhone X. 

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Without a Home button on the iPhone X, Apple decided to make returning to Home screen a simple swipe up from the bottom. Which happens to be how Control Center is accessed on all other iPhones. Luckily, the notch at the top of the screen creates two separate sides: a left side for Notifications and a right side for Control Center. That means you need to retrain your brain to swipe down from each of those sides on iPhone X.

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How to Open Control Center on iPhone X

  • Swipe down from the top right side of your screen.
  • You’ve opened Control Center!

If you feel like swiping down from the top is a bit of a stretch, the next part of the article will show you how to enable Reachability for easier Control Center access.

How to Enable Reachability for Easy Control Center Access on iPhone X

  • Open Settings.
  • Select General and tap Accessibility.
  • Toggle on Reachability.

  • Then, to activate Reachability, swipe down on the bottom edge of the screen (for iPhone X users only).
  • Doing so will pop the screen down a bit, at which point you can easily reach the top corner of the lowered screen to open Control Center.

How to Customize Control Center on iPhone X

This is one function on iPhone X that’s the same on any other iPhone running iOS 11 or later. Customizing Control Center is a long requested feature that Apple finally gave us. While you can’t customize every part of Control Center, you can choose which shortcuts you need access to the most.

  • Open Settings.
  • Select Control Center.
  • Tap Customize Controls.

  • From here, you can tap the green circle next to a feature to add it to Control Center and the red circle (and Remove) to remove a feature.
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