iOS 8 Control Center Issues Frustrate Users

iOS 8 hasn’t been without its issues over the past couple of weeks, and now it seems a handful of users are having problems with iOS 8’s Control Center on both the iPhone and iPad.

According to several community forum posts on Apple’s support forums, many users say that they can’t access Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, while other users claim they also can’t get to the Notification Center.

One user describes the issue and says that while he can access the Control Center from the lock screen, he can’t do so while on the home screen or in-app, even when he enables “Access Control Center from Apps” in the Settings.

As far as what devices this problem exists on, it seems like it can happen on any device running iOS 8, as users have claimed it happens on both iPhones and iPads, including older devices like the fourth-generation iPad and even the iPhone 4s, but it’s also been happening on newer devices like the iPhone 6 and iPad Air.

As for how to fix it, some users say that simply restarting their iPhones and iPads will temporarily fix the problem, but it usually comes back after a while. This is definitely temporary fix, and if the problem ever comes back for you, even after you restart your device, it would probably be best to completely wipe your iPhone or iPad. Of course, make sure to back it up first, that way you can restore all of your apps back onto your device.


However, another fix that we’ve seen involves turning off the “Zoom” feature that’s located in the Accessibility menu in the Settings app. A couple of users had this feature turned on randomly, but once they turned it off, they were able to access Control Center just fine.

If that still doesn’t work for you, though, the next best thing would just be to reset to factory settings and see if that works.

iOS 8 has had a rather rough start, with its first minor update causing major problems for iPhone 6 users. In fact, Apple had to pull the iOS 8.0.1 update because it created so many problems for so many users. And while iOS 8.0.2 was released to fix those issues, iOS 8.0.2 presented its own set of problems.

iOS 8.0.1 came with a handful of bug fixes and improvements including fixes for the keyboards, Photo Library, unexpected cellular data usage when receiving SMS or MMS messages, and much more. Overall, the update seemed to fix a few problems that have plagued users who installed the update on launch day.

Slide up to open Control Center.

Slide up to open Control Center.

However, the minor update created a major problem, with many users reporting that their iPhone 6 could no longer connect to cellular data and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor quit working. We confirmed this ourselves installing iOS 8.0.1 on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus on AT&T and Verizon, and we no longer had cell service on either device and Touch ID wouldn’t work either.

Users who experienced these issues noticed that Searching… appeared up in the left-hand corner of the screen in the status bar where the cell signal is usually located. When that appears instead, it means that you don’t have cell service in that particular area. However, even while located in a well-covered cellular area, some users claimed they couldn’t get service after updating to iOS 8.0.1.

Now that iOS 8.1, the major issues have subsided, but this Control Center problem proves that not everything is 100% working, and it’s always crucial to know that software updates are always a risk to install. Even if an update has been thoroughly tested, there are always new bugs that are found, but iOS 8.1 seems to have fixed most of the major issues.