You can only use the iPhone X Control Center from one spot on your new iPhone and it’s not by swiping up from the bottom of your screen. Here’s how to use the Control Center on iPhone X, including how to customize it.
Instead of swiping from the bottom, you need to swipe down from the upper right corner. The bottom edge of the iPhone X is the home button and also used for gestures.
A swipe down from the upper right corner opens Control Center for you. If you swipe down from the middle, or from the left corner, you go to the Notification Center. Even with a smaller screen that can be a reach, so you may need to use two hands to get to the Control Center on your iPhone X.
Currently you can only get to the Control Center from the home screen, Lock Screen or Notification Center. Once you are on the Notification Center you can swipe down again for the Control Center. We hope that this is something Apple plans to fix with an iOS update since we often use the Control Center while in apps.
If you normally open the Control Center to get to the flashlight, you don’t need to go there anymore. Instead, you just swipe down from the top of the iPhone screen to open the Notification Center, which now has a camera and a flashlight shortcut built in.
Once you figure out where the Control Center is and how to use it, you can customize the shortcuts that are available to you. The video below walks you through the steps, or you can follow these directions.
- Open the Settings App.
- Tap on Control Center.
- Tap on Customize Controls.
- Tap the Red Minus Sign to remove a control.
- Tap the Green Plus Sign to add a control.
- Tap and Hold on the three lines to the right and then drag up or down to change the order of controls that you added to the iPhone X Control Center.
From there, you can start using the iPhone X Control Center as you normally would. You can fill up the screen with shortcuts or stay simple with just a few important ones that you like. You cannot delete the top half of the options.
iPhone X Case or Skin
It's going to be expensive to repair the iPhone X without AppleCare+, and even a $10 case will help protect your screen and the glass back if you drop your iPhone. You can see our favorite iPhone X cases to pick one that you know will be good, or simply look for one with good edge protection and that provides a small lip to keep your screen safe.
For users who don't want a case, an iPhone X Skin is a great option. These don't add any bulk to your iPhone. While they don't add much protection, they can make the iPhone X easier to hold onto, which means there is less of a chance this all glass iPhone will slide out of your pocket or out of you hands.
You may also want to check out the best iPhone X screen protectors to keep the front of your phone safe from drops.
As much as we love the design, our iPhone X will spend most of it's life in a case.