Because it lacks a Home button, Apple’s iPhone X requires users to perform an upward swipe from the bottom edge of the display to get to their Home screen.

That gesture conflicts with prior models that respond to it by bringing up Control Center, but don’t worry—iPhone X still lets you access the Control Center interface.

Memorize the following gesture so that you can quickly access your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, as well as use other features in iOS 11’s customizable Control Center.

How to show Control Center on iPhone X

To show Control Center on your iPhone X, jus swipe down on the right “ear”: that is, the top-right edge of the screen where the battery icon is located.

TIP: If you frequently use Control Center to toggle the flashlight on or off, you can now use flashlight right from the Lock screen of your iPhone X: simply press the flashlight icon in the bottom-left corner of the Lock screen to turn it on or off.

When invoked from the Lock screen, you cannot adjust flashlight intensity by dragging your finger up or down like you would in Control Center.

How to hide Control Center on iPhone X

When Control Center is active, the carrier, signal strength and battery icons are temporarily relocated from the device’s right notch to the area just below the notch.

To hide Control Center and get back to what you were doing, swipe up from the Home indicator at the bottom of the display or tap an empty space between the Control Center toggles.

To access Control Center in one-handed mode with Reachability active, simply swipe down from the right side of the middle of the screen.

TUTORIAL: How to replicate Home button functionality on iPhone X

Don’t forget you can add and organize toggles in Control Center by venturing into Settings → Control Center → Customize Controls, then tap the plus or minus icons to add or remove toggles. To rearrange a control, tap and hold its right side and drag it to a new position.

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  • dnice

    maybe its just me, but i hate the app switcher. its so finicky and now you gotta hold on a card to invoke the x’s to close out of apps. swiping up with just go to the home screen, unless im missing something?

    • Ashkan Aliloo

      You can swipe card up for force-close, after holding on them for a sec. when the x is showing. I find that annoying too.

      • dnice

        Yeah it’s just a poor choice of a “solution” by apple

    • Carlos B

      That along with the Control Center gesture really just frustrates me. Neither make much sense at all.

      • dnice

        I agree. The one that really pisses me off is the fact you can’t have your battery percentage displayed, unless you invoke the control center. Very stupid.

  • andrei endriu

    Having do drag all the way from top on a big screen sucks…why don’t they just put everything on bottom ?

  • Too often do I end up throwing away an all I’m in trying to invoke control center. Gonna take some getting used to.