Add New Icons to Customize the Control Center

The Control Center is the management tool that provides instant access to controls for Airplane mode, Flashlight, Calculator, Camera and more.  

Custom Icons on Control Center


There are two different methods to open the Control Center depending your iPhone:

  • On an iPhone with a Home button: Swipe up from the bottom by placing your finger next to the Home button and sliding up from the bottom of the screen. To close Control Center, swipe down or press the Home button
  • On an iPhone without a Home button: Swipe down from the top-right edge. To close Control Center, swipe up from the bottom.


The Control Center is covered in Senior Tech Recipe #103 Using the Control Center for Quick Access to Essential Functions

The new and somewhat hidden nugget on the Control Center is the ability to customize it adding additional icons and controls.  For example, you can could add other frequently used apps and functions.

Custom buttons are added to a bottom row on the control center with these steps:



Launch the Settings app.

Tap Control Center, Customize Controls


Setup Actions:

1 Add App – Tap to add this icon to the Control Center.

2 Delete App – Remove this icon from the current Control Center.

3 Move App – Move this icon within the Control Center.


Requires IOS: 11+

Works on iPhone and iPad

Additional Information

The Senior Tech Club recommends the following additional resources for members that wish to pursue additional and/or advanced information on this recipe:

iPhone User Guide – Control Center