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Cannot Open Control Center in iOS 8? Here’s The Fix

Last updated: October 9, 2014 at 9:38 am

Apple introduced Control Center in iOS 7 and refined it further for iOS 8 software. In this how-to tutorial you will learn how to open or activate Control Center on your Apple devices like iPhones and iPads.

Before we go ahead, here’s a quick story: one of our reader Milka says the Control Center doesn’t work with iOS 8. He was inside an app and swiping up (from the bottom of the screen) to open the new Control Center, but nothing happened.

Our thoughts? This isn’t the first time someone has complained about Control Center. In fact, if we go back to the iOS 7 days, you will notice lagging and disappearing of Control Center was a common problem.

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Problems With Control Center on iPhone Devices. Source: Apple Forum

The Quick Guide On Opening Control Center in iOS 8

In our testing, we haven’t found Control Center to slow down or get stuck. And it certainly didn’t disappear anywhere. The solution you are about to follow is simple yet often overlooked. To open or bring up Control Center on your screen, you have to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Go to Settings
Step 2: Tap on Control Center
Step 3: Turn ON “Access on Lock Screen”
Step 4: Turn ON “Access Within Apps”

Explanation: Following Step 3 allows you to open Control Center even when the iPhone or iPad is locked. Step 4 helps you in accessing Control Center even when you are using apps.

Now you can pull or swipe from bottom of the screen to get the Control Center.

Update: Swiping up doesn’t open Control Center? No worries – this happens all the time. For example, when you are using Messages app, with the keyboard, opening Control Center can be a nightmare.

The solution is to swipe up from the edge of the screen – and not from the center. This also stops you from accidentally typing letters from the keyboard and brings up Control Center without any issues.

Note: Articles written at iOS8release.com are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware
  • Josh

    Do u think we’re retarded? Both those switches are on and it still doesn’t work

    • http://ios8release.com iOS8Release

      So sorry you feel that way. If you could describe the problem, it would be easier for all of us.

      • Bob

        He did describe the problem. He has both switches on and swiping up doesn’t work. I have the same problem.

        • Brett Hancock

          Same here. 8.0.2 control center never opens, this is not a solution.
          Edit: Just checked my phone and it says update 8.1 is available so I will see if this helps.

          • npsprof

            Similar problem, but different symptom. Cannot access control center (swipe up) from any screen, however can access both camera from lock screen (swipe up) and notification center (swipe down).

            Now the interesting part – if I remove phone from my Otter Box Defender case, the access to control center by swipe up works fine on lock or home screen! BTW, I do have a Verizon installed screen protector on the phone also.

            Any comments?

          • Dana Eklund

            The Otter Box Case has a plastic shield which makes it less sensitive to the human touch. After removing mine, it’s much more responsive (but not perfect)

  • Poli

    “Swipe up” is a horrible idea for a shortcut. Just drag your finger across all the other things on your screen, like they don’t do anything! I liked when it was a double click on the button. Now I can’t access control screen functions unless I get lucky and it decides to work for once.

    • Jordan

      Try this. Double tap then swipe up. At least you’re not swiping on stuff

  • Vincent Le Feuvre

    it happened to me and it drove me nuts… I tried everything, settings, switching the device and back on again. Until I realised i was swiping to the right but sideways, even on the edge of the screen like somebody said…. but sideways until i realised my mistake… it was muscle memory… i don’t know… its vertically, now i know

  • Dana

    My iPhone is up to date. It worked perfectly fine but a couple of days ago dragging the control centre wouldnt work unless my phone is locked. Checked my settings and they’re both on. When I restart it it works for a while and stops back again, tried all places.

    • Alyssa McGilvery

      Same with me! Soo annoying I just updated to iOS 8.1.3 and thinking it could be that??

  • npsprof

    Similar problem, but different symptom. Cannot access control center (swipe up) from any screen, however can access both camera from lock screen (swipe up) and notification center (swipe down).

    Now the interesting part – if I remove phone from my Otter Box Defender case, the access to control center by swipe up works fine on lock or home screen! BTW, I do have a Verizon installed screen protector on the phone also.

    Any comments?

    • Nawnp MCPE

      It is most likely your case then, a swipe up has to be off screen to on screen in which your case probably goes right to the edge of screen and stops there. Fix:get a newer case that doesn’t cover as much of the bottom part of your device.

      • beinuppity

        I was having this problem too, 5S, Otterbox Defender. When I saw your comment, ” …a swipe up has to be off screen to on screen…”, I decided to try that, and – TADA!! Works every time. I just start my swipe with my finger barely off the screen, in the corner (as suggested in another comment) and haven’t had a fail since. Many thanks for an annoying problem solved.

  • Stephanie

    Mine worked fine for months then all of a sudden it didn’t. Setting were set correctly but only worked on lock screen. The swipe down for Notification Center didn’t work either unless on lock screen. I did a hard reset and it’s working . . . for now. Time will tell if I need to keep doing resets to fix it.

    • JL

      Same here. The hard reset brought back the control center swipe up on home screen.

  • http://c-red-ulous.tumblr.com Xavier Gomez

    For those looking to swipe control center when the keyboard is in the way just swipe further than usual. swipe from bottom to top like usual but continue the slide until it shows up.

  • Jjripikoi

    Go to settings > general > accesability > and turn zoom off

    • John

      This worked for me perfectly, so thank you very much.

    • http://resourceguruapp.com/ Andrew Rogoff

      Thanks! That solved my problem :)

    • Pablo

      Thanks a lot! I could not find that information anywhere but in your comment.

    • me

      you are a God-send. Thank you so much. was getting really annoyed

    • Peter

      Thanks!!!!!

  • Uptown

    Thanks!

  • NateJo

    Still not coming up and both of those are turned on…

  • Ami

    I cant open the camera from the lockscreen with swipe up or control center. It just turn out black and shows nothing. Its iphone 5s anyway, i updated it to iOs 8.2 yesterday. Any solution?

  • Candypop

    Same here I updated to iOS 8.2 yesterday and the control centre just stopped working today! Very frustrating.

  • Kushner

    This is a problem that I’ve experienced for a while, and I found out that it remedies itself if I switch off and on my iPhone 6 plus. It continues to work for a while before it fails again which definitely will happen. When that happens I repeat the procedure.

  • Brian

    Both are turned on. I just double checked. I can open control center in the lock screen, but not on the homescreen or in apps

  • Emily Schabinger

    I was having the same problem with an iPhone 6 with the new update. I turned the zoom off and now it works flawlessly all the time

    • Anon

      Yes omg thank you!!!

    • Kristin

      Oh thank you, thank you!

    • Andrea Dardón

      Genius! Thanks a lot :)

    • Caitlin177

      Thank goodness you are here to actually solve the problem!! Thank you!

  • Brenda

    This worked, thank you so much!!

  • Philip

    Nothing is working for me in terms of getting my control center up

  • Sue J

    What a star!. Only had my iPhone a week and had accused my 7 year old grandson of “fiddling” with stuff. I was the one who activated “zoom”. Thanks for the tip.

  • Allen

    Ipad answer is to use ASSISTIVE TOUCH on Settings / Accessibility. Then the damned Control Center is ALWAYS on screen (or rather a white glowing button is, which takes you to C.Center, etc).

    • Crystal

      Oh my gosh that is so helpful thank you

  • Tone2

    Yup switching zoom off works like a charm. Thank you.

  • Alexar

    This worked for me! Go to Settings > Control Center. Turn off / on. Reset your phone.

  • TeAnthony Amaris McPherson

    Thanks!!!