Stop Control Center from Appearing in Games & Apps Accidentally in iOS 7

Sep 27, 2013 - Leave a Comment

Control Center is one of the better features introduced to the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch post iOS 7, but because it is accessed with a swipe up gesture it can be fairly easy to accidentally trigger. This is especially true in games where a lot of swiping goes on (like Fruit Ninja), but it can also show up unexpectedly in some apps where you may be swiping around the screen often to scroll around, including Safari.

Prevent accidental Control Center access

Apple must have anticipated this would have been a problem for some users, and they provide a simple settings toggle to prevent Control Center from being accessed inside apps. This leaves Control Center accessible from elsewhere on an iOS device when you need it, while simultaneously preventing it from unintentionally showing up due to a swipe up gesture within any app.

  • Open Settings and tap on “Control Center”
  • Flip the switch for “Access Within Apps” so that it’s OFF

Stop Control Center from appearing in Games and Apps

Exit out of Settings and enjoy your app or game as usual, minus Control Center interruptions. Gamers will probably get the most use out of this setting since the appearance of Control Center can not only be annoying but it can also slow down performance briefly while a transparent screen loads atop everything else, so turning it off for apps may even provide a performance boost if for no reason other than you’ll stop seeing it accidentally and having to swipe it away. Unless you accidentally trigger Control Center with general app usage it’s probably best to leave this setting alone since the control panel settings toggles are extremely useful to have at such quick access.

Control Center

As noted in the settings themselves, turning app Control Center access off continues to allow for Control Center access from the Home Screen and the Lock Screen.

Within the same settings you can also disable Lock Screen access of the control center panel, but for most users that is unnecessary since many of us get the most usage out of the settings toggles from the lock screen, particularly the Flash Light.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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