How to Use Control Center on MacOS

Apr 16, 2021 - 4 Comments

How to Use Control Center on MacOS

Control Center on the Mac is easy to use and quite convenient, offering quick access to toggles for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, Do Not Disturb, audio levels, keyboard brightness, and more.

If you’ve used the Control Center on your iPhone and iPad, you’ll know how useful it is for quickly enabling or disabling certain features, and so you’ll certainly be happy that Control Center for Mac is available to use.

Unfamiliar with how Control Center for Mac works? Read along and you’ll learn to use the handy feature in no time.

How to Use Control Center on MacOS

The Mac must be running macOS 11 (Big Sur) or later to have this feature available, earlier versions do not have Control Center.

  1. Control Center can be accessed from the menu bar in macOS. Click on the icon located at the top-right corner of your screen right next to the date and time, as shown below.

    How to Use Control Center on MacOS
  2. The Control Center will now pop up. Here, you can simply click on the icons to quickly enable or disable those features. There are sliders to adjust the brightness of your screen and volume levels as well.

    How to Use Control Center on MacOS
  3. On the other hand, if you want to access further controls for a certain feature, hover the cursor over it and you’ll find a chevron icon if that particular toggle has further controls. Click on it to continue.

    How to Use Control Center on MacOS
  4. Now, you should be able to access more options from the expanded menu in the Control Center. For example, if you click on the Do Not Disturb setting, you’ll have multiple options to choose how long you want the feature turned on.

    How to Use Control Center on MacOS

That’s pretty much all there is to it. Now you know how easy it is to use the Control Center on your Mac.

As you can see, it’s very similar to how it works on iOS and iPadOS devices, except for the fact that you’d long-press on a toggle to access more options. If you also use an iPhone or iPad, you should be able to get a hang of the macOS Control Center in no time.

Although the Control Center comes with a bunch of useful toggles by default, you can customize it to better suit your needs by adding controls for the apps and features you use on a regular basis. Control Center for Mac can be customized by following these instructions, or by heading over to System Preferences -> Dock and Menu Bar in macOS.

Apart from this, you can also drag and pin your favorite menu items to the top of the menu bar if you want to access them with just a single click. For example, if you enable/disable Bluetooth frequently, you can add it to the menu bar so that you don’t have to go through the additional step of opening the Control Center.

Control Center also offers a quicker way to performs some useful tasks that used to be a bit more challenging, like setting Do Not Disturb mode to be always on which is a great way to maintain focus on a Mac if you don’t want to be pelted with endless notifications and alerts.

We hope you were able to familiarize yourself with the new Control Center on macOS. What do you think of this feature on the Mac? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by: Hamlin Rozario in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Bill says:

    The text-link “https://osxdaily.com/?p=110217” leads to a 404.

  2. David Warner says:

    On the OS Tip there is a link associated with the text in the . The link in this paragraph leads to a broken link page.

    “Although the Control Center comes with a bunch of useful toggles by default, you can customize it to better suit your needs by adding controls for the apps and features you use on a regular basis. , or by heading over to System Preferences -> Dock and Menu Bar in macOS.”

  3. Becky says:

    Thank you for info. FYI link broken for customizing control center: https://osxdaily.com/?p=110217

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