How to Disable the Control Center on the iPad Lock Screen

Turn off Control Center to safeguard your iPad when it is locked

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The iPad Control Center provides quick access to volume and brightness controls as well as a quick way to turn features like Bluetooth on and off. You can also customize it with Home, Wallet, Alarm, and other apps.

By default, you can access the Control Center while the iPad is locked. Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen to display it. However, you may not want anyone to use it while the screen is locked. You can set the Control Center not to be available on the lock screen. Here's how.

These instructions apply to iPads running iOS 11 and later.

How to Disable the Control Center on the Lock Screen

  1. Open the iPad's Settings.

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  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode.

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  3. Enter your passcode.

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  4. In the Allow Access When Locked section, move the slider next to Control Center to the off position.

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  5. Now the Control Center cannot be viewed from the lock screen. This does not affect its performance when the iPad is unlocked.

What Can You Do in the Control Center?

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Before you turn off access to the Control Center, you may want to check out what it can do for you. The Control Center is a shortcut to a lot of features. In addition to tweaking your music, controlling the volume, pausing music, or skipping to the next song, here are a few other things you can do from the Control Center:

  • Turn on or off Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Turning on Airplane Mode can extend your iPad's life when it is running low on power. 
  • Lock the orientation. This option stops the iPad from switching between landscape and portrait modes when you rotate the device.
  • Adjust the brightness of the iPad screen.
  • Set a Timer or Alarm.
  • Take a picture with the Camera.
  • Reach Accessibility Shortcuts.
  • Use the Apple TV Remote app.
  • Take Notes.
  • Record the Screen.

These and other handy functions are available from the Control Panel. You can customize them from Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.