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 is a useful feature that provides quick access to volume and brightness controls as well as a quick way to turn features like Bluetooth on and off. In iOS 11, it can also be customized with Home, Wallet, Alarm, Notes, Voice Memos, Accessibility Shortcuts, Camera, Low-Power Mode, and other apps.

By default, the Control Center is accessible while the iPad home screen is locked. Just swipe up from the bottom of your iPad screen (or down from the top of an iPhone) to display the Control Center. However, depending on the options you place on the Control Center, you may not want anyone to be able to access it while the screen is locked.

How to Disable the Control Center on the Lock Screen

You can disable the Control Center display on the lock screen. Here's how:

  1. Tap the Settings app to open the iPad's settings.

  2. Tap Touch ID & Passcode (or Passcode or Face ID & Passcode, depending on your device) to bring up the settings in the right window.

  3. Enter your passcode when prompted to do so.

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

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

What Exactly Can You Do in the Control Center?

Before you turn off access to the Control Center, you may want to check out exactly what it can do for you. The Control Center is a great 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 is a good way to extend your iPad's life when it is running low on power. 
  • Lock the orientation. If you've ever been lying on your side in bed and tried to use the iPad, you know the frustration of the screen jumping from landscape mode to portrait mode. Locking the orientation is a great way to solve that problem.
  • Adjust the brightness of the iPad screen.
  • Set a Timer.
  • Take a picture with the Camera. If you don't want to hunt down the camera icon on your home screen, you can go into the control panel for it.
  • 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. The contents of the Control Center are customizable from Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls.