The lack of physical buttons on the iPhone necessitates some creative uses of the screen in an effort to provide you with access to various settings and features. One way that this is accomplished is by swiping down, up, or to the side of the screen. So if you have ever accidentally opened up a pop-up menu from the bottom of the screen when you meant to type a space in a text message, then you have encountered a menu called the Control Center.
This specific behavior can be adjusted by disabling a feature of the Control Center. Our guide below will show you which setting to change so that you can no longer open the Control Center when you are using another app.
Turn off the Control Center Access from Within Apps in iOS 10
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10. Completing these steps is going to prevent the Control Center from being opened when any app is opened. If you wish to open the Control Center in order to use any of the features on that menu, such as the flashlight, then you will need to close the open app and open the Control Center from the Home screen.
Step 1: Tap the Settings icon.
Step 2: Select the Control Center option.
Step 3: Tap the button to the right of Access Within Apps to turn it off. There should be no green around the button, and the button should be in the left position, when the setting is turned off. I have disabled access to the Control Center from within apps in the picture below.
You should now be able to type an email or a text message without worrying that you will accidentally pen the Control Center when you go to type a space.
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Kermit Matthews is a freelance writer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with more than a decade of experience writing technology guides. He has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Computer Science and has spent much of his professional career in IT management.
He specializes in writing content about iPhones, Android devices, Microsoft Office and many other popular applications and devices.