How to Stop Accidentally Opening the Control Center When Typing a Space on Your iPhone

It’s pretty frustrating when you are trying to do something on your iPhone, and you do something accidentally.

It might be tapping a notification that opens another app, or you may accidentally switch between apps.

Our tutorial will show you how to stop another annoyance from happening by learning how to stop the iPhone Control Center from opening while you are using an app.

Can I Stop My iPhone Control Center from Opening in Apps?

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Choose Control Center.
  3. Turn off the Access Within Apps option.

Our guide continues below with additional information on stopping the Control Center from opening in iPhone apps, including pictures of these steps.

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.

Related Article: If your iPhone flashlight keeps turning on, then check out our how to turn off flashlight on iPhone 11 guide for a couple of ways to shut it off.

How to Turn off the Control Center Access from Within Apps in iOS 10 (Guide with Pictures)

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.

open the settings menu

Step 2: Select the Control Center option.

open the control center menu

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.

stop accidentally opening the control center when typing space on iphone

You should now be able to type an email or a text message without worrying that you will accidentally open the Control Center when you go to type a space.

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