How-to: get an iOS 7-like pull-up Control Center on your Android device
"An iOS-like Control Center? On my Android? What is this blasphemy?!" - you might be asking. Calm down, Android loyal, no one from Apple is going to hurt your phone. All we want to show you is an easy way to obtain a convenient feature - especially if you own a tall, wide smartphone with a 5-inch display or more. We're talking about a control panel that you comfortably pull up with your thumb from below the home screen, instead of awkwardly reaching (or using a second hand) for the screen's upper edge to pull down the Notifications menu. This isn't only a case of ergonomics, though. Android Control Center, also known as Quick Control Panel on the Google Play Store, is a highly customizable utility for those of you that want ultimate control with the flick of a thumb. Here's how to try it out.
On your desktop or Android device, head over to the XDA Developer Forum, and install the Android Control Center APK. If you are running Android 4.2.2 and lower, get v14, otherwise get v18. Note that you can get the app by searching for Quick Control Panel in the Play Store, but over there, it has free and paid versions. Note that the paid version is actually the one available for free from the XDA Forum. How come? Don't worry, there's nothing illegitimate here - the developer is simply giving the app away to the community, while encouraging users to support his work by buying Quick Control Panel from the Play Store. It's only $1.85.
- If your device has hardware keys, hold your thumb on the Home button and choose Android Control Center to complete the action. As always, you can assign the toggle to permanently open ACC, or stick to Google Now.
What is this that stands before you? It's lean, mean control panel! Let's dig into it. On the lower side, you have indicators for time, date, and battery life (but we disabled that one). Above them, you have handy music controls. Here's the first thing of beauty about this app - when you are playing a game, or browsing, you no longer have to give up what you're doing just so you can open your music player to change the song or something else. Simply call up Android Control Center from your Home button, change or pause the tune, and come back to what you were doing with the back button. ACC appears as an overlay over everything you might have open, including the Android interface, but it's only there if you need it.
The upper side has Brightness and Volume sliders, and above these, you will find a rich shortcuts menu. The ubiquitous Wi-Fi, GPS, Location mode, and other toggles that you might find in Android's pulldown Notifications menu are there. Scroll left and right to browse shortcuts and toggles. Aside from quickly toggling system functions, ACC lets you assign an infinite number of app shortcuts in the same line. Simply tap on a slot and assign the app you want to it. Interestingly, you can also change each shortcut's icon to whatever you wish. But this happens elsewhere.
The rest of the menus keep going in the same spirit. You will be bored out of reading long before we manage to take you through them all. We'll just clue you in about some options. If you want the ACC to have an iOS 7-like white appearance, instead of Android's dark Holo-styling, you should head to Color Settings and choose the Light color scheme. It looks really good on stock Android. Some other options that captured our attention are the crazy-extensive customizations. ACC lets you adjust the swipe detection region, the quick toggle buttons' appearance, all colors used in the theme, and so much else it's overwhelming.
If you like what you've read so far and want to try out the app yourself, download it from the following links and go to town. Happy customizing!
1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Wait for it...."The beauty of Android". :P
6. magnanimus (Posts: 291; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
That's why I love android. You can make your phone into something thats yours. Not just conform to standards set by "some companies" which they think is best for you. On android, you choose whats best for you :P
28. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
Nicely put. This is why Android is the spiritual successor to the personal computer and why so many people love Android.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Apple and Microsoft only offer dead end closed platforms. The only choice a customer has with these two companies is what flavor of fascism they prefer more.
15. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1282; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Of what? I have a Nexus 5, obviously running on KitKat.
18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1419; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
But still your fav platform doesn't offer this kinda functionality...
21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5478; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
What functionality it doesn't offer?
22. bbblader (Posts: 579; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
What kind of functionality? iOS's functionality to be plain simple?
23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4000; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
Android has had that ability for years, but I guess that's the beauty of Android...
If I want to make my phone look like an iOS iToy I can, if I want it to look like WP i can do that also, & If I want it to be ORIGINAL one of a kind, I can root.
So YES that is the BEAUTY of Android.
38. Blazers (Posts: 203; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)
Unless you're using a Note 3 updated to 4.4.2.....then no root for you :(
35. sriuslywtf (Posts: 239; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
This is how its done:
"The beauty..." Wait for it.. "of Android"
36. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
hahahaha.... the most popular comment in android articles
3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 313; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)
I can do all these things from my notification panel.....just swipe down, its more easy....
11. nestea (unregistered)
If you have smartphone with big display, eassier to swype from down to pull off notification/control center
37. buccob (Posts: 1409; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Well I can't... I am stuck with a 4.1.2 Sony Xperia that does not allow me to add more toggles...
So I installed this excellent app and made it look almost exactly as the original Xperia Toggles on top... removed duplicates, removed music control, and made it open only half-way of the screen... AND the best is that it can be set to access from the lock screen (something I can't with stock notification bar if I have a security like pattern enabled)...
Also to prevent accidental swipes, I made the swipe area much narrower and to the left.....
I absolutely LOVE this application. MILES ahead of Apple's Control Center
4. bigv6691 (Posts: 9; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
I use Easy Control, but I believe that was taken down from the play store, which is a shame.
5. alltechinside (Posts: 239; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)
Idk if I'm the only one, but I never really liked control center. It felt like Apple needed to make shortcut toggles and they just slapped everything under control center. It doesn't look clean, but hey, it's functional!
Regardless, nice to see Android getting choices. Like people say, "The beauty of Android"
14. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
iOS doesnt have on screen buttons so probably they'll slap it on the button. Yep its functional but not customizable. Its like "better to have that than nothing".
I hope they'll improve the control center.
8. SAO101789 (Posts: 123; Member since: 10 Feb 2014)
Love apples iTunes media Store but I'm going android I can live without apple apps. Or I can just get a ipad for them cx
Customize my phone to the MAX!!:D
9. ThePython (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 May 2013)
I have a proper notification/quick access bar on my TouchWiz device. No thanks.
10. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 373; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
Lol, a much better* version was released the day iOS7 was announced.
*By better I mean more iOS like and simpler in terms of features.
12. chocowii (Posts: 327; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)
I hope the home button toggles to have several selections like the ones on the lock screen.
13. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
It is on the PlayStore...change your launcher/notification center anyway you want...
17. MEeee (Posts: 232; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
With Next Launcher, you can customized any gestures on the screen for notification.
24. MobileGuru (Posts: 78; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)
Great app recommendation PA!! I'm now using it to lock my phone without the using the physical key.
25. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)
I use control centre, it looks better than this, and is of very small size, and setting it up is very simple and easy.....
26. decent4u (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
Apple's going to sue Samsung because there is a control center on some Samsung devices.
27. Deerajrp (Posts: 15; Member since: 15 Aug 2010)
But accessing it from the home button seems cumbersome .
29. AfterShock (Posts: 2799; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Nice app idea, but feels redundant to me in use.
30. NOSrawesome (Posts: 24; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
I've been using an all called sidebar launcher. It's similar except that you do it from the side of your phone
32. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
yeah, my device comes with one, and there also one that places choices around in a circle, but, I turned them both off, for now....
34. Karriope (Posts: 95; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)
There's a reason I got a 4.5 inch device...