How-to: get an iOS 7-like pull-up Control Center on your Android device

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.

Anyway, after installing the APK file, you should see a new icon in your app drawer, called ACC Settings. This means the installation was successful. Now, do the following:

- If your device has on-screen navigation buttons, hold your thumb on the Home button until the Google Search toggle appears. Slide onto it, and Android will ask you which app you want to complete the action. This time around, it won't be Google Now - you want Android Control Center. You can assign this gesture permanently, or open ACC just once - it's your call.

- 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.

So, is this all there is to this Android Control Center? Hold up, we've only scratched the surface so far. Remember the new icon that showed in your app drawer. Hunt it down, open it, and welcome yourself to the Android Control Center's control center! It puts hundreds of customization options at your fingertips - perhaps more than you know what to do with. For starters, the General Preferences menu lets you remove the music player interface, remove the toggles, or have both show up in the ACC. You can toggle different gestures and buttons or on off, apply a third-party icon pack, change the animation of the pull-up menu (we definitely prefer the fade-in), change the time and date format, and lots more.

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!

Download Android Control Center: XDA Developers | Google Play (Free) | Google Play (Premium)



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Wait for it...."The beauty of Android". :P

6. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 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.

7. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Yes ofcourse... Jealous huh???

15. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Of what? I have a Nexus 5, obviously running on KitKat.

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

But still your fav platform doesn't offer this kinda functionality...

19. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I don't have a "fav" platform.

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What functionality it doesn't offer?

22. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

What kind of functionality? iOS's functionality to be plain simple?

23. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lol O...K... 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. +1

38. Blazers

Posts: 746; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Unless you're using a Note 3 updated to 4.4.2.....then no root for you :(

35. sriuslywtf

Posts: 297; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

This is how its done: "The beauty..." Wait for it.. "of Android"

36. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

hahahaha.... the most popular comment in android articles

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

The beauty of Android

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Android FTW!

3. Anshulonweb

Posts: 468; Member since: Feb 07, 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: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 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: 10; Member since: Jan 08, 2014

I use Easy Control, but I believe that was taken down from the play store, which is a shame.

5. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 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: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 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: Feb 10, 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: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

I have a proper notification/quick access bar on my TouchWiz device. No thanks.

10. AliNSiddiqui

Posts: 382; Member since: Sep 19, 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: 478; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

I hope the home button toggles to have several selections like the ones on the lock screen.

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

It is on the PlayStore...change your launcher/notification center anyway you want...

17. MEeee

Posts: 427; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

With Next Launcher, you can customized any gestures on the screen for notification.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice look.

24. MobileGuru

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 18, 2014

Great app recommendation PA!! I'm now using it to lock my phone without the using the physical key.

25. jibraihimi

Posts: 808; Member since: Nov 29, 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.....

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