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

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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.

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

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

ACC's interface in two shades.
ACC's interface in two shades.

ACC's interface in two shades.

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)

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posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:24 19

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:34 24

6. magnanimus (Posts: 559; 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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 14:33 6

28. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:44 6

7. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

Yes ofcourse...
Jealous huh???

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:07 8

15. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:39 1

18. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:45 1

19. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I don't have a "fav" platform.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:00 1

21. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

What functionality it doesn't offer?

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:02 2

22. bbblader (Posts: 590; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:23 8

23. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 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.


posted on 24 Apr 2014, 17:02

38. Blazers (Posts: 466; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 04:15

35. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

This is how its done:

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

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:38

36. fireblade (Posts: 717; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:26 14

2. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

The beauty of Android

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:09 7

16. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

Android FTW!

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:26 10

3. Anshulonweb (Posts: 434; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

I can do all these things from my notification panel.....just swipe down, its more easy....

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:59 2

11. nestea (unregistered)

If you have smartphone with big display, eassier to swype from down to pull off notification/control center

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 11:09

37. buccob (Posts: 2714; 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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:27

4. bigv6691 (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:34 9

5. alltechinside (Posts: 248; 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"

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:05 2

14. chocowii (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:52 3

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:54 4

9. ThePython (Posts: 901; Member since: 08 May 2013)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 09:56 1

10. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; 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.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:01

12. chocowii (Posts: 470; Member since: 30 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:01 1

13. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:20 1

17. MEeee (Posts: 361; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 10:47 1

20. darkkjedii (Posts: 24444; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Nice look.

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:49

24. MobileGuru (Posts: 82; Member since: 18 Jan 2014)

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

posted on 23 Apr 2014, 11:59 1

25. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; 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.....

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