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 yourphone. All we want to show you is an easy way to obtain a convenientfeature - especially if you own a tall, wide smartphone with a 5-inchdisplay or more. We're talking about a control panel that youcomfortably pull up with your thumb from below the home screen,instead of awkwardly reaching (or using a second hand) for thescreen's upper edge to pull down the Notifications menu. This isn'tonly a case of ergonomics, though. Android Control Center, also knownas Quick Control Panel on the Google Play Store, is a highlycustomizable utility for those of you that want ultimate control withthe flick of a thumb. Here's how to try it out.

On your desktop or Android device, headover to the XDA Developer Forum, and install the Android ControlCenter 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 forQuick Control Panel in the Play Store, but over there, it has freeand paid versions. Note that the paid version is actually the oneavailable for free from the XDA Forum. How come? Don't worry, there'snothing illegitimate here - the developer is simply giving the appaway to the community, while encouraging users to support his work bybuying 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-screennavigation buttons, hold your thumb on the Home button until theGoogle Search toggle appears. Slide onto it, and Android will ask youwhich app you want to complete the action. This time around, it won'tbe Google Now - you want Android Control Center. You can assign thisgesture 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 Centerto complete the action. As always, you can assign the toggle topermanently 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, youhave handy music controls. Here's the first thing of beauty aboutthis app - when you are playing a game, or browsing, you no longerhave to give up what you're doing just so you can open your musicplayer to change the song or something else. Simply call up AndroidControl Center from your Home button, change or pause the tune, andcome back to what you were doing with the back button. ACC appears asan overlay over everything you might have open, including the Androidinterface, but it's only there if you need it.

The upper side has Brightness andVolume sliders, and above these, you will find a rich shortcuts menu.The ubiquitous Wi-Fi, GPS, Location mode, and other toggles that youmight find in Android's pulldown Notifications menu are there. Scrollleft and right to browse shortcuts and toggles. Aside from quicklytoggling system functions, ACC lets you assign an infinitenumber of app shortcuts in the same line. Simply tap on a slot andassign the app you want to it. Interestingly, you can also changeeach shortcut's icon to whatever you wish. But this happenselsewhere.

So, is this all there is to thisAndroid Control Center? Hold up, we've only scratched the surface sofar. Remember the new icon that showed in your app drawer. Hunt itdown, open it, and welcome yourself to the Android Control Center'scontrol center! It puts hundreds of customization options at yourfingertips - perhaps more than you know what to do with. Forstarters, the General Preferences menu lets you remove the musicplayer interface, remove the toggles, or have both show up in theACC. You can toggle different gestures and buttons or on off, apply athird-party icon pack, change the animation of the pull-up menu (wedefinitely prefer the fade-in), change the time and date format, andlots more.

The rest of the menus keep going in thesame spirit. You will be bored out of reading long before we manageto take you through them all. We'll just clue you in about someoptions. If you want the ACC to have an iOS 7-like white appearance,instead of Android's dark Holo-styling, you should head to ColorSettings and choose the Light color scheme. It looks really good onstock Android. Some other options that captured our attention are thecrazy-extensive customizations. ACC lets you adjust the swipedetection region, the quick toggle buttons' appearance, all colorsused in the theme, and so much else it's overwhelming.

If you like what you've read so far andwant to try out the app yourself, download it from the followinglinks and go to town. Happy customizing!

Download Android Control Center: XDADevelopers | GooglePlay (Free) | GooglePlay (Premium)



39. SurajP

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 08, 2017

All in all a disappointing article. I know there are not too many options available regarding good smart apps for getting iOS like Control Center on Android but then too I was expecting more app options than you have provided here. Plus the description is too long which I feel also not needed for a non-technical reader whom you found often visiting websites than the technical person.

34. Karriope

Posts: 148; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

There's a reason I got a 4.5 inch device...

31. Rager722 unregistered


33. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

hmmm, I would put BB10 last...

30. NOSrawesome

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 25, 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: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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....

29. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Nice app idea, but feels redundant to me in use.

27. Deerajrp

Posts: 15; Member since: Aug 15, 2010

But accessing it from the home button seems cumbersome .

26. decent4u

Posts: 75; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Apple's going to sue Samsung because there is a control center on some Samsung devices. ;)

25. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; 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.....

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.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31796; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice look.

17. MEeee

Posts: 443; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

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

13. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

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.

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.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

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

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

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.

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.

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: 2981; 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

2. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

The beauty of Android

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Android FTW!

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

6. magnanimus

Posts: 566; 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???

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