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3. Access Wireless Services in Control Center

Control Center in iOS showing wireless options

Control Center is the quickest way to access the most commonly used settings on your iPhone. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen (or swiping up from the bottom of the screen if your iPhone has a Home button).

In the top-left corner are toggles for Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. Tap and hold on this panel to show AirDrop and Personal Hotspot options as well. Then tap and hold again to choose your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or AirDrop connections.

The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles only disable those features temporarily, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally using all your cellular data if you forget to turn Wi-Fi back on. To turn these features off permanently, open the Settings app and select Wi-Fi or Bluetooth at the top of the screen.

4. Use AirPlay in Control Center

The top-right panel of Control Center shows playback controls for music, podcasts, videos, or other media playing on your iPhone. Tap and hold this panel to expand the controls, showing a volume control and AirPlay options.

If you have other AirPlay devices on your network—like an Apple TV or HomePod—select them from this screen to quickly switch playback to those devices.

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