Using iOS

Get tips for using iOS effectively in this free iOS tips lesson. This will help you get the most out of your operating system.

iOS features

Now that you know the basics of using iOS, it's a good idea to become more familiar with some of its most useful features. You can access these features at any time, no matter what app you're currently using.


Notifications are pop-ups, banners, and other audio/visual cues that work with the apps on your device. They're designed to let you know when something needs your attention or when there's been any recent activity (for example, on Facebook).

Notifications behave differently in each app, but they all have one thing in common: They can help you keep up with everyday tasks and responsibilities. You can receive notifications three different ways:

Control Center

The Control Center allows you to quickly access frequently used settings for your device, as well as a media panel with playback controls. Just swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen to access the Control Center. The first pane you'll see contains various settings.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different parts of the Control Center's main settings pane.


If you have an iPhone 6S or later, you can use the 3D Touch feature to access more options, such as the brightness of the flashlight. To use 3D Touch, press firmly on a button (for example, the Flashlight button), and a menu of additional options will appear.

If you swipe left while on the settings pane, you can access the media pane of the Control Center. On this pane, you can play, pause, and skip between songs or podcasts, as well as change the volume or audio output.