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dimhelmet Level 1 Level 1

Is there a trick to making the handle to open the Control Center more responsive?  With my Otterbox Defender case, I have a difficult time opening control center.  With it removed, it works fine.

iPhone 5, iOS 7
Reply by robertk_13 on Sep 24, 2013 8:30 PM Helpful
Thanks. Worked for me. Also use a light touch.
Reply by krhoads65 on Nov 22, 2013 12:05 PM Helpful
Finally! I have a method that work for opening the Control Center almost every time with my Otterbox Defender. It is actually all in the amount of touch pressure. In other words, if you try too hard... you'll never get it or you will frustrate the **** out of yourself. Here is the key, if you use a SUPER LIGHT touch, it works! You don't even have to get your finger all the way to the bottom. Just take your finger and do a "Feather Like "swipe from the bottom of your screen and the control center will pop right up! I struggled with this forever until I realized I was just trying way too hard. Give it a try and let me know if I'm crazy.

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  • THEcheesewire Level 2 Level 2

    Sounds like a design flaw of the otterbox if the feature works fine with out it.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6

    The trick is to apparently remove bulky cases that obstruct the screen.

  • dimhelmet Level 1 Level 1

    The problem is that although I can see the handle just fine on the screen, I can't actually grab it.  The camera handle works fine.  I'd say the grabbable area on the control center handle needs to be enlarged a bit.

  • Johnathan Burger Level 6 Level 6

    I have no problem with my case.

    Yours is just to bulky.

  • BigMike485 Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same issue with my Griffin Defender case. There is no physical way to grab control center while in the case. Adding a milimeter or two to the grab area would easily absolve the problem. I'm also guessing there's a different grab area than notifications center, which still works fine in the case.

  • yoda4shoda Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem. The grab "area" is to close to the bottom of the screen. it needs to extend up a little further (at least to the little gray icon they used to mark it)

  • ShawnN2251 Level 1 Level 1

    I have an Otterbox Defender case as well and here's my advice that I learned after fiddling with this **** thing all day... Place your finger at the very bottom of the case, where the case and screen meet, and with just the smallest part of your finger making contact with the bottom most portion of the screen, at the lowest point possible on the screen, swipe up. Hope this helped and didn't sound too ridiculous. It took awhile for me to master, I can tell you that!

  • missrite1 Level 1 Level 1

    Same problem. Working around it by turning my phone sideways and swiping up from the side. New problem- finding an app that will rotate.

  • Futuremd65 Level 1 Level 1

    Same issue here.... I guess this is something that Apple needs to build into the first update for iOS 7. I can access if you turn to landscape and have access in app enabled. Hope they fix this soon.

  • Alley_Cat Level 6 Level 6

    I don't have a case but can't get it to work with the thumb of the hand holding the phone - I think the swipe trajectory become curved whereas a free hand can do a more vertical swipe.

  • YoYoMC Level 1 Level 1

    I have same problem with a Lunatik Taktik Extreme case on my iPhone 5, just can't grab that **** bar. And to those who say its 'our fault' for buying a bulky case thats just rubbish, Firstly, the case is over $100 and I purchased it to guarantee protection of my phone so I will not simply not use it, second, these bigger protective cases were out prior to iOS 7 was released.


    The top notifications bar works fine but grabbing the control centre is impossible. A few millimetres increase to the grab area would be perfect. Also to note as well is I get occasional lag when grabbing the bar without the case on.

  • dendowling Level 1 Level 1

    THEcheesewire wrote:


    Sounds like a design flaw of the otterbox if the feature works fine with out it.


    The Otterbox Defender case was designed and sold a long time before the iOS7 Control Center interface was available.

  • THEcheesewire Level 2 Level 2


  • derekfromtoledo Level 1 Level 1

    With the Otterbox case, the way the plastic around the button sticks up further than the rest of the bezel, try grabbing the control center from either bottom corner of the screen.  More surface of your finger touches the screen there. I've had far more success this way.  I still agree they need to make the active area a touch bigger though. 

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