You’re playing your favorite game or using an app the
requires the swipe up gesture, and what happens? That’s right, the Control Center appears.
This new feature in iOS 7 is actually handy (for when you want quick and easy
access to controlling certain apps, such as the music player), but when you’re
in the middle of work or play, that
Control Center can be annoying.

If you’re unsure of what I mean, give it a test run. Swipe up, from
the very bottom of the screen, to reveal the Control Center (Figure A).

Figure A

iOS 7 running on a Verizon-branded iPhone 5.

You can slide the Control Center back down with a downward
swipe or by pressing the home button.

Now, what if you want to turn off the Control Center when
using apps? It’s actually quite easy. Here are the steps:

  1. From
    the home screen, tap Settings
  2. Scroll
    down and tap Control Center
  3. Tap
    the Access Within Apps on/off switch (Figure B) to turn the feature off

Figure B

You have control of when this feature can appear.

You can also
turn off Control Center access from the lock screen in this same window.

For users who like to access controllable apps (such as
Wi-Fi, music, calculator, and more), the Control Center is a great tool to have
available. But when that feature starts to interrupt other applications,
it must be dealt with swiftly. Thankfully, the developers of iOS 7 saw to it to
give the end user control over when this feature can be accessed with a simple
upward swipe.