How and why to customize the iPadOS 16 Control Center

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The iPadOS 16 Control Center

What it does –> Gives you quick access to controls and information on your iPad. Control volume, screen brightness, wireless radios, set an alarm or timer, start an Airplay session, and more

How to get to it –> Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen.

Why use it? –> SAVE TIME. You can make these changes without diving into the Settings app.

How to customize it

in iPadOS 16, open Settings –> Control Center

  • Turn on “Access within Apps” and “Show Home Controls”
  • Delete or Rearrange the “Included controls”
    • Click on the “minus” symbol to delete a control.
    • Click and drag the three-lines icon on the right to change the order.
  • in the “more Controls” section are other controls you can add. Be careful, though – don’t make it too cluttered!
Changing the Control Center, inside the Settings App

Tired of seeing Cupertino’s weather on your iPad?

Here’s how to change the Weather Widget on your ipad from Cupertino to something a LITTLE closer to home.

The Weather Widget on an iPad

Widgets are those blocks of info on your initial screen. You can add, move, delete, and even stack them [stacking means there are several widgets in the same block on the screen – you scroll through them to se the additional info.]

Start the process by pressing and waiting on the widget.

Long press on the widget

A menu will pop up.

The Widget menu

Click on “Edit Weather”.

Not exactly close to home, is it?

Click on “Cupertino”, and type “Macon” – or wherever you’d like to see the weather at a glance.

Pick the correct Macon from the list. Yes, there is more than one in the US.
Wonder if we’ll get some snow this winter?
Not today…. or anytime soon!

The same process is used to modify or delete the other widgets.

Click the “DONE” button, top right, to finish the job.

My tabs won’t load – nothing will work.

Some things to try when webpages will not load on your iPad, in no particular order:

1) Swipe out of ALL your running apps. Shut the iPad down. Wait 20 seconds. Start it back up again.
This is what we call the iPad Reboot Dance

2) Turn wi-fi off. Wait 20 seconds. Turn it back on again.

3) Your subscription to the network may have expired. Surf to a webpage you’ve never visited before [, for example]. That should trigger the login page.

4) Try a different web browser – you have three [Safari, Chrome, Firefox].

Notes, Tips, Hints, & Answers