Where is Control Center on Mac and how to use it

When Apple launched macOS Big Sur in 2020, one of the headline new features was something that had been a part of iOS for years — Control Center. Added to Mac as a part of Apple’s move to integrate its two operating systems more tightly, Control Center on Mac does many of the same things its iOS counterpart does and adds a few extra features. In this article, we’ll show you where Control Center is on your Mac and how to use it.

What is Control Center?

As its name suggests, Control Center is a hub for many of the switches and sliders you use to control your Mac. From display brightness and sound volume to Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and Stage Manager, it’s all there in Control Center. You can also add other modules to Control Center to manage things like keyboard brightness and some accessibility settings. And you can make it even more useful by pressing a modifier key when you use Control Center, which, in most cases, will cause it to display more detailed information or options for a module.

Where is Control Center on Mac?

Control Center in macOS sits in the menu bar — on the right side, just to the left of the date and time. You can also access its settings to, say, add or remove modules from System Settings.

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One thing that you can’t do in Control Center is scan your Mac for junk files that are taking up gigabytes of space on your boot disk. These files include temporary files that were never deleted, cache files, and language files for languages you don’t need. Neither can Control Center look for ways to make your Mac run more smoothly or check for malware. However, CleanMyMac X’s Smart Scan module can do all of those things. It has three elements. One to check for junk, another that looks for ways to optimize your Mac, and a third that checks for malware. Use it to scan your Mac, and you’ll free up disk space and keep your Mac running speedily and smoothly. You can download CleanMyMac X for free here.

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How to use Control Center

Using Control Center is fairly simple, but to make it even easier, we’ll break it down module by module and show you how to use it.


Click on Control Center, and you’ll see Wi-Fi at the very top. Click it, and you’ll see the switch to turn Wi-Fi on and off and a list of Wi-Fi networks. To connect to one of those networks, just click it. To connect to a network that is not displayed, click Other. And to access more Wi-Fi settings, click Settings to go to the Wi-Fi section of System Settings.


Click on Control Center, then click Bluetooth. You’ll see an on/off switch for Bluetooth and a list of devices that are paired with your Mac, along with an indication of whether they are currently connected. Click a device to connect it. You may also see battery life information for connected devices. To pair a new Bluetooth device, click Bluetooth Settings.


From the AirDrop module in Control Center, you can switch AirDrop on and off and choose whether to allow files to be sent from Everyone or Contacts only.


The slider in the Display module allows you to change brightness, and clicking the dropdown arrow shows options for Dark Mode, Night Shift, and True Tone.


In the Sound module, you can adjust the volume of your Mac’s speakers as well as choose an option for sound output.

The rest

Focus allows you to choose and turn it off. Stage Manager allows you to activate or deactivate Stage Manager. And Screen Mirroring allows you to turn that feature on and off.

Modifying Control Center

If you go to the Apple menu > System Settings > Control Center, you can add or remove modules to and from Control Center. You can also choose to put some modules permanently in the menu bar or remove items like Siri from the menu bar. 

Now that you know where Control Center is on your Mac, you will find it to be a very useful tool in that it allows you to quickly access many of the same settings as Control Center in iOS. In addition, you can also move things like the battery life indicator and Fast User Switching from the menu bar to Control Center. To do that and further customize Control Center, go to System Settings > Control Center.

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