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Control Center, easy access to your Windows Phone settings

Control Center

Control Center is a Windows Phone 8 app that pulls together a large collection of settings and shortcuts on to one page. It gives you quick and easy access to your Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Network settings and more.

While Control Center is a single page app, it packs access to many features under one roof. Live Tile support makes access to Control Center easy and if you are looking for a one-stop source for key Windows Phone settings, Control Center might be worth a look.

Control Center

There is not much to the layout of Control Center. It is a one-page app that contains tiles and buttons to access key Windows Phone settings and app shortcuts.

Along the top of the page, you will find button controls to access:

  • Wi-Fi settings
  • Bluetooth settings
  • Network settings
  • Airplane Mode
  • Location Services

Just below these control buttons, you will find tiles that will:

  • Turn on/off your Windows Phone light
  • Post a status update
  • Create/Send a Text Message
  • Create/Send an email
  • Access your Windows Phone account settings
  • Access your Windows Phone lockscreen settings
  • Add an appointment to your Windows Phone calendar
  • Add a contact to your Peoples Hub

You can pin Control Center to your Start Screen for easy access but you lack the ability to pin individual controls. While Control Center offers a healthy level of access to core Windows Phone controls and apps in a straightforward manner, I would not mind seeing the individual access points be pinnable to your Start Screen. I do not think this is a deal breaker but it would make the access more convenient.

There is one mystery to Control Center. Up under the three-dot menu there are options to share the app, view the About screen, check out more apps from the developer, and buy the pro version. No telling what the pro version is all about because the link is dead. It may very well be a version under development and not yet available.

Control Center is not a bad option if you are looking for a means to quickly access a wide range of Windows Phone settings and apps. Control Center is a free app that is available for Windows Phone 8 devices.

You can find Control Center here in the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Control Center

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deru1ke says:

god,the icon....

Hoekie says:

Yep, Fugly. Though the app looks great.

oranje says:

My thoughts exactly! Even a great app would not have a place on my start screen with such an icon!

KrisJoeEll says:

Few more months and we won't be needing these kinds of apps anymore.

Raghav94 says:

+8X.
Ah, Never mind. Ths is awkward.

L0gic Bom8 says:

I may be a Nokia user on the L1520, but it's good to see HTC users in here too! Be loud and proud of your Windows Phone choice!

James8561 says:

this! the 8X is possibly the best-looking WP yet

DarwinPurol says:

Blue or black? Mine is blue

L0gic Bom8 says:

Honestly, this is what the Settings section should look like, but make them into vibrant live tiles!

laksgan says:

We will do it in Version 3.0 Thanks for the feedback

laksgan says:

Thanks for the feed back. You mean to say to have live tiles with in the app ?

akshaypn says:

Why no such app is able to provide short cut for brightness??? Anyways I prefer Insider for individual shortcuts...

Microsoft does not allow api to access brightness settings.

Aashish13 says:

So it won't be there in 8.1 too??

Sergio0694 says:

We don't know yet. Every update adds hundreds of new APIs, so that's possible, we'll have to wait a little more to find that out :)

jaymin1 says:

Ms does not allow shortcut for internet sharing also

laksgan says:

Yes for WP8 no api for brightness control

FletchyT says:

Quick Controls is the same idea. Think it is done a little better. http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=843d2576-3900-46e0-a4df-83a0440ead63

at first reading the title i thought another new leak from windows phone 8.1 but oh well i am still waiting for more leaks ; probably the new slow motion camera , want this feature on my lumia 920 .

darklord12 says:

+1520 i was thinking the same!

kenzibit says:

Hahaha same here. But love this app anyway

laksgan says:

Thank you Kenzibit

L0gic Bom8 says:

Fourth in agreement. Honestly, this is what I feel Settings should become in the future, but make the icons vibrant live tiles.

laksgan says:

Sure we will do it in Vesion 3.0. thanks 

karthikt94 says:

seems pretty cool!

I thought its the official wp control centre!!!!!! Ghanta!!!!

darklord12 says:

I was thinking the same.

specmania says:

nice App, made a place in my start screen. Second row.

kenzibit says:

Why did this app take soo long in coming. Feels like I'm using WP8.1. Love it and thank you. Just got rid of all my connectivity shortcut apps. This one is for all.

losty700 says:

Installed and had to uninstall immediately. I already have all the quick settings on battery app, makes no sense having another app with no better functionality than what I already have.

HomeBound12 says:

Same thing here. I use Insider Pro. Click on the battery icon and presto... everything you need is right there.

xbilly says:

I'd like the option to pin the audio settings to start rather than having to go through Settings everytime.

Nakazul says:

Shortcuts4all is uglier but way better.

mrappbrain says:

Apple lawsuit in 3....2...1....

Great to see ms-dos in the background of the screencap

cesar ruiz1 says:

I'm using common settings on my Lumia 1520 no problems and also has a restart tile.

freshfelicio says:

These icons gave me eye cancer.

pischk says:

Control Center Pro
Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
http://bit.ly/NFBRgJ

sayonical says:

Feel free to also check out my similar app "Toggles" for Windows Phone http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=d3ba7ea7-28fd-4b35-9401-3f1b7af6dbaf

ssapre says:

Nothing good in layout, but yes, some better option then searching for settings in default 'Settings' menu.

lhoylhoy says:

One of my considerations before downloading an app is if the icon will look good on my screen...

laksgan says:

Modified new icon :)

dj0502 says:

to be honest, the new icon is an improvement.. but still not that good.. also, please don't use rounded squares.. thanks!

Mayur says:

MS-DOS? Really? lol

Muayd Tamaro says:

It's good app. But it doesn't show if the phone already connected or not in the app it self.
My app ConnectivityCenter does that. I'll be happy if you try it, it's free too :)

http://www.windowsphone.com/s?appid=e3ea4b17-5cae-40a5-8dba-53a676650230

Pirate Arr says:

Icon needs redesign for sure

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laksgan says:

Download 'Control Center 2.0' with Icon change and added customers feedback

http://windowsphone.com/s?appid=59aec58f-576e-43ad-80bd-d345d72fea41

jmagwp says:

Looks interesting, but not a fan of the iPhone icons.

Meagey says:

I wish there was a way to pin them individually but instead of it taking you to the settings it would work as a simple on/off for things like WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, flashlight

Great app; MS need to add this functionality to WP 8.1.

laksgan says:

Control Center 3.0 is just released added  Download Now: 

- Shortcut for 'Screen Rotation'

- Button to stop Music

- Enhanced UI