Jump Right To The Now Playing Song With Control Center In iOS 7 Beta [iOS Tips]

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Every once in a while, I’m listening to a song via the Music app on my iPhone, or (lately) listening to iTunes Radio on my iPad through a bluetooth speaker in the house, when I want to quickly figure out what’s playing, or maybe mess with the controls, skip a song, or something like that.

Typically, I’d double click the Home button to get a basic controller to pause or skip a song, or click into the home screen, find the Music app, launch it, then tap the Now Playing button, and then make any adjustments.

Now, however, with iOS 7 beta’s new Control Center, you can tap right through to the Now Playing song with a swipe and a tap. Here’s how.

Make sure you have a song playing, either one you have downloaded to your iPhone, or a streaming song via iTunes Radio. Then, tap the Home button to go to the home screen with all the app icons.

Next, if you’re running iOS 7 beta, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to activate the control center overlay. Notice the music player controls there? Tap on the name of the artist (it’s oddly the smaller of the two lines of type) and the Music app will launch to the Now Playing Screen, complete with album art and all that great stuff.

Easy, right? Have fun, and let me know if you have any more cool tips like this (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address)or the @cultofmac Twitter account.

Thanks, Albert G!

  • CoyoteDen

    Just tried this on beta 6:

    – Doesn’t work from the lock screen. Phone has to be unlocked.
    – You actually have to tap on the song title, but when you do the artist/album will highlight.
    – This takes you into the music app, but not to Now Playing unless the app was already on the Now Playing screen. It is exactly like selecting Music from the home screen or app switcher.
    – If you have something else playing audio (like Podcasts or Pandora) it will take you to that app instead.

    In short, this is exactly like the icon on the right side of the iOS 6 controls when you double-tap home.

  • gettysburg11s

    Looks pretty cool. I can’t wait to get iOS 7 on my iPhone 5 an iPad mini. Its a long overdue overhaul of iOS, both visually and under the hood (people usually are not aware just how many new APIs devs get access to).

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