Explain Control Center in MacOS Big Sur: WiFi, Bluetooth, AirDrop and More

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Apple claims that macOS Big Sur to be the most powerful update ever for the Mac users, which simultaneously makes it the best desktop operating system. From intuitive designs to terrific add-ons, MacOS Big Sur is winning hearts of people around the world. Well, certain drastic reforms are quite easy to notice, while some require your sharp attention, or you may find out from friends or themselves, however after using it for months. It’s fairly simple to grab the major updates from Apple’s keynote or from Google, but to some extent, they don’t mention every small feature that might be of use for you. macOS Big Sur embraces Control Center, for the very first time in the macOS History.

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Apart from Safari Updates, Streamlines Design, and all other system changes, Control Center will truly help you approach the basic utilities such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Display Brightness, and more. Nevertheless, you can still opt for one-click access to any of the item that is located in the Control Center by dragging it to the top menu bar. No need to open the Control Center and toggle button, just reach Mac’s top menu bar and control it.

How to Use Control Center in MacOS Big Sur?

Video Tutorial:-

Control Center in MacOS Big Sur is identical to the iOS and iPadOS’s Control Center, when concerned to look and feel, but with indisputable fact. Unlike in iOS and iPadOS, we can add as much as items to the Control Center, macOS won’t let you empower it by letting you modify it.

When you update the Mac to the latest Big Sur, its Control Center icon will automatically appear in the top menu bar, which you have to expand by clicking on it. By default, all the utilities that support the Control Center will be displayed. All you can do is, pin the item to the top menu bar, for rapid access, like W-Fi or Bluetooth, or anything you use frequently.

Customizations are only available for limited apps and features including Battery, or Accessibility.

What are the Utilities Offered by Control Center in macOS Big Sur?

Mainly you can control Wi-Fi, Do Not Disturb, Bluetooth, AirDrop, AirPlay Display, Control Display Brightness, Sound, and any content playing on Mac.

Control Center in MacOS Big Sur
Control Center in MacOS Big Sur
  1. Wi-Fi

Earlier, Wi-Fi button was at the top menu bar, while in the latest update, they have moved Wi-Fi to the Control Center, if you are not comfortable with this change, then pin the Wi-Fi back to the top menu bar, for one-click access.

WiFi Network on MacOS Big Sur
WiFi Network on MacOS Big Sur

Wi-Fi in Control Center works the same as Wi-Fi in the top menu bar, you can always switch the Wi-Fi network, and manage other settings, to do so, click on the Wi-Fi button. Join or Connect Unknown network by click on Other Networks option.

2. Do Not Disturb

Want complete silence, reach to the Do Not Disturb button in the Control Center.

3. Bluetooth [Connect AirPods/AirPods Pro to macOS Big Sur]

Pair Airpods and Other Bluetooth accessories quickly and Easily using Secure bluetooth connection. Now, AirPods Connection is too much easier than earlier macOS. First Turn on Bluetooth, and Connect your Bluetooth AirPods/AirPods pro by click on the name.

Connect AirPods on Mac From Control center in macOS Big sur
Connect AirPods on Mac From Control center in macOS Big Sur

Once you Pair, make sure Airpods is selected as an Output Audio device under the sound option.

AirPods Settings on macOS Big sur
AirPods Settings on macOS Big Sur

Likewise, Bluetooth was also pinned on the menu bar and can be moved to its original position. If you’ve connected any wireless devices such as Wireless Keyboard, Mouse, AirPods, expanding the Bluetooth menu will show the battery status of paired peripherals.

4. AirDrop

When you click on AirDrop, discoverability options will be given to you, alongside the AirDrop toggle to disable or enable it.

Airdrop settings on macOS Big sur
Airdrop settings on macOS Big Sur

5. AirPlay Display

AirPlay Display has become much easier to access, from the Control Center.

6. Display

The display comes with two hidden features, that can only be expanded when you click on Display. Dark Mode and Night Shift are the subsets of the Display. Besides, control the display brightness, by dragging the slider.

7. Sound

Adjust the sound levels, or see what are the devices connected as a sound source for your Mac, by expanding the menu.

Set Airpods as a output audio device on macBook mac macOS Big Sur
Set Airpods as an output audio device on MacBook mac macOS Big Sur

8. Music Player

The Music Player allows you to change the track as well as pause/play from the Control Center.

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Right Now Apple Doesn’t allow to customize or Rearrange the Shortcut in macOS Big Sur control center. I hope you Enjoyed the new redesigned Control center for Mac just like iOS and iPadOS.

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