iOS 7 – What are those Bars on my Lock Screen?


 

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Shortly after updated my iPhone 5 to iOS 7, I noticed bars at the top and bottom of my screen when it was locked.  I was wondering what they were for.  It turns out that they are there if you have enabled Notification Center (top) or Control Center (bottom) when your screen is locked.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To see if Notification Center is enabled on a locked screen, go to Settings > Notification Center.  If you either ‘Notifications View’ or ‘Today View’ or both turned on, you will see a white bar at the top of your locked screen.

(If you want Notification Center to more closely resemble its iOS 6 counterpart, turn off ‘Today View’.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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To see if Control Center is enabled on a locked screen, go to Settings > Control Center.  If ‘Access on Lock Screen’ is turned on, you will see a white bar at the bottom of your locked screen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mystery solved!  The bars are there to serve as targets when swiping up or down and to remind you that Notification Center, Control Center or both are available when your screen is locked.

 

About the Author

Judy Novotny

Judy is a computer veteran with 30 years of experience. She has owned everything from a TRS-80, Apple IIe and various Windows-based PCs. She is currently living in her Apple ecosystem at home consisting of an iPhone, iPad, iMac, MacBook, Apple TV, iPod nano and two Time Capsules. She is a fan of all things mobile since she got her first Palm Pilot in 1999. Check out her iPad app, Number Wizard, in the App Store. Follow her on Twitter @junovotech or at Junovo.com.

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