Knobs and Dials in Mobile App Interfaces

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Initially belonging to the world of electronic devices, knobs and dials slowly but surely have transitioned into modern application UI. Such an outcome is not accidental; knobs and dials are intended to suit the needs both of simple users and programs for many years. Not taking too much space – vital for mobile devices – they easily provide customers with full set of parameters and data. Having innate touch-friendly appearance, they readily add versatility, make control experience a piece of cake, give UI an aesthetically pleasing look and allow for a feeling of real-life tuning.

In the list below you will find fresh examples of mobile application interfaces that beautifully incorporate knobs and dials. Since in this article we consider only push-on knobs, with a circular shape, it is a good opportunity to examine different effects and styles of the same functional component.

Braun radio app by Nicklas Alejandro beautifully incorporates sweet, creamy colors that make the UI look soft and gentle. The volume knob with a sleek gradient and subtle shadow perfectly stands out.

Braun radio app by Nicklas Alejandro

Radio app for iPhone by Sebastian Žetko has a gentle retro vibe that is supported by specific color scheme, subtle cursive font, slightly rough execution of controllers and smooth glassy-like dashboard.

Radio app for iPhone by Sebastian Zetko

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MyTransistor by Alejandro Rao also goes for an engrossing, vintage-style look complete with retro knobs with slight steampunk touch, heavily scratched, green polished background and eye-catching dial inspired by an old radio.

myTransistor by Alejandro Rao

Music iOS app by Sylvester Wilmott is the exact opposite of the previous example. It instantly captivates users with a modern, sophisticated, up-to-date look, skillfully embodying skeuomorphism.

Music iOS apps by Sylvester Wilmott

Music player and voice recorder interface by Zsolt Baritz strongly relies on realistic approach, incorporating textures, glossy effects and typography. The central knob, several switches and dial look absolutely fantastic.

Music player and voice recorder interface by Zsolt Baritz

Mixer elements by Uriel Albarran O. has a sleek, accurate dark outward. The major knob takes up almost all free space in order to make the user experience pleasant and comfortable.

mixer elements by Uriel Albarran O

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Bikester mine v.2 by Michael Sambora has a truly busy interface that makes app to excel from others. The designer does a great job of combining together red, green and white, effectively organizing a bunch of valuable data.

Bikester mine v.2 by Michael Sambora

Radio by Terrence leverages customary metallic knobs and flat panels. Neat crisp icons, terminal font and dynamic texture on a header add extra flair to the UI.

Radio by Terrence

Close Up by arjun/aj is a polished radio application that has sleek, elegant appearance. Moderate knob with colorful loading bar is the only one that visually stands out; the rest graphical elements are flat and built into the background.

Close Up by arjun

Extra Cold Finder iOS by Emile Rohlandt has lively frosty vibe thanks to predominant chilly blue and light grey colors, with a smooth glossy knob and bold casual type.

Extra Cold Finder iOS by Emile Rohlandt

Air conditioning controller by Kingyo xie is a modern take on simplistic design. Coral and white are well suited to each other. Clear, slightly convex knob with subtle progress bar immediately grabs a user’s attention.

Air conditioning controller by Kingyo xie

Groove! Simple metronome App by Tom Reinert has smooth, dark, slightly noised interface with wonderful injections of vibrant blue colors.

Simple metronome App by Tom Reinert

Retro Caller by Zsolt Baritz exhibits an old, analog phone interface with amazing, ably executed metallic dial, which gives the app its retro appeal.

Retro Caller by Zsolt Baritz

Infiniti iPhone App by Muhsin Abdul Sathar opts to use only two colors, discreet black and vivid violet. The first is responsible for all graphical elements; the second is used to highlight the knob, font and set icons apart.

Infiniti iPhone App by Muhsin Abdul Sathar

SeaStatus iOS App by Ian Mesa captivates with its neat, advanced execution of vibrant refined speedometer, elegant typography and flat style.

SeaStatus iOS App by Ian Mesa

Gas combi remote control app by Ali O. İş has clean and clear interface with a slight chill feeling that is achieved mainly due to cold colors and a lot of free space. Subtle shadows and sleek gradients give the knob a refined three-dimensional feel.

Gas combi remote control app by Ali O. Is

Celia’s Weather by Celia Sun has a beautiful circular vibe. Weather application UI, with rigorous, monochromatic icons and font, is ably diluted with bright colors.

Celia's Weather by Celia Sun

Remote by Caspian Ievers gets its modern, delicate look mostly from minimal style. The designer uses only central part of a screen, representing a huge bulged-in knob with a colorful circular bar.

Remote by Caspian Ievers

Old Futuristic Radio by Tobia Crivellari has authentic skeuomorphic design with a lot of realistic controllers.

Old Futuristic Radio by Tobia Crivellari

Music Player App by Emile Rohlandt is another great example of stylish, minimal, dark UI that is accompanied by a shiny neon-like progress bar.

Music Player App by Emile Rohlandt

Music Player App by Revival Pixel has a wonderful golden touch. Extensive equalizer, player controllers, and even metallic knobs have a warm, goldenrod shade.

The Golden - Music Player App by Revival Pixel

Alarm Clock App by Samuel Bednár embraces powerful aesthetic of the metro style, skillfully incorporating plain graphics and flat navigation items.

Alarm Clock App by Samuel Bednar

T3 Player App closes out the roundup with its realistic approach and organized design that is spiced up with a smooth, clean, minimal knob.

T3 Player App


Knobs and dials on various music players or applications allow users to manipulate range of parameters. They easily provide much greater control and provide a handy user experience. Moreover, they naturally complement any interface design and have stylish and modern look.

Share your opinion with us. Have you encountered other great examples of knobs and dials in app interfaces? Do you find them useful and handy? Why or why not?

Nataly Birch

Nataly is an exceptional web designer and developer with a master's degree in computer science. She is highly skilled in helping clients establish a strong online presence and achieve their digital marketing goals across various sectors, including email design, email marketing, and web development. Nataly remains at the forefront of the industry by staying updated with the latest trends through continuous learning.

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