Do you get irritated when your iPhone’s screen rotates by itself? Sometimes you say, “what’s wrong with this device?!”, wondering why every time you tilt your phone to the side, your screen follows.
Relax, there’s nothing wrong with your iPhone. You just forgot to turn on your portrait orientation lock. So what is this feature, and how does it work?
When you are viewing your iPhone on portrait, your screen will be simply on portrait orientation. However, once you tilt your iPhone on the side, it will automatically rotate its screen and switch to landscape orientation. To solve this, you will just need to enable the portrait orientation lock.
Portrait orientation lock lets your iPhone maintain its portrait screen even if you tilt it. It will not rotate and will maintain its portrait orientation. This feature is only applicable to portrait orientation and won’t work with landscape orientation.
It’s easy to turn on your portrait orientation lock on your iPhone, and if you have an older iPad, you can use the side switch to enable the feature. The side switch works with iPad Mini 1/2/3, iPad Air, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), and iPad (4th generation).
Now, let’s dive into this feature and enable portrait orientation lock!
How to Enable Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone and iPad Pro or Later.
1. Open your Control Center:
For iPhone X and above: swipe down the top right-hand corner of your iPhone’s screen.
iPhone SE, iPhone 8 and earlier: swipe up from the bottom edge of any screen.
2. Tap the portrait orientation lock to enable it.
That’s all! The next time you tilt your iPhone, it will maintain its portrait orientation screen.
How to Enable Lock Rotation on iPad (Air or Earlier)
Now that you know how to lock your iPhone to portrait orientation, let’s go over how to enable your iPad’s portrait orientation lock. We will be using the Control Center and your Ipad’s side button switch.
1. Go to your iPad’s Settings.
2. Tap “General”.
3. On the Use Side Switch To section, tap “Lock Rotation”.
4. Once you switch your iPad’s side switch button, you’ll have this icon that indicates portrait orientation lock is enabled.
5. If you like to maintain the side button as mute, you can always go and swipe down your iPad’s upper right-hand corner screen. From the Control Center, simply tap the orientation lock icon.
There you go! No more irritating screen rotations. You can now focus on your daily iPhone or iPad routines, and everything else will be in place.
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