Screen Won’t Rotate on iPhone or iPad: How to Fix?

If your iPhone’s screen won’t rotate when you rotate it from vertical to horizontal, below are the steps to fix this problem.

iPhone screen won’t rotate

In general, the iPhone screen should rotate and switch from landscape to portrait mode when rotated from vertical to horizontal holding position.

This seamless iPhone screen transition allows users to take full advantage of the iPhone screen to watch movies, videos, and use apps that appear better in landscape orientation.

If your iPhone or iPad screen won’t rotate, in most cases, disabling orientation/rotation lock, disabling zoom mode, force quitting apps and other methods as listed below can fix the problem.

1. Turn off orientation lock on iPhone

When your iPhone screen won’t rotate, the problem is usually because your device is locked in portrait mode. This can be easily fixed by going to the control center and disabling the portrait orientation lock on your device.

iPhone X and later: Open control center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen and tapping lock icon.

Disable Orientation Lock on iPhone

iPhone 8 and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the lock icon to disable portrait lock.

After that, you should notice that your iPhone’s screen switches from portrait to landscape mode when you turn iPhone sideways.

2. Disable rotation lock on iPad

On an iPad, orientation lock is known as “rotation lock” and can be used to lock the iPad screen in both landscape and portrait modes.

If your iPad is locked in portrait or landscape mode and won’t rotate, the problem can be fixed simply by going to Control Center and disabling the rotation lock.

iOS 12 and later: swipe down on the screen from the top right corner and tap the red one turnstile Symbol.

iOS 10 and below: swipe up from the bottom of the screen and tap the red one turnstile Disable rotation lock icon.

Once rotation lock is disabled, your iPad’s screen should rotate and switch smoothly from landscape to portrait mode and vice versa.

3. Disable zoom mode

For most apps, the iPhone screen will not rotate when magnified or zoomed view is enabled on your device.

Go to settings > screen brightness > outlook > Select the on the next screen standard zoom Possibility.

Select standard zoom on iPhone

After that, your iPhone’s screen should switch slightly from portrait to landscape mode.

4. Force quit the app

Sometimes the problem is due to the app getting buggy or stuck in a process. This can be fixed by forcibly quitting and restarting the app.

iPhone with home button: Quickly press the power button twice > Swipe up on the apartment to refuse it.

iPhone X and later: Go to home screen > swipe up and hold your finger on the screen until you see a preview of all open apps > swipe up on the apartmentfor it to go away.

After 15 seconds, open the app again and rotate your iPhone to see if the issue is resolved now.

5. Reboot the iPhone

Sometimes the problem is due to stuck apps and processes that are interfering with the proper functioning of the app.

Go to settings > General > shut down > use the slider to turn off the iPhone.

Turn off the iPhone

Allow the iPhone to shut down completely > Wait 30 seconds > Reboot the iPhone and check if the camera is working properly now.

6. The app may not allow landscape mode

If you still can’t use the app in landscape mode, the problem might be simply that the app is not designed to be used in landscape mode.

For example, native iPhone apps like the App Store and Phone app are designed to be used in portrait mode and will not switch to landscape mode even if you tilt the screen sideways.

To confirm, open the Safari or YouTube app on your iPhone and tilt the screen sideways to see if screen rotation works on your device.

If you can browse and watch YouTube in landscape mode, this confirms that there is nothing wrong with the settings on your iPhone.

7. Reset all settings

Write down your WiFi password and follow the steps below to reset all settings on your device.

Go to settings > General > Transfer or reset iPhone > Reset to default and select Reset all settings Possibility.

Reset All Settings option on iPhone

After iPhone restarts, join the WiFi network by entering your WiFi network password. Hopefully this should help fix the camera on your iPhone.


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