How to Stop iPhone Screen Rotation from Happening Automatically

Learn how to turn off auto rotate on iPhone to lock screen rotation in just two steps so you can enjoy reading or watching videos in bed!

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iPhone landscape mode is great for many things, but the iPhone rotation lock can spare you the headache of a constantly flipping screen. The auto-rotate iPhone feature can be enabled and disabled easily. In this article, I will teach you how to unlock screen rotation on iPhone and how to lock it again when necessary.

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How to Make Sure Your iPhone Screen Won’t Rotate Automatically

Many people ask, “where is Portrait Orientation on iPhone?” The Portrait Orientation Lock button is located in the Control Center. When it is on, your iPhone won’t automatically rotate. 

  1. Swipe down from the top right side of your iPhone screen to open the Control Center. If you have an older phone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of your screen instead.

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  2. Tap on the Portrait Orientation Lock icon.

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Your screen will no longer rotate when you turn your phone sideways unless you use an app that only has landscape mode.

How to Turn on Landscape on iPhone

Your device's orientation will now stay locked in portrait mode until you turn Portrait Orientation Lock off. It's simple to unlock screen rotation on iPhone; just open Control Center again and tap the lock icon again. There is no option for locking your iPhone screen in landscape mode.

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How to Get Screen to Rotate on iPhone

To get your iPhone to auto-rotate, you must turn off the portrait Orientation Lock and turn your phone sideways. Although portrait mode is the default iPhone screen orientation for the Home screens and most native and third-party apps, some apps also have a landscape view. 

Using the lock will prevent apps that offer both modes from auto-rotating. However, apps that are only available in landscape mode will not switch to portrait mode. If you find your iPhone stuck on landscape mode, try turning the lock on and off until it rotates again. If you keep experiencing problems, restarting your iPhone should help.

Now you know how to turn on the rotate screen feature on your iPhone by tapping the Portrait Orientation Lock. For more iPhone tips like this, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Sarah Kingsbury

Sarah Kingsbury is the Editorial Directer at iPhone Life. She manages the web editorial team and oversees all web and newsletter content. A long-time iPhone and Mac enthusiast, Sarah loves teaching people how to use their Apple devices.