How to Lock Rotation in Landscape Mode on iPhone or iPad

Maybe it’s not often that you want to lock your iPhone in the landscape mode but when you do, did you realize that there’s no way to lock the device in the landscape orientation? Portrait, yes that’s easy. But the landscape?

Locking in landscape mode is possible (and has been, since long). All it requires is fooling around with AssistiveTouch, an accessibility feature that we’ve discussed for an unresponsive home button.

Here’s how to work it out.

How to Lock Rotation in Landscape Mode on iPhone or iPad

To lock an iPhone in landscape mode:

First off, lock rotation in the portrait mode.

Lock Screen Rotation in Portrait Mode on iPhone

On iOS 13 Or Later

Step #1. Open Settings → Tap on Accessibility.

Tap on Settings then Accessibility in iOS 13

Step #2. Tap on Touch Under PHYSICAL AND MOTOR → Tap on AssistiveTouch.

Tap on Touch then AssistiveTouch in iOS 13 Device

Step #3. Turn On the Switch Next to AssistiveTouch. The virtual button should appear on the screen.

Enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone or iPad in iOS 13

In iOS 12 or Earlier

Step #1. Head over to Settings → General.

Tap on Settings then General in iOS 12 or Earlier

Step #2. Tap on Accessibility → Scroll down and tap on AssistiveTouch.

Tap on Accessibility then AssistiveTouch in iOS 12 or Earlier

Turn on the toggle for AssistiveTouch to enable it.

Enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone or iPad in iOS 12

After you enable AssistiveTouch, a button should appear on the screen. If you tap this, you have a few options like Device, Voice Control, Home, Favorites.

Step #1. Tap on the AssistiveTouch icon → Tap on Device.

Tap on AssitiveTouch then Device on iPhone or iPad

Step #2. Now, tap on Rotate Screen.

Tap on Rotate Screen in AssitiveTouch on iPhone or iPad

Step #3. Tap on either Left or Right.

Lock Rotation in Landscape Mode on iPhone or iPad

The device rotates to landscape orientation. And locks to it. And that is how you lock the iPhone in landscape orientation.

There is, of course, a downside to this: the AssistiveTouch button will stay on the screen, right on top of whatever app you are using. It fades out to a transparent level so that you can see through it but when you tap anywhere on it, AssistiveTouch is enabled and you see the four options.

Locking an iPhone in landscape mode might seem, to some of you, as an unnecessary option or requirement but sometimes it is absolutely necessary. For instance, I read stuff on Instapaper and have wished that the landscape mode locks on iPhone so I can read faster and better. This AssistiveTouch technique lets me do that.

Note that it is necessary to have Lock Orientation enabled for this trick to work. If lock orientation is not enabled, turning the iPhone back to portrait mode will rotate the screen back to portrait mode.

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