This one comes directly from a redditor, Ron. May be 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 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.

How to Lock Rotation in Landscape Mode on iPhone

Here’s how to work it out.

To lock an iPhone in landscape mode:

  • First off, lock rotation in the portrait mode (fifth toggle in Control Center)

Enable Lock Rotation in Portrait Mode

  • Now, head to Settings → General → Accessibility
  • Scroll down and tap on AssistiveTouch
  • Turn on the toggle for AssistiveTouch to enable it.

Turn on Assistive Touch on iPhone

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.

  • Tap on the AssistiveTouch icon
  • Tap on Device
  • Now, tap on Rotate Screen
  • Tap on either Left or Right
  • 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.

  • Luke Ceo

    No longer works in iOS 9.0.1 :/

    • Jedsel

      Yeah, no longer works!!! Been searching for this problem to fix, but it end s up nothing…

      • Sarah Nelson Wright

        Any luck?

    • Edgar Concepcion Delovino

      not working on 9.2 either..

  • ReluctantAppleGuy

    Thank you for helping me “unlock” this feature, pun intended. But the real question is, with the Iphone having been around for more than 7 years now, why is it still necessary to go through all this trouble to do something as simple as locking landscape view when Droid phones have had this built in function for years?

  • Deborah Powers

    Thank you for the instructions on landscape mode and locking it. You were way more helpful than the Apple Rep. THANKS AGAIN! :)