Screen rotation is one of the best display features on your iPhone or iPad. When it is turned on, you can easily rotate your device’s screen and watch the video or picture in an accurate orientation. You don’t need to adjust screen orientation every time as the screen itself adjusts to the portrait or landscape orientation when you hold the device accordingly.
But sometimes this orientation gets disturbed without any reason, and this mars your me-time while you are watching your favorite videos and photos of your loved ones. So when you find that your iPhone screen doesn’t rotate, you can try out these possible solutions to fix this issue.
When your iPhone screen fails to rotate, you won’t be able to consume visual contents properly. In this situation, you can either deal with the bug or change vertical videos using iMovie. Alternatively, you can rotate video on your iOS device by using a brilliant new feature introduced in iOS 13. However, there should be a permanent fix to this problem of iPhone screen won’t rotate.
How to Fix iPhone Screen Won’t Rotate Issue
One of the first things you should check is the portrait orientation lock on your device. For this, follow the steps mentioned below.
Solution #1. Turn Off Portrait Orientation Lock
Step #1. Wake up the iPhone screen and swipe up to bring Control Center. If you have iPhone X, XR, XS, or XS Max, you can bring down Control Center from the top right corner of the screen.
Step #2. Now see that portrait orientation lock (lock and arrow icon).
If you see this lock-in red color, tap to turn it off.
You can access Control Center on the lock screen of your iPhone only if you have turned on Control Center in Touch ID & Passcode.
Settings → Touch ID & Passcode → Enter Code → turn on Control Center below ALLOW ACCESS WHEN LOCKED.
Solution #2. Restart your iPhone/iPad
Restarting your iOS device can fix a lot of minor software issues, and one of them is screen not rotating. Since Apple has ditched its celebrated Home button in iPhone X and later devices, restarting the device takes a different method.
Solution #3. Does the App Support Screen Orientation?
Some apps support only portrait or landscape mode. This certainly prevents you from watching contents in different screen orientation. You can open and try a different app like Safari or Notes.
An important thing you must remember is that home screen on your iPhone or iPad never rotates. It does only on the plus-sized devices viz. iPhone 6 Plus, 6s Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus.
Solution #4. Check the Display Zoom
As mentioned above, the plus-sized iPhones can rotate the Home screen layout. If you have that iPhone plus and still the home screen won’t rotate, you can check the Display Zoom in Settings.
Settings → Display & Brightness → View (under DISPLAY ZOOM).
If the Display Zoom is set Zoomed, turn it to Standard and then check the screen rotation on your device.
If you have an iPad with Side Switch, you can set that switch to work as a rotation lock or mute switch. For this purpose:
Settings → General → Use Side Switch To. Here, choose the option you want.
Is there any problem with Accelerometer?
Accelerometer controls your iPhone or iPad’s screen rotation. It is a hardware that also measures the speed of movement of any object. In case the Accelerometer of your iOS device is broken, it cannot track any movement. Since this is a hardware issue, you need to fix an appointment at the Apple Store to get the issue fixed. You can get hardware support from Apple.
Using an iOS device in landscape and portrait mode has its own fun. When this screen orientation does not work, you get irritated for a few moments. However, with the right knowledge in the right direction will give you the perfect solution. Once the problem is fixed, you can enjoy your videos by rotating the screen the way you wish.
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