Why Won’t the Screen Rotate?
One of the first cool things new iPhone and iPod touch owners discover is that if they turn their device on its side, the screen rotates to match the orientation of the device without any effort. That is, if you turn your device on its side, the screen will adjust to display lengthwise rather than height wise (landscape mode rather than portrait mode). It happens, though, that when you turn your device the screen of your iPhone or iPod touch won’t move.
In most cases, the screen doesn’t want to change its position just because you’ve got the screen rotation lock turned on, which prevents your iPhone or iPod touch from reorienting its screen.
To confirm that this setting is turned on, look for an icon that looks like a curved arrow surrounding a lock. If you see this icon in the top right corner of the screen, next to the battery meter, its means that rotation lock is turned on.
To turn the screen rotation on or off, do the following:
In iOS 6 or lower, double tap the home button on the front of the device. This will reveal the fast app switcher row of apps at the bottom of the screen. Now swipe left to right to reveal the Music app, music player controls, and on the far left, an app with a curved arrow in it if the lock is turned on, you’ll see the lock inside the arrow.
In iOS 7 or higher, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center. In iOS 7, tap the lock-and-curved-arrow icon. If it is white, it’s on; black and it’s off.
To turn screen rotation lock on, tap the curved arrow icon so that the lock appears. To turn screen rotation lock off, tap the icon so that the lock disappears. Now, a single tap on the home button makes you screen operate normally.
Note that while many apps can rotate to either portrait or landscape mode, some apps are designed to only work in one orientation. Besides the home screen on the iPhone and iPod touch can’t rotate (though it can on the iPad!). Thus if you turn your device and the screen doesn’t reorient, check to see whether the orientation lock is present in the top corner. If it’s not, the app is designed not to rotate.
Finally, remember that while the iPad runs the same operating system as the iPhone and iPod touch, its screen rotation works a differently. Its home screen can reorient, and its setting is controlled differently: In the Settings app, tap General and you’ll find a setting called Use Side Switch to. This setting lets you choose whether the small switch on the right side of the iPad above the volume buttons is the rotation lock or the mute button. If you set Use Side Switch to Lock Rotation, then that button is the only way to lock and unlock the screen. If you set that to be the Mute button, you should use the steps described above for the iPhone/iPod touch to access the screen rotation lock.
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