How Do I Stop My iPhone Screen from Rotating?

How to keep your screen from rotating with Orientation Lock.

Most of us use our phones as devices with vertical screens — that is, taller than they are wide. That’s how iPhones were designed, and most of our apps work with that kind of orientation. But sometimes we need something… wider. Maybe we’re watching the latest must-binge Netflix series or playing a driving game or shooting some video of our own. In those cases, we want our screens to be horizontal, or wider than it is tall. Enter: Portrait orientation.

Devices like the iPhone dynamically reorient to match how you’re holding it. So if you’re typing a text vertically then turn the phone to watch a movie, the screen automatically switches from a vertical to horizontal orientation. And, normally, that’s what you want. But sometimes, phones can get a little wonky and rotate at weird times and in strange ways. To prevent that and to keep your screen in one position, iPhone provides a handy feature called Orientation Lock. And turning it on (or off) couldn’t be easier.

  1. Swipe to open the Control Center.
  2. Find the Orientation Lock icon, which is a lock with a curved arrow.
  3. If Orientation Lock is off, the icon will be white. Tap it turn it on and the icon will turn red. You’ll also see a smaller version of it at the top of your screen. Tap the icon again to turn it off (and get a fun little icon animation).

That’s it. Now, enjoy your apps and movies and creativity any way you want!

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