Sometimes you need to rotate the screen of your iPhone or iPad without physically tilting the device. Maybe your rotation sensor is broken or it is physically impossible. If so, there is a way around it. Here’s how.
An accessibility feature built into iPhone and iPad called AssistiveTouch provides a shortcut menu that allows you to simulate physical movements, gestures, and button presses from a centralized interface. Features include changing the screen orientation without having to physically move your iPhone or iPad.
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To use AssistiveTouch to rotate the screen, you must enable it first. To do this, open Settings on your iPhone or iPad.
Select ‘Accessibility’ in Settings.
In Accessibility, tap Touch.
In Touch Settings, tap AssistiveTouch.
In “AssistiveTouch”, tap the switch next to “AssistiveTouch” to turn it on.
When you flip the switch next to AssistiveTouch, a special button (which looks like a rounded gray rectangle with a white circle in the center) appears at the edge of the screen.
Exit Settings and open the app you want to run. You will notice that the AssistiveTouch button stays on the screen and becomes translucent when not in use. You can drag it with your finger on the edge of the screen to move it.
When you’re ready to rotate the screen, tap the AssistiveTouch button once. A black square menu with rounded corners will appear on the screen. Tap on ‘Device’.
The AssistiveTouch menu changes and presents a new set of options. Tap ‘Rotate screen’.
Again, the AssistiveTouch menu will change, this time presenting you with four rotation options. Note that these are four absolute screen positions. They are not relative to the current screen position (for example, you cannot keep tapping the “Right” rotation button to keep rotating the screen to the right.).
Tap the rotation option you want to use.
After tapping, the screen will rotate to that position. To change it back, you can use the AssistiveTouch> Device> Rotate Screen option again or just physically rotate your device until the orientation is reset.
To lock the screen orientation so that it doesn’t change by physically moving your device, open Control Center and tap the orientation lock button (which looks like a circular arrow with a lock in it).
After that, close the Control Center and your iPhone or iPad screen will remain rotated the way you want – no physical movements required!
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