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Lock the screen orientation of your iPhone or iPad



  Orientation lock on Apple iPhone

If you've ever used an iPad or iPhone, you know how frustrating it is when iOS switches orientation from landscape to portrait (or vice versa) when you don't want it. Fortunately, you can easily solve this with the built-in Orientation Lock from iOS.

To enable it, start the Control Center in one of the following ways:

  • iPhone X or newer / iPad with iOS 1
    2 or higher:
    Swipe down from the top right corner of the screen.
  • iPhone 8 or earlier / iPad with iOS 11 or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. (Control Center first appeared in iOS 7.)

  Swipe from bottom to bottom or bottom right to open Control Center on your iPhone or iPad.

Control Center appears. Tap the Orientation Lock icon.

 Tap the Orientation Lock icon on your iPhone and iPad.

When Orientation Lock is activated, iOS briefly issues a message to confirm this, and the Orientation Lock icon then changes color.

 The Orientation Lock icon has a different color to indicate that it is enabled on an iPad.

You can quickly check the status of the Orientation Lock at any time by looking at the status bar at the top of your screen (near the battery level icon). If you see a small icon of the Orientation Lock there, the function is on.

 iPhone status bar indicating that the Orientation Lock is on.

To disable the Orientation Lock, start the Control Center and then tap the Orientation Lock icon.



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