How do I lock rotation with iOS 4 / iOS 5?

The iOS 4 firmware update includes a rotation lock feature, similar to the rotation lock switch found on the first generation iPad.

iPhone 4 ships with iOS 4 and also has this capability. To enable rotation lock and prevent the screen from automatically changing orientation when the iPhone is turned:

1. Double click the home button to bring up the multitasking bar.
2. Swipe right until the last set of icons is displayed in the multitasking bar (these will include play/pause and skip buttons for iPod or Pandora).
3. The furthest left icon looks like a circular arrow - touch this icon to enable or disable rotation lock on the iPhone.
4. A rotation lock icon will appear in the status bar next to the battery charge icon when rotation lock is enabled. This looks like a circular arrow around a padlock.

When rotation lock is enabled apps will not respond to the accelerometer sensor.

UPDATE: The toggle for rotation lock has been moved in iOS 7. Check here for instructions on how to lock rotation with iOS 7.


Actually this button is NOT simular to the switch on the iPad. On the iPad you are able to stop rotation in both landscape and portrait view. All the button on the iPhone 4 does, is freezing the screen in portrait mode. So the functionality is really different.

I agree this functionality is really different. It would be great to see Apple enhance the iPhone rotation lock to work like the iPad lock: if you're in landscape mode, freeze it there.

When you are in landscape mode and want to freeze it, just turn your iphone the way that home button get on the top - that's all, you're still in landscape.

Some apps don't stop when you turn them into landscape mode.
For example: You are laying on your side on the bed using an app. You turn your phone sideways so that you can view it in the landscape mode. What happens next is that since the iPhone will be upside down and the app will reorient iself upside down and won't stay locked in landscape mode.

Not all apps do that, just some of them.

Eu estou de acordo com você...quando eu usava YouTube no meu iPhone, havia um botão que torna os vídeos, mas eles voltam à orientação normal quando terminam.

Works! Thats great!

Great help! Thanks a lot.
It made me angry...

1. Double tap the home key to access the background control screen.
2. Swipe-right until you see iPad and orientation controls
3. Click the Portrait Orientation lock button

you can watch it from here easy way from here
http://downloadroot.com/How%20To-Remove%20-iphone-Lock-Icon.html

Great Job..............I like you reply with the help of screenshots.................

thank you for that link, for some reason on mine I had to swipe left to find that icon. If not for the link I would have never figured this out.

Now I can read my books and not have the screen move - so frustrating. lol

For me, I had to find the orientation button by swiping the icons to the left not the right. But thanks so much for the screenshots. That helped!!

THIS IS IT! thanks!!

Thanks for your help, it worked. I had to go and watch it to understand what I needed to do.
Thanks again....

This response fails to thank the writer for helpful advice and ignores two key points. The distinction between, switch and function, and the meaning of the word similar.
Firstly, the very helpful advice offered above clearly suggests that, the BUTTON on the iphone is similar to the BUTTON the ipad, not the function. The issue in this response is that, the function is not the same, which is true, however, at no point does the writer refer to the function on the iphone as being the same as the function on the ipad, thus rendering the response invalid and ignorant. Secondly, the word, similar, is a comparative adjective used to compare two or more things. In this case the two things being compared are the button on the iPhone and iPad, which incidentally, are quite similar.
So, closer scrutiny is required before responding to helpful answers, and good manners go a long way.
Thank you to the writer of the answer to, "how do I lock the rotation of the screen on my phone". I can now lie on my side in bed and write responses correcting the ungrateful comments.

You need, to study, up on comma, usage.

i have been looking for this information on many websites, and u are the only web that offers it (:
thank u.

good job !

Indeed, this tutorial helped me a lot. Thanks for sharing. funny tumblr

at last!! someone knows what they are talking about.....
how quick and easy was that???

thanksssss a million !

Thank you so much for this basic response to about 100 questions in other forums regarding the accelerometer and rotation lock. After searching for about an hour I finally found a reference to rotation lock but not where to find the control button for it. Thanks again and I will be referring to iphone faq from now on as a first line of defense for iphone info and issues.

Brilliant! This simple manoeuvre has saved me a lot of grief in trying to get my shareprice charts display in landscape mode after i accidentally locked my screen rotation. Well done!

Thank you a lot for this article.

I upgraded yesterday my iPad to iOS 4.2 and almost the first things I realized as a change was the functional change of that button to mute/unmute. Thanks for this tip although for iPhone, worked well and I can continue enjoying my iBooks and web browsing.

I have written a blog article about my first experiences of iOS 4.2 and added a link to your excellent tip.

http://keijoknutasit.blogspot.com/2010/11/i-updated-my-ipad-os-to-ios-42.html

One more swipe to the right, and you get brightness control btw.

No you don't. You get audio volume control

Merci beacoup g enfin trouvé la solution apres l'avoir bloqué accidentellemnt. super !!!!!

Thanks so much! Somehow this info is hard to find, weird. Works perfect on my iPod Touch!

Thank you for a simple answer and just as simple intruction on how to fix this problem. I've been trying to unlock this feature for a few months now, and no one could tell me how. I'm about to see if it works for the iPad as well....just a second.....yes it does. For any one that wants to know it also works with the ipad. just follow the intructions given for the iPhone.

the ipad also has a switch on the side to lock the rotation

Thanks, Pal. For days I was wondering what the hell was that pad lock thing... when I read your post I realised that I did flick the switch when I tried to mute the Ipad. lol. Thanks heaps I feel like a fool..

Thank you so much for posting this. I almost bought an app to do this. :(

I really hate the automatic rotation thingee.