Accelerometer Lock

Why won't my iPhone screen rotate?

Chances are you've accidentally locked your iPhone into portrait orientation. As of iOS 7, Apple moved this feature into the Control Center, which slides up from the bottom of your iPhone screen.

This makes it much quicker and easier to lock and unlock iPhone rotation, but it also makes it a lot easier to accidentally do so without intending to.

If you're expecting your iPhone to rotate, and it isn't, check your orientation lock.

Set rotation lock for individual iOS apps


One of the minor inconveniences when using iOS devices involves rotation lock. For some users, there are situations when locking the orientation is preferred. The problem happens when switching to another app that requires the opposite orientation. For example, switching from reading an iBook in bed (portrait) to viewing a movie (landscape). To turn off rotation lock, the Control Center must be toggled every time.

What does the pad lock icon with the arrow on my iPhone mean?

If you're seeing an icon of a padlock surrounded by an arrow in your iPhone's icon bar, it means that your iPhone has rotation lock enabled.

Rotation lock allows your iPhone to be locked or "frozen" in portrait mode. In other words, turning your iPhone horizontal won't cause the screen to rotate into landscape mode.

If you've ended up in rotation lock accidentally, and want to know how to interact with the iPhone's rotation lock feature, visit our FAQ entitled "How do I lock rotation in iOS?".

How can I stop iPhone screen rotation?

UPDATE: iOS 4 features a built-in rotation lock function. Find out more information about how to use rotation lock here.

Some iPhone applications have preferences to set an accelerometer lock under Settings. When rotation is disabled, the orientation of the app stays fixed in one direction no matter which way the iPhone is turned.

Most commonly used apps such as Safari, Messaging, Mail and iPod do not have this feature available in the preferences. In contrast, orientation can be temporarily fixed when viewing photos on the iPhone Camera Roll or Photo Library.


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