The orientation of your iPhone’s screen changes depending on how you’re holding the phone. For instance, your screen orientation will be portrait if you read an eBook while holding the phone vertically. Tilting the iPhone a little or turning it sideways will change the orientation of your screen to landscape.
However, this change of orientation happens when the auto-rotation lock is off. If you don’t want your phone to auto-rotate for particular reasons, you can lock the orientation in portrait or landscape mode.
Sometimes, you may lock the automatic rotation accidentally or knowingly. In such cases, apps that work better with a landscape orientation may fail to rotate, interfering with your screen experience. Fortunately, you can change direction on your iPhone with a few steps.
To change the orientation on an iPhone, rotate the phone. If the orientation does not change automatically, the auto-rotation lock is on. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the iPhone to reveal the Control Center. Tap the Screen Auto Rotation Lock to disable it, then hold your phone horizontally.
This article explains how to change the orientation of an iPhone and troubleshoot problems with screen rotation.
How To Change the Orientation on an iPhone
The screen display of your iPhone will assume a landscape mode when you open apps that support the landscape view and rotate your phone. These apps include Messages, mobile games, and entertainment apps – like Netflix and YouTube.
Here’s how to change the orientation on an iPhone.
- Open an app on your iPhone that supports a landscape view.
- Rotate the phone.
The screen should automatically rotate to assume a landscape view. If it doesn’t, the automatic rotation lock is on. Follow these steps to disable it.
- Swipe down from the top-right corner to open the Control Center on your iPhone’s home screen.
- Tap the Screen Auto Rotation Lock icon (padlock with a curved arrow) to turn it off.
- Open an app that supports landscape view and rotate your phone. The screen orientation should change.
The above method applies to iPhone models without the Home button. Follow these steps to change the screen’s orientation on an iPhone with a Home button.
- Swipe up from the bottom of your home screen to reveal the Control Center.
- Tap the Screen Auto Rotation Lock icon to unhighlight it and turn it off.
- Open an app that supports landscape mode.
- Rotate the phone.
How To Troubleshoot an iPhone That Won’t Rotate
Is the screen auto-rotation lock disabled, but your iPhone won’t rotate? There are several ways you can troubleshoot this problem, including the following solutions below.
Disable Display Zoom
The Zoom Mode on iPhone enlarges texts and icons on your phone’s display. Sometimes, your screen may fail to rotate when this setting is on. Follow these steps to disable it.
- Go to your Settings.
- Select “Display & Brightness“.
- Scroll down the menu to locate “Display Zoom“.
- Under Display Zoom, select “View“.
- Choose “Standard“.
- Tap “Set“.
Your screen orientation should change when you rotate your phone.
Restart Your iPhone
Restarting a device will fix it if it’s acting up most of the time. Here’s how to reboot your iPhone.
- Press and hold the volume and side button simultaneously until the power off slider appears on the screen.
- Pull down the power off slider to turn off the device.
- Wait for thirty 30 seconds before turning on the iPhone.
- Press and hold the side button until the Apple Logo appears to turn on the device.
When you hold your iPhone vertically and tilt it, your iPhone should automatically change the orientation when viewing content on an app that supports a landscape view. If this does not happen, the Screen Auto Rotation Lock is enabled. Go to the Control Center and disable the lock to change your screen orientation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Follow these steps to change your iPhone screen to landscape mode.
1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your home screen to reveal the Control Center.
2. Unhighlight the Screen Auto Rotation Lock to turn it off.
3. Rotate your iPhone to change the orientation to landscape view.
There are several reasons why your iPhone may not rotate.
• The Screen Auto Rotation Lock is on.
• You have enabled the Display Zoom.
• Your accelerometer has a problem.
Try these solutions to fix the issue.
• Disable the Screen Auto Rotation Lock.
• Disable Display Zoom.
• Restart your iPhone.
Follow these steps to turn on auto-rotate on your iPhone.
1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open the Control Center.
2. Ensure the Screen Auto Rotation Lock is disabled. When enabled, the icon is white (highlighted). Tap the icon to unhighlight it.