How to stop iphone screen rotating flipping or turning

How to stop iphone screen rotating flipping or turning

Stop iphone screen rotating: This post will show you how to stop iphone screen rotating when you turn your device on its side.

I just found the most important feature about the new iphone. It’s called ‘portrait orientation lock’. It stops the screen from flipping when you turn the phone on its side.

You know the situation. You are reading on the sofa, or sitting in bed, and the screen on your phone flips round because you are holding the device at an angle. You just triggered the motion sensors. The frustrating part is that when it happens, you have to move and shake your phone or ipad to get it to go back to normal. When it happens the first time its OK, but when it happens a lot it’s frustrating.

Stop iphone screen rotating with Portrait orientation lock in iOS

In ios7 the portrait orientation lock button has moved and is now on the control-center screen. This has stayed for iOS 8 and iOS9.

To access the control-center:

  • Swipe from the bottom of your screen upwards
    (like you do for the notification center at the top of your screen)
  • You will now see the control center with lots of icons and options.
  • By default portrait orientation lock is the last icon in the first row.
  • If its enabled it will have a white outline.

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With portrait orientation lock enabled you will successfully stop iphone screen rotating :)

iOS6 and Below

To stop your device from flipping about all over the place in iOS 6 and below; follow these simple instructions:

  • Double click the home button
    the one with the square on it on your phone / ipad / ipod touch.
  • This takes you to the ‘multitasking’ part.
  • Swipe right on the icons at the bottom.
  • The first icon has a padlock on it.
  • Click it.

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You can now use your iphone without the screen flipping!!!!!

You can lock the screen using this technique in either portrait or landscape mode.
To disable the lock, simply click the padlock icon again.
Your iphone will return to normal flipping mode :)

Edit: check here for a post about how to use your iPad’s side switch for portrait orientation lock

Sources: apple support

  • Tim Smith

    Thanks Jonathan!

  • mike

    thank you so much this was sooooooooo annoying!

  • Raj

    Thank you very much! This has sorted out an ongoing headache without having to resort to 3rd party apps. Much appreciated!

  • mohammed ezzat amin

    thx so much i was annoyed so much and then i called apple store and hardware & softeware technician and no solution now i got the easy solution .. thx so much

    • Tulip_321

      Thanks a lot man.NOw i can easily do my tasks on iphone while lying on bed :p

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  • Glenn

    Top man! This has been bugging me for ages.

  • JT

    Top man and a google search, cant fault you!!

  • Sam


  • zele

    where can i find this program? i looked for if in cydia and installous…

  • zele

    hahahah sry people, i found it :D

  • Valiant Boy

    You little beuty!!!! I’ve been battling with my iphone Sat Nav for the last year as I use it on my motorbike, but it would flip upside down all the time, usually when coming up to intersections. This has fixed it. You made my day (and next time I get a major update, maybe I’ll read the release notes!!)

  • mari


  • Heaven or hell- you choose!

    I love the Internet as it made our lives in someways sooo much easier. I wanted to know where to set this lock. I googled . 1st link I clicked. I found it.

    Allah the most high be praised for allowing human beings intelligence to have the Internet created.

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  • Sw

    Wish I’d looked sooner. Thank you!!!

  • Neovillan

    that has been driving me nuts many thanks

  • Bersashi

    Thanks u so much i was going crazy on how to fix this i give 5 stars out of 5

  • Piseyvicheth

    Thank you so much. It’s very useful

  • guest

    haha  thanks!  I couldnt figure out what I had done that was keeping my screen from rotating!

  • Cibai

    Hahaha. Super like! Simple free help. Thanks man

  • STacy

    Thank you sooooo much!!!! Awesome!!!

  • Laurencoryell

    Awesome! Now I look smarter than my husband when it comes to our iPhones! Haha

  • Zoheib86

    Thnx for making ppls life easier on the go… AND THNK YOU MR. JOBS FOR PUTTING IN THE POTRAIT LOCK FOR US….

  • Dendoubleds

    Thank you so much mate. Its so hidden.

    • Someone

      Where is it man ?

  • Tay

    Thank you so fucking much!

  • xniccixd

    Thankyou this has driven me insane

  • Plasticelvis

    Wahoo!!! Thank you.

  • Nafi

    Nice post. Thanks for the post.
    There is another option for this which i user more which is to enable Touch accessibily option and use the shortcut. As mentioned other options are available too for Rotation lock on iPhone / iPod / iPad iOS

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  • Hayley Brandon

    That’s awesome! Thanks a million!! It worked

  • Hatem

    Thanks a lot, finally I unlocked again

  • Ass-123

    U are amazing how did u find that

  • Sobetennis

    Perfect. I swiped to the right though.

  • Fyhgftg

    Thanks!!! Never would’ve found it!

  • Wasimkhanjadoon

    u r a gem my frnd… its so hidden.. thanks alot for this beautiful post.

  • Convy

    Now that was easy! thanks

  • Colleen

    Darn. I really was hoping to have it be able to lock when sideways, too.

  • Sophiagair_x

    When I hold down the button it takes me to voice control?

  • Ndnanjel

    Thank you so much! :)

  • Bp

    That’s gold it works! Thanks

  • joseph rodriguez

    wow thanks that was greatly appreciated… when i record videos now will it post sideways or vertical?

  • Becca Nelson

    Thank you soooo much. It has been driving me crazy.

  • Valerie

    Your instructional writing skills are top notch, the best! Detailed, exact, and easy to follow. The best I’ve seen for iphone tips and how-to’s. …And you even include visuals—so helpful. Thank you!

  • Toni

    Omg this is amazing… Slightly different on the new iOS 7.2 but rite direction thank you

  • ThatMatt

    Wonderful! Thank you! I made a lifehacker car-crib for my ipod touch, but having the music player in portrait mode is so frustrating! This is a great bit of knowledge!

  • Heather

    Every time I time I exit out of an app my screen turns sideways whether my portrait orientation is locked or not. How do I fix this?

  • Sarosh

    Love it man…your too good at this .

  • Citizen Rosebud

    Thank you

  • jean

    thank you. it worked beautifully