Everyone gets frustrated with the way their phone handles auto-rotation at some point. Sometimes, your iPhone may not recognize that you’ve played it, leaving you with a less than optimal viewing experience.
Of course, iOS offers a way to lock your phone into portrait mode. It stops the annoying rotation when you lie down using your phone, among other scenarios.
But what if you want to force your phone to landscape mode? Keep reading to find out how it’s possible.
You can use the iOS AssistiveTouch feature to force-rotate the iPhone screen into landscape mode, even if you’re using the device in portrait mode. This is the only original way to force rotate your iPhone screen.
To use AssistiveTouch, you must first enable it in your iPhone’s Settings menu:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to General > Accessibility > AssistiveTouch.
- Make sure the switch at the top of the screen is in the On position.
- Tap one of the four options (Single Tap, Double Tap, Long Press, or 3D Touch) and set it to Open Menu.
- Return to your iPhone home screen.
Now you will see a new floating icon on the screen. Perform whatever action you set for Open Menu in the steps above, then go to Devices > Rotate Screen. You can twirl left, right, or upside down.
If you’re worried about the new on-screen icons being annoying, don’t worry. It will fade when not in use, and you can tap-and-drag to move it around your screen.
Unfortunately, after the release of iOS 9, Apple removed the part of this feature where your phone will stay fixed in landscape until the next time you lock the screen. Now, if you force iOS into landscape mode and then move your phone, the landscape settings will be overridden.
(Notes: Force-play feature will not work on apps that don’t support landscape view. Only iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus can rotate their home screen. Thus no possible landscape home screen on iPhone X or later, likely due to the position of the Face ID camera.)
Use Rotation Control App
Most iPhone users will be familiar with the concept of jailbreaking. By doing so, you can step outside of Apple’s limitations; You can install apps and make tweaks that aren’t usually available on iOS.
Explaining how to jailbreak your iPhone is beyond the scope of this discussion. In fact, we advise you not to jailbreak your phone again for security reasons. But if you already have a jailbroken phone, you should check EasyAppOrientation. This is the only valuable rotation control app for iOS.
EasyAppOrientation is no longer available in any repos. Instead, you need to download the DEB file and install it manually using Filza.
This app lets you set forced rotation on an app-by-app basis. For example, you can make your preferred ereader app always open in landscape, while forcing Spotify to always run in portrait mode. The four options available in EasyAppOrientation are Portrait, Landscape Right, Landscape Left, and Portrait (Upside Down).
Download: EasyAppOrientation (Free)
Other Rotation App Solutions
If EasyAppOrientation doesn’t provide what you need, you can also take a look at videoplayerrotatable. This will force rotate your iPhone every time a video plays — meaning no more annoying landscape videos in portrait mode.
This app is free to use, and available on D4ni’s Repo. You can access the D4ni Repo by adding https://repo.d4ni.nl/ to Cydia.
Use Video Rotation App
One of the main reasons people want to rotate the screen on their iPhone is to watch videos in the correct format. Of course, video is naturally better in landscape mode, but the nature of smartphones means most people shoot their videos in portrait.
Fortunately, there are several apps that can rotate your iPhone videos from portrait to landscape and vice versa. One of the best video rotation apps on iOS is Video Rotate + Flip. It’s free to use; You can remove ads with an in-app purchase.
Once you convert your video from portrait to landscape in the app, it will export a copy to your iPhone’s Camera Roll. You can force play videos of any size, and the app doesn’t leave a watermark.
And lastly, because the video plays at the frame rate, it’s compatible with all video players on your Mac or Windows computer.
Download: Play Video + Flip (Free)
Troubleshooting iPhone Landscape Mode Problems
Remember, while the three methods above will all let you change the screen orientation on your iPhone, your phone should theoretically adjust itself every time you physically rotate it to your desired position.
If not, here are some troubleshooting tips to try:
1. Check Rotation Lock
Are you sure you accidentally enabled portrait view lock? You’ll find this switch in the Control Center. On iPhone 8 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access it. iPhone X and later users will have to swipe up from the top right corner of the screen.
Here, tap on the rotation lock icon (which looks like a lock with a circular arrow around it) to turn it on/off. The lock will stay in place until you deactivate it again.
2. Toggle Display Zoom
As mentioned, owners of an iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus, or 8 Plus can rotate their home screen. If it doesn’t rotate, the Display Zoom feature might be to blame. To disable Display Zoom, follow the steps below:
- Open the Settings app.
- Go to Screen and Brightness.
- Scroll down for View Zoom.
- Go to View > Standard.
3. Broken Accelerometer
Your phone’s accelerometer is responsible for knowing whether you hold your device in landscape or portrait view. Thus, if your phone does not rotate manually, the accelerometer could be damaged. It is possible if you have eliminated every other possible cause.
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