How to Enable the Screen Orientation Lock and Adjust Brightness on the Samsung Tab

By default, the Tab will automatically adjust the screen’s orientation when the device is rotated, you can prevent this shift in orientation from occurring by enabling the orientation lock. Since the option to lock the screen’s orientation is in the same location as the brightness adjustment,  I figured I cover that here as well. The Tab allows to set the screen’s brightness by manually adjusting the slider or by allowing the device’s built-in light sensor automatically adjust based on lighting conditions, the choice is yours.

Follow the instructions below to learn how to adjust the screen’s brightness and set the screen orientation lock. If you have any comments or questions please use the comments form at the end of the article.

Software/Hardware used: Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 2.2.

How to Enable the Screen Orientation Lock and Adjust Brightness on the Samsung Tab


1. Tap on the Status bar and hold, then drag down to reveal the options.

A. You can adjust the screen’s brightness by moving the slider or you can allow the Tab to automatically adjust it based on lighting conditions.

Note: You must uncheck Auto before you can adjust the brightness level.

B. From this screen you will also be able to Lock and Unlock the screens orientation (portrait/landscape).

  • Flaviohws

    Great!!! Very helpfull!!


    Screen orientation no longer works – permanently in portrait mode. Is there a fix?

    • Reboot the device. Did you lock the orientation?

    • Robchanco

      yup, i had this problem too and tried to find everywhere for solutions, reading all the forums are all BS, telling you you reset,add this etc. is all UNNECESSARY, i found out there is only one thing you need to do to fix this, go to stetting then display settings, then horizontal calibration, ok from this point a lot makes a mistake on how they calibrate their sensor, and they all say they tried it and it didnt work , it how you calibrate it .. 😉

      make sure your device is flat on a table, (MEANING SCREEN SHOULD BE FACING THE CEILING ) and not portrait or landscape, FLAT UPRIGHT then press calibrate, the green ball should now move to the center, and now your sensor is calibrated 😉

    • Rob, thanks for the info…good to know that there is a solution to that issue.


      Gilberto J Perera

  • SevenFish

    Screen orientation lock seems to be gone now with update for iPad. Is there a way to restore it?

    Thank you,

    Lee Fisher

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