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Tip: How to Lock and Unlock the iPhone’s Screen Orientation

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Unlike previous versions of the iPhone, iOS 4 allows you to lock the screen orientation while using the iPhone. This is very helpful when reading emails, text messages, and using other applications that auto rotate when the iPhone’s orientation changes.

The guide below will show you how to lock and unlock the iPhone’s screen orientation.

How to Lock and Unlock the Screen’s Orientation

Software/Hardware used: I used an iPhone 4 running iOS4 for this guide.

Press the Home button twice to bring up the Recently Opened app list.

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1. When the section opens, swipe from left to right to get to the end of the list.

Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button to lock the orientation of the screen.

The screen will be locked in that orientation until you unlock it again by repeating the process below.


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Press the Home button twice again to bring up the Recently Opened app list.

2. Tap on the Unlock Portrait Orientation button to unlock the orientation.

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Originally posted Jul 02, 2010

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  • Lounder

    This doesn’t work if you have updated to iOS 4.3. It workded fine in v 4.2

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      I just tried it on my iPhone 4 running 4.3.2 and it locks the orientation of the screen. What do you mean by, “This doesn’t work”? Orientation doesn’t lock? Thanks.

  • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

    JG,

    You are correct, I just tried it…I wonder why they would do that….Apple sometimes just doesn’t make any sense.

  • JG

    Works for portrait orientation but not for landscape :(

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      JG,

      You are correct, I just tried it…I wonder why they would do that….Apple sometimes just doesn’t make any sense.

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  • http://www.turbo-trainers.com BillyH

    I honestly didn’t know that you could do that, but I’m glad I do now. It’s such a pain when every time you move your phone the screen turns around, it used to drive me nuts! But not anymore…

    B

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      BillyH,

      I’m glad you found the tip useful. Make sure to check back for more updates.

  • http://www.turbo-trainers.com BillyH

    I honestly didn’t know that you could do that, but I’m glad I do now. It’s such a pain when every time you move your phone the screen turns around, it used to drive me nuts! But not anymore…

    B

    • http://www.gilsmethod.com Gilberto J Perera

      BillyH,

      I’m glad you found the tip useful. Make sure to check back for more updates.