ExpressBasics: How to force landscape mode on any Android tablet or phone

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Thanks to the return of Android tablets to the market, especially in the budget segment, I have been using them a lot lately. Unlike phones, I like to use my Android tablets mostly in landscape mode, like many other people. It’s not as easy as you think, though, thanks to apps that swing between landscape and portrait all the time.

Even after switching to landscape mode and disabling Android’s default auto-rotate, some apps will still only open in portrait mode. Well, here is how you can fix this problem.

First, download ‘Rotate | Orientation Manager’ by Pranav Pandey from Google Play Store. The free app allows you to override rotation settings on any Android phone or tablet at the sensor and user interface level.

Once you’ve set up the app, if you set it to landscape, all apps (except your lock screen) will open in landscape mode because those apps will be tricked into thinking that landscape mode is in does portrait orientation.

App Setup

Once the app is downloaded, open it and follow the on-screen instructions to give the app the twi permissions it needs to work – view over other apps and the ability to change system settings. You’ll then be greeted with a neat tutorial that you can go through to fully understand the basics, but the app is pretty usable without the tutorial as well.

When you are on the main screen, under the orientation section, you will see a number of options such as “Auto-rotate off”, “Auto-rotate on”, “Forced portrait” and “Forced landscape”. As their names suggest, you can use these buttons as one-click shortcuts to toggle the orientation of your device.

Here’s how to set up on the app. (PhotoExpress)

For example, if you want a tablet to always work in landscape mode, just choose the “Force landscape” mode here and you’re good to go.

Set the app to start automatically with your device

Rotate app has put your device in landscape mode for good, but every reboot on your tablet will still go back to square one and open your apps in portrait mode again. To avoid this, you can set the app to start automatically with your Android device.

To do this, go to the Settings section of the hamburger menu. This menu can be accessed by clicking on the top left icon with three horizontal bars, or by simply swiping from the left edge of the screen into the app. In the settings, enable the very first toggle that says “Start at startup”.

You can also play around with the app’s other settings to do things like change the orientation of only certain apps, show a notification whenever the app changes your orientation, and even change the app’s theme.

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