How to activate landscape mode on the home screen of your Android phone (with Google Now)

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Earlier this year, Google made some significant changes to its Google Now launcher, one of them being the ability to enable landscape mode on phone home screens.

Sure enough, a lot of Android apps can be used in both portrait and landscape mode by default, but that’s not the case when it comes to your phone’s home screen – normally it always stays. in portrait mode (unless you use a third-party app to force the screen orientation as you want). So let’s see how to bring landscape mode to your phone’s home screen, shall we? First of all, your phone should use Google Now as the default launcher. This is preinstalled on Nexus devices, but if you have another type of Android phone, you can get Google Now for free from Google Play (see the download link at the end of this article). Once you’ve downloaded Google Now, make it your default launcher (in case you didn’t know, here’s how to do that). From the Google Now launcher, long press anywhere on the Home screen. Next, tap on the Settings button that appears in the lower right corner. In the Settings menu, at the bottom of the list, you’ll see an “Allow Rotate” toggle – obviously you’ll need to tap that if you want to enable landscape mode. Once this option is enabled, you will see that your phone’s home screen automatically rotates each time you rotate it left or right. You could say that it turns your handset into a small tablet. If you don’t find this useful, you can always turn off the “Allow rotation” toggle.

Unfortunately for users of older versions of Android, it appears that auto-rotate in Google Now only works on handsets running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or newer.

To download: Google now

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