How to force rotate in landscape mode on iPhone


Everyone has been frustrated with the way their phone handles automatic rotation at any given time. Sometimes your iPhone may not recognize that you rotated it, leaving you with a less than optimal viewing experience.

Of course, iOS offers a way to lock your phone in portrait mode. It stops those annoying spins when you are lying down using your phone, among other scenarios.

But what if you want to force your phone to rotate in landscape mode? Read on to find out how this is possible.

Use the built-in AssistiveTouch feature of iOS

You can use the iOS AssistiveTouch feature to force your iPhone screen to rotate in landscape mode, even if you are using the device in portrait mode. This is the only built-in way to force your iPhone screen to rotate.

To use AssistiveTouch, you must first activate it in the Settings menu of your iPhone:

  1. Open the Settings application.

  2. Go to Accessibility> AssistiveTouch.

  3. Make sure the toggle at the top of the screen is in the At position.

  4. Tap one of the four options (Just one click, Type twice, Long press, Where 3D touch) and set it to Open menu.

  5. Return to your iPhone’s home screen.

You should now see a new floating icon on the screen. Perform the action you define Open menu in the steps above, then go to Device> Rotate screen. You can force the rotation to the left, right or backwards.


If you’re worried that the new onscreen icon might be annoying, don’t worry. It will fade when not in use and you can drag it to move it around your screen.

Related: How To Use A Virtual iPhone Home Button With AssistiveTouch

Unfortunately, if you force iOS to landscape mode and then move your phone, the landscape setting will be overridden. You will therefore need to use this option each time you reset.

To note: The forced rotation feature will not work on apps that do not support landscape view. Only iPhone 6 Plus, 6S Plus, 7 Plus, and 8 Plus can rotate their home screens. So there is no possibility of a landscape homescreen on iPhone X or later, possibly due to the position of the Face ID camera.

Use a third-party rotation control app

Most iPhone users are familiar with the concept of jailbreaking. This allows you to get out of Apple’s restrictions; you can install apps and make settings that are not normally available on iOS.

Related: Is Jailbreaking a Device Illegal?

Explaining how to jailbreak your iPhone is beyond the scope of this discussion. In fact, we recommend that you do not jailbreak your phone, for security reasons.

But if you already have a jailbroken phone, you should check out Gyration. It is one of the few interesting rotation control apps for iOS. It is available from the CydiaGeek repository and works on all versions of iOS.

Screenshot of the Gyration setting page in Cydia.

The application allows you to set a forced rotation application by application. For example, you can make your favorite eReader always open in landscape mode, while forcing Spotify to always run in portrait mode.

The four options available on Gyration are Portrait, Landscape on the right, Left Landscape, and Portrait (upside down).

To download: Gyrating for Cydia (To free)

Use a video rotation app

One of the main reasons people want to rotate their iPhone screen is to watch videos in the right format. Of course, videos are naturally best in landscape mode, but the nature of smartphones means that many people record their videos in portrait mode instead.

Fortunately, there are some apps that can rotate your iPhone video from portrait to landscape and vice versa. One of the best video rotation apps on iOS is Video Rotate + Flip. Its use is free; you can remove the ads with an in-app purchase.

Screenshot of the Video Rotate + Flip app on the App Store.

Once you convert your video from portrait to landscape in the app, it will export a copy of it to your iPhone Camera Roll. You can force rotate videos of any length and the app does not leave a watermark.

And finally, as the videos rotate at frame level, the output is compatible with any video player on your Mac or Windows computer.

To download: Video rotation + Flip to iPhone (To free)

Troubleshoot iPhone landscape mode issues

Keep in mind that while the three methods above all let you change the screen orientation on an iPhone, your phone should theoretically adjust every time you physically rotate it.

If not, here are some troubleshooting tips to try:

1. Check the rotation lock

Are you sure you didn’t accidentally turn on Portrait View Lock? You will find this toggle in the Control Center. On an iPhone with a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to access it. On an iPhone without a Home button, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen instead.

Here, tap the rotation lock icon (which looks like a lock with a circular arrow) to turn it on or 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 homescreen. If it doesn’t spin, the Display Zoom feature could be to blame. To turn off display zoom, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings application.

  2. Go to Display and brightness.

  3. Scroll to Display zoom.

  4. Go to Display> Standard.

3. A broken accelerometer

Your phone’s accelerometer is responsible for detecting whether you are holding your device in landscape or portrait mode. So, if your phone doesn’t automatically spin, the accelerometer might be broken. It is a possibility if you have ruled out all other probable causes.

If you think about it, you will need to take your device to a certified Apple repair shop. Contact Apple support to start.

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