My iPad rotation is locked vertically and I cannot unlock rotation, how do I resolve this?

You can use the side switch on iPad to either lock the screen rotation or to mute some iPad sounds. Tap Settings > General and find “Use Side Switch to:” then select Lock Rotation or Mute.

iPad's side switch

If Mute is selected, the switch on the side of the iPad will mute system sounds. If you choose Lock Screen Rotation, then the switch locks the screen. If you have the side switch set to lock screen rotation then the system sound control can be modified in the task bar (Double tap the home button and swipe all the way to the right.). If you have the side switch set to mute system sound, again, screen rotation can be changed by double-clicking the Home button to display recently used apps and swipe all the way to the right.

Screen Rotation Lock button

Mute button


  1. Ana says

    Wow, I was trying to do others said. Just type to time in the botton scrow to left and so. But i never saw the unlock botton. After read your comment. I got right there.
    Tank you do much.

  2. Emma says

    I dont understand. When the sound work the rotation dont work and when the rotation work, the sounds dont work !!!!! But when i buy this ipad the sound and the rotation works at the same time …

  3. Semoy Piggott says

    I tried resetting my settings, and then doing everything else suggested on a lot of the websites. The only fix that worked for me is as follows : hold down the power button and “Home” button simultaneously until your screen goes blank. The apple icon will appear just like when your IPad is powered on. Wait for a fe seconds like usual to use the slide to turn it on. For those of you who don’t know what the “Home” button is its the round indented space at the bottom of your IPad with a white square in it. Hope this helps! :)

    • Brian says

      Still isn’t working. I get get the setting page to uncheck the screen locked check mark. This happened without my even checking the box. Just all of a sudden my screen locked after updating apple software.

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