iPhone, iPad or iPod screen will not rotate, fix

One of the t features of the iOS devices is the ability for the screen to rotate as you turn the device. Your device will show the screen in landscape mode when you hold it in landscape orientation (horizantally), and rotate to portrait  (vertically) as you turn the device. If you iPhone, iPad or iPod touch screen does not rotate as expected, and may appear to be stuck, it can be frustrating. Here is how  you can resolve this issue if your device display stop rotating:

  • Make sure that screen rotation lock is off. If you see lock symbol in the iPad’s status bar, then your device is set to lock rotation. To unlock this, double click your home button, swipe from left to right along the bottom of the screen and tap the Screen Rotation Lock button.

screen rotate symbol

screen rotate lock and unlock

  • If you are still having this problem, simply restart your device by  by holding the On/Off button until “slide to power off” appears. Turn off your device. Then, press the On/Off button to turn it back on.

Notes: Some apps may use only portrait or landscape mode because not all apps are designed to rotate and only support one mode.



  1. Jim Ross says

    I cannot find anything remotely like a rotation lock on my iPhone 4S, even though I double pushed on my home button and attempted to swipe from left to right. Is this for iPad only? I thought it was some non-apple apps which didn’t have rotation in them

    • Jim Ross says

      Sorry! I was so delighted to “find” a solution, I didn’t read the last bit. That should teach me!

  2. Margaret says

    The above answer will not work to the unlock rotate button to unlock The icon to that shows in the lower left of screen after I hit the button twice
    and slide from left to right is the Sound button. There is no lock button. Pls help!

    • Jerry says

      i was having the same problem. in your lock screen simply swipe up to bring up your control center, i.e. flashlight, calculator etc. when you do, the orientation lock will be on the top right corner. simply turn it off.

  3. Chris says

    I have tried all the above. Screen lock shows it is OFF. Have tried soft and hard reboots. Still frozen vertically. Any other ideas??

  4. DONDOR says

    Mine is stuck on verticle as well. I am not seeing any lock icon.
    Re start is not working either.

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