How to Rotate iPhone Screen

Charlotte Daniels

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How to Rotate iPhone Screen

Is your iPhone screen stuck in portrait mode and you’re wondering how to rotate it? Look no further! In this tutorial, we’ll guide you through the simple steps to rotate your iPhone screen.

Step 1: Check Screen Rotation Lock

The first thing you need to do is to check if the screen rotation lock is enabled. This feature locks the orientation of your iPhone screen in portrait mode, preventing it from rotating. To check if it’s enabled:

  • Tap on the Control Center: Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone (On older iPhones, swipe up from the bottom of the screen) to open the Control Center.
  • Look for the Rotation Lock icon: It looks like a padlock with an arrow around it. If this icon is highlighted or appears in a different color, it means that the rotation lock is enabled.
  • Disable Rotation Lock: Simply tap on the Rotation Lock icon once to disable it. You should see the icon grayed out or disappear completely.

If you don’t see the Rotation Lock icon in your Control Center, don’t worry! It might be hidden. Follow these steps to enable it:

  1. Go to Settings: Tap on the “Settings” app on your home screen.
  2. Scroll and find Display & Brightness: Scroll down and look for “Display & Brightness” option.
  3. Select Display & Brightness: Tap on “Display & Brightness” to open its settings.
  4. Enable Rotation Lock: Toggle the “Lock Portrait Orientation” option to enable it. The toggle should turn green or indicate that it’s enabled.

Step 2: Restart your iPhone

If disabling the rotation lock didn’t work, the next step is to restart your iPhone. This can help resolve any software glitches that might be causing the screen rotation issue. To restart your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold the Power button: Locate the Power button on your iPhone (typically found on the right side or top of the device) and press and hold it.
  2. Slide to power off: You’ll see a “slide to power off” option on your screen. Slide it from left to right to turn off your iPhone.
  3. Turn on your iPhone: After a few seconds, press and hold the Power button again until you see the Apple logo appear. Your iPhone will then boot up.

Step 3: Reset Settings (Optional)

If neither of the above steps worked, you can try resetting all settings on your iPhone. Keep in mind that this will reset all personalized settings back to their default values, so make sure to backup important data beforehand. To reset settings:

  1. Go to Settings: Open the “Settings” app on your home screen.
  2. Select General: Scroll down and tap on “General. “
  3. Tap Reset: At the bottom of the General menu, you’ll find “Reset.” Tap on it.
  4. Select Reset All Settings: Among the reset options, choose “Reset All Settings.”

    You may need to enter your passcode or Apple ID password to confirm.

  5. Confirm Reset: A warning message will appear. Confirm the reset by tapping “Reset All Settings. “

After the reset, your iPhone will restart, and you’ll need to set up your preferences again. Hopefully, this will fix the screen rotation issue on your iPhone.


In this tutorial, we’ve learned how to rotate an iPhone screen that’s stuck in portrait mode. We first checked if the rotation lock was enabled and disabled it if necessary.

If that didn’t work, we restarted the iPhone and, as a last resort, reset all settings. By following these steps, you should now be able to rotate your iPhone screen effortlessly.

Remember, troubleshooting software issues is always worth a try before seeking professional assistance or considering hardware problems. Good luck!

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