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Fed up of your screen orientation changing?

Fed up of your screen orientation changing?

Are you fed up of your screen changing orientation? Then follow our simple guide on how to lock your screen orientation. Its easy once you know how!

One of the iPad's handiest features is the way its screen orientation adjusts from portrait to landscape - or vice versa - depending on which position it's being held in. However, it's not hard to see how this could become a bit of an annoyance in certain situations. For example, if you're trying to pass your iPad to someone to show them a document or a video, for instance, the shifting screen layout can soon start to get a bit irritating. Fortunately, it's relatively simple to lock your iPad's screen orientation. Here's how:


  • If you want to use the lock orientation feature occasionally rather than adjusting your settings, you can simply use the Lock Rotation button. It isn't hard to find - just double-tap the Home button, then swipe from left to right until you see the Lock Rotation icon.


  • Hit the Lock Rotation icon and you should see the icon change to include a padlock. The words "Portrait orientation locked" or "landscape orientation locked" will then appear on your screen depending on which screen orientation you want to leave in place. You can release the lock simply by tapping the Lock Rotation icon again.


  • Alternatively, you can adjust your iPad's settings so that you can use the side switch - the default use of which is to mute the device - to lock the screen orientation.


  • Tap the settings app, then select General. Under the heading "Use side switch to:", you should see the Lock Rotation option. Select this option.


  • Once you've done that, you should be able to lock your iPad's screen orientation simply by flicking the side switch down.


The ipad Lock Rotation button on the side of the device also acts as the Mute button when not selected to lock the screens orientation.