How to Change an iPhone Orientation to Landscape Mode

by Aaron Wein
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The iPhone's display automatically adjusts depending on how you are holding the device. So if you have the iPhone positioned vertically, the screen orients into portrait mode and if you are holding it horizontally, the screen changes to landscape mode. If you want to prevent the screen from changing to portrait mode, you can lock the display's orientation. Likewise if you've accidentally locked the display in portrait mode, you can unlock the screen orientation and change it to landscape.

Step 1

Turn your iPhone horizontally so it automatically switches to landscape mode.

Step 2

Double-tap the "Home" key to call up a hidden options menu.

Step 3

Swipe the options menu to the left until you see an icon resembling a rounded arrow.

Tap the rounded arrow icon to lock the screen orientation in landscape mode.


  • If your screen is stuck in portrait view, you must unlock the screen orientation first before it will change to landscape mode.
  • If the screen orientation is locked, tapping the rounded arrow icon again unlocks it.


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  • Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Aaron Wein is a copy editor for Skagit Valley Publishing. He has been a writer and editor since 2004, contributing to Washington-based publications and clients such as the "Bellingham Herald," "Western Athletics," "GNAC Sports" and Microsoft. Wein obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism from Western Washington University.

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