How to Rotate an iPod Touch Screen

by C. Taylor
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If your iPod Touch fails to rotate when you tilt the device on its side, you likely have the Screen Rotation Lock feature enabled. This feature locks the screen to prevent accidental rotation while lying on your bed or setting the iPod Touch on your desk. However, not all apps are designed to rotate, so if the lock is disabled, you may be using an app that's not compatible with screen rotation. Be sure to try other apps to verify the screen rotation problem is universal.

Step 1

Double-click the "Home" button to view the list of recently used apps.

Step 2

Slide the bottom list of recently viewed apps to the right until you see the Screen Rotation Lock icon. This icon displays a circular arrow that has a padlock in the center when screen rotation is locked.

Step 3

Tap the "Screen Rotation Lock" icon to disable the feature. The padlock disappears from the center of the icon.

Press the "Home" button to return to the main screen and launch an app that supports screen rotation, such as Safari or Notes. Turn the iPod Touch on its side to rotate the screen.


  • Information in this article applies to the fifth generation iPod Touch. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.


  • Rarely, you might need to restart the iPod Touch to regain screen rotation. Press and hold the "On/Off" button until a slider appears; slide it to power off the iPod Touch. Press "On/Off" again to restart the device.


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