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1.12 iPhone Won't Rotate

Why Won't iPhone Screen Rotate and How to Fix

iPhone screen won't rotate? How to fix?

Summary: This post explains to you why iPhone screen won't rotate sometimes and all the possible solutions for iPhone won't rotate issue. If you are going through such problem, read on and learn how to fix.

"My iPhone 5s occasionally refused to rotate screen. This normally happens when I watched videos or use Photos. When I turned my iPhone sideways before, the screen would rotate into landscape mode. But now it doesn't. Does anybody know why my iPhone screen won't rotate? What should I do to fix it?" – From Apple Communities

As great-to-use as your iPhone is, there are some bugs that bother people. iPhone screen rotation issue, for example, is a common complaint we received from Apple users. Every once in a while, an iOS device or app will get stuck in the wrong orientation, unresponsive to rotate the device and it either stays in portrait or horizontal mode, despite every effort to rotate the device any which direction. You may wonder: why won't my iPhone rotate? And how to resolve iPhone screen won't rotate issue? In order to help you with this question, we have collected all useful information you need. Continue to read and find the answers.

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Part 1. Best way to fix iPhone won't rotate with iOS System Recovery

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Step 1 Launch iOS System Recovery

Launch the iPhone fix tool on your computer and connect your iPhone to it with USB cable. Choose iOS System Recovery option, then you will see the "iPhone System Recovery" window.

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Fix iPhone won't rotate - Step 1

Step 2 Start to fix iPhone screen won't rotate

iOS System Recovery will automatically detects "iPhone screen won't rotate" issue. Click "Start" button to begin to fix iPhone won't rotate. Firstly, follow the instructions below to put iPhone into Recovery or DFU mode.

Led iPhone into DFU
My iPhone screen won't rotate - Step 2

Step 3 Download firmware package

Select the right iPhone model and then click "Download" to download the repaired device plug-in. It will take a few minutes to complete the downloading.

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How to fix iPhone won't rotate - Step 3

Step 4 Fix iPhone won't rotate

When the plug-in download is finished, iOS System Recovery will automatically restart your iPhone. After that, you can rotate iPhone normally.

Fix iPhone Frozen
Fix iPhone 7/6s/6/5s/5 wont rotate - Step 4

Part 2. Regular ways to fix iPhone won't rotate issue

Solution 1. Disable Portrait Orientation Lock

One of the most common mistakes for "iPhone won't rotate" issue is not checking the screen rotation status on the device. There are lots of users who keep the screen rotation locked as their preference. Though, after a while, they simply forget to check the screen lock status of their device. Obviously, if the Portrait Orientation Lock is on, then the screen won't rotate.

To disable the Portrait Orientation Mode, simply swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen and you'll open Control Center. From the control center, tap Portrait Orientation Lock on the upper-right corner and make it turn off. If you have an iPad with a Side Switch and don't see the Rotation Lock icon in Control Center, make sure that the Side Switch is off.

After this, go back to where you start, and try to rotate iPhone screen to see if the problem is solved.

Disable Portrait Orientation Lock
Why won't my iPhone screen rotate - Disable Portrait Orientation Lock

Solution 2. Turn off Display Zoom settings

Some users turn on Display Zoom feature to enhance the overall visibility of apps on their device's home screen, as the icon size would increase and the padding between icons would reduce. However, with Display Zoom turned on, it might affect the natural rotation of your iPhone screen. Therefore, try to turn Display Zoom and see if it can fix iPhone won't rotate.

Go to "Settings" > "Display & Brightness", tap "View" under "Display Zoom", then select Standard mode.

Change Display Zoom Settings
My iPhone screen won't rotate - Change Display Zoom settings

Solution 3. Force restart the application or iPhone

Sometimes, it's the application itself that is not responding when you want to rotate iPhone screen. If your find iPhone won't rotate only when you open a specific app, then this is the most likely reason. In this case, force close the application might help.

Double tap the Home button to bring up the multi-task tray, locate the app you want to quit, swipe up on the app's preview to force close. Restart the app to see if it works now. What's more, you can also try to restart iPhone to get a fresh start.

iPhone Frozen on App
iPhone app won't rotate - Force close app

Solution 4. Update iOS system

There are possibilities that iOS system gets a bug that stops iPhone from rotating. Back in iOS 8.0.2, Apple has admitted that the iPhone screen stopped rotating because there was a bug. This has been fixed in iOS 8.1 (and the newer version). So, when your iPhone won't rotate, see if any iOS update is available and install that update.

Update iOS Software
iPhone screen won't rotate - Update iOS system

Solution 5. iPhone still won't rotate: hardware problem

Still not able to resolve the iPhone screen won't rotate problem after following all the above-mentioned solutions, then chances are that there could be a hardware-related issue with your device. Screen rotation on iPhone is associated with the accelerometers, which are devices used to measure acceleration in smartphones, they can detect changes in orientation and instructs the screen to rotate or switch between up from down and vice versa.

When such hardware got issues, there is no way you can fix it on your own. We suggest you to take your iPhone to an authorized Apple store for help.

Part 3. Why won't my iPhone screen rotate

After we find the right solution to fix the screen rotation issue on iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/5s/5/4, it is also necessary for us to learn why iPhone won't rotate. Generally speaking, display issues in iPhone are either due to hardware damage or software glitches. When your iPhone screen won't rotate, the possible causes lie as follows.

1. Incorrect settings configuration: It is inevitable to make mistakes when you change the default settings, especially for people who don't actually know what the settings are for. And as a result of these errors, iPhone or certain apps may not be able to function as intended. "iPhone screen won't rotate" can come with such case.

2. Application bugs: An app's behavior is sometimes affected by some bugs and corrupted contents that would trigger it to randomly malfunction, like won't rotate screen.

3. Software updates: For people who don't get used to update their iPhone as soon as possible, chances are that iPhone screen gets glitches with old version iOS.

4. Faulty hardware: In worst cases, the main cause lies within the hardware or physical components which might have been damaged from a drop or liquid exposure.

In this article, we mainly introduce you all possible methods you can use to fix iPhone screen won't rotate. Still have more questions? Feel free to leave your comments down below.

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January 16, 2019 12:30 / Updated by to iPhone Troubleshooting