How to Disable Portrait Orientation Lock on an iPhone 6

We have written before about different ways that your iPhone can be locked, and one of the options discussed involves the orientation of your screen. I find that I often enable portrait orientation lock if I am lying down and want to read something on my iPhone, but the screen keeps rotating as I move my iPhone. This can be annoying, so having the ability to lock the iPhone into portrait mode makes it easier to use.

But the portrait orientation lock can be a problem at times, so you may find that you need to disable it. However, if you did not enable it yourself, or it was somehow enabled by accident, then you may be having trouble locating the setting. Our guide below will show you how to open the Control Center and disable the portrait orientation lock on your iPhone.

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.3. These steps will work for other iPhone models using iOS 7 or higher. Note that some apps will remain locked in portrait orientation, regardless of whether or not portrait orientation lock is enabled or disabled.


Here is how to turn off the portrait orientation lock on an iPhone 6 –

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the Home screen. This is going to bring up a gray menu called the Control Center.
  2. Tap the lock icon at the top-right corner of the Control Center.

These steps are repeated below with pictures –

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen.

swipe up from bottom of screen



Step 2: Tap the circular lock icon at the top-right corner of this gray menu. Portrait orientation lock is turned off when that button is gray. It is turned off in the picture below.

disable portrait orientation lock on iphone 6



As mentioned earlier, you can tell that the portrait orientation lock is enabled when you see a lock icon in the status bar at the top of your screen. There are a number of other icons that can appear in that location as well, including a small arrow. Learn more about that little arrow icon on your iPhone and see where to determine which app is causing it to appear. newsletter

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