How to Lock Your iPad 2 in Landscape Orientation

While Apple devices like the iPad and the iPhone are generally quite good about rotating themselves appropriately for how you are trying to use them, situations can arise where you need to lock the device into portrait or landscape orientation.

Newer iPad models have done away with this option, but older iPad models and iOS versions had an option where you could lock your iPad to the landscape orientation.

Our tutorial below will walk you through these steps.

How to Enable the iPad 2 Landscape Lock

  1. Press the Home button twice.
  2. Swipe to the right on the bottom bar.
  3. Turn the iPad ot the landscape orientation.
  4. Press the button with the circular arrow.

Our guide continues below with additional information on loving the iPad in landscape mode, including pictures of these steps.

The iPad is pretty adept at correctly orientating itself based on how it is being held.

But sometimes you will find that you want to force the iPad to remain in a certain orientation, regardless of how it is being held.

Luckily the iPad 2 has a feature that allows you to lock the orientation so that it remains in landscape mode no matter how you are holding it.

How to Force the iPad 2 to Remain in Landscape Orientation (Guide with Pictures)

It’s important to remember that you have done this, and how to undo it. It can be confusing when the iPad will not re-orientate itself, especially if multiple people use the device. So continue reading below to learn how to lock your iPad 2 in the landscape orientation.

Step 1: Double-tap the Home button at the bottom of the iPad to bring up this bar at the bottom of the screen.

double-tap the home button

Step 2: Swipe the bar once to the right to display this screen.

swipe your finger to the right

Step 3: Tilt the iPad 2 so that it is in the landscape orientation, then press the button with the arrow on it to lock the orientation.

tilt the ipad to the right

Step 4: Once you press the button, it will look like the image below.

how to lock the ipad in landscape orientation

Press the Home button again to exit this menu. You can unlock the screen orientation simply by following the steps above and pressing the orientation lock button again.

We have written about locking the screen orientation on the iPhone 5, although you can only lock it in portrait mode on that device.

If you’ve been thinking about getting another or a new iPad, consider the iPad Mini. Many people prefer the screen size, and it is much easier to hold with one hand.

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