Your iPhone 5 is generally pretty good at determining which orientation you want to be using based on how you are holding your phone. But occasionally it gets that orientation wrong, which can make for a frustrating user experience.
One particular time when I find that I have issues with proper orientation is when I’m laying down, or am on my side. In situations like this it is very helpful that you have the option to lock your phone in the portrait orientation, which will prevent it from rotating if your phone rotates. So continue below to see how you can lock your iPhone 5 into the portrait orientation in iOS 7.
Locking the Portrait Orientation on Your iPhone 5 in iOS 7
Note that you can only lock your phone in the portrait orientation. There are many locations and apps on your phone that cannot be displayed in landscape orientation at all, so would therefore be impossible to lock in that manner. Additionally, some apps, particularly video and game apps, will also ignore this orientation lock as well. So, for example, even if you have set the portrait orientation lock, Netflix will still continue to display videos in the landscape orientation.
Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom border of your phone, which will bring up your Control Panel.
Step 2: Touch the Orientation Lock icon at the top-right corner of this Control Panel menu.
You will know that your phone is locked to the portrait orientation when you see the lock icon outlined in the image below.
Simply follow the first two steps to return to the Control Panel when you want to remove the orientation lock.
This Control Panel provides quick access to many of the more useful utilities in iOS 7. For example, read this article to learn how to use the flashlight on your iPhone 5 in iOS 7.
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