How to Enable or Disable iPhone 6 Rotating Screen

When I was previously using an iPhone 5, I found that most of my device usage was in the landscape orientation. It was difficult to type in portrait orientation, and reading Web pages was often difficult if the text was too small.

These problems are mostly gone, however, with the iPhone 6 Plus. The screen is big enough that typing in portrait orientation is much more comfortable, and I haven’t really had any issues with Web pages displaying at a resolution that is difficult to read. In fact, I have found that I use my iPhone 6 Plus in portrait orientation much more than I do in landscape.

It’s actually gotten to the point where my device rotating to landscape can become an annoyance, so I decided to lock my phone in portrait orientation. You can follow the steps below to learn how to do the same on yours.

How to Stop the iPhone 6 Plus Screen from Rotating

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button to turn it on.

We also show pictures of these steps in the next section. Additionally, you can find how to stop your iPhone screen from rotating in iOS versions prior to iOS 11 with the section at the bottom of this article.

How to Turn Off Screen Rotation on iPhone – iOS 12 (Guide with Pictures)

The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 12.1.4. The steps are very similar in iOS 12 compared to earlier versions of iOS, but you can continue to the next section of this article if you are using an older version of iOS and your menus look different.

Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open the Control Center.

swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Step 2: Tap the button with the lock symbol on it to enable portrait orientation lock.

how to stop the iphone screen from rotating

Old Method – How to Use Portrait Orientation Lock on the iPhone 6 Plus

The steps in this article were performed using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8.1.2. These same steps, however, will work on iPhones using the iOS 7 operating system and above.

Note that portrait orientation lock does not affect things that default to landscape orientation, such as watching movies in the Netflix app, or playing certain games.

Step 1: Press the Home button under your screen to display your iPhone’s Home screen.

return to the Home screen

Step 2: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center.

swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Step 3: Press the Portrait Orientation Lock button at the top-right corner of the Control Center.

touch the portrait orientation lock button

Our tutorial continues below with more information on working with screen rotation on an iPhone.

Where Do I Find the Portrait Orientation Lock Button So I Can Rotate My iPhone Screen?

As we have shown in earlier sections in this article, the button that you need to use in order to be able to rotate your iPhone screen is called the “Portrait Orientation Lock” button.

You can find this setting on an iPhone, iPhone, or iPod Touch through the Control Center.

The method for getting to the Control Center will vary for the iPhone and iPod Touch depending on whether the device has a Home button.

For Apple devices with a Home button you will swipe up from the bottom of the screen. To disable screen rotation lock on a device without a Home screen you will swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen then tap the lock button.

When the button is white you won’t be able to rotate the screen, and the screen on your iPhone will be forced to stay in portrait mode. You will be able to put the device in landscape mode when the button is gray.

Note that not all apps support screen rotation. In cases like this the screen orientation will not be able to auto rotate, regardless of whether or not the rotation lock icon has been pressed. Some common app types that don’t support rotation are games or document editors, as they require the phone screen to stay in landscape or portrait mode and need to stop iPhone screen rotation from occurring.

More Information on How to Enable or Disable the iPhone 6 Rotating Screen

This will prevent your iPhone from rotating to landscape orientation if you adjust the way that you’re holding your phone. If you decide that you need to be able to switch from portrait orientation, then you will need to return to the Control Center and turn off the Portrait Orientation lock.

Note that a lock icon will be displayed at the top-right of your screen when the orientation is locked.

One particular item of note involves the display zoom setting. If you open the Settings app then select the Display & Brightness option you can scroll down to find a Display Zoom section. If you select Zoomed as the new zoom setting, then tap Set at the upper right corner you will no longer be able to switch between portrait or landscape mode, as the device will be locked into portrait mode.

This guide is focused specifically on using the Portrait Orientation Lock setting on an iPhone 6. As you saw in the steps above, this involves opening the Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. On newer iPhone models that don’t have a Home button you will open the Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen instead.

The Control Center includes a number of different controls and settings for your iPhone by default, but you can also customize the buttons that appear there. You can do this by going to Settings > Control Center > Customize Controls > then start adding or removing options. You can remove an option from the Control Center by tapping the red minus symbol next to it, or you can add something to the Control Center by tapping the green plus symbol next to it.

You can also adjust the order of items in the Control Center using the three horizontal lines to the right of that item.

Would you like all of the controls on your iPhone 6 Plus screen to be bigger? Learn how to change the display zoom on your device from standard to zoomed.

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