How to Stop the iPhone 6 Plus Screen from Rotating

Last updated: March 15, 2019

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 iPhone Screen from Rotating – Quick Summary

  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

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

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

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 Coontrol 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.

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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