How to Turn Off the Auto Flip on My iPhone

Your iPhone is able to tell how you are holding it, and can decide how it thinks it should orient your screen. In most cases, the device is able to correctly evaluate how you wish to be holding it. But occasionally you may find that the auto-flipping from portrait to landscape orientation, or vice versa, is becoming an issue.

Luckily there is a setting on your device called Portrait Orientation Lock that will force the device to remain in portrait orientation. Once you have enabled this option by following our steps below, your device will no longer flip to landscape orientation when you turn it.

 

Stopping the iPhone Screen from Flipping

The steps in this article were performed using an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 8. These steps will also work in iOS 7, but devices that are running iOS 6 or lower will need to follow a different set of instructions. You can read the iOS 6 steps here.

Note that there is not a landscape orientation lock option on the device. It can only be locked in portrait mode.

 

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

swipe up to show the control center

 

 

Step 2: Tap the lock icon at the top-right corner of the Control Center. You will know that the setting is turned on when the icon is white, as in the image below, and when you can see a lock icon at the top of your screen.

turn on portrait orientation lock

 

 

If swiping up from the bottom of the screen does not bring up the Control Center as shown in the image above, then you might be trying to do it with an app open on the screen. Simply close that app so that your Home screen is displayed, then try swiping up from the bottom of the screen again.

There are a lot of other useful tools and settings that you can access from the Control Center, including a flashlight. Read here to find out how to quickly access the flashlight on your iPhone.

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