Why Can’t I Lock the iPad Screen Rotation from the Control Center?

There is a special menu on your iPad that you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen.

This is called the Control Center, and it offers several buttons that allow you to access helpful features and change certain settings.

One of these buttons can either mute your iPad or it can lock your screen rotation. The option that is available in the Control Center depends on another, seemingly unrelated, setting.

Our tutorial below will help you find and adjust this setting so that you have a button in the Control Center that will lock your screen orientation.

You can use the orientation lock option on an iPhone, too, by following the steps in our portrait orientation lock iPhone guide.

Changing the Side Switch Setting on an iPad

The steps in this article were performed using an iPad 2, in iOS 8.3. These same steps will work for other iPad models running iOS 7 or higher.

Note that the button in the Control Center and the switch on the side of the iPad will alternate in regards to their function, based on the option that you choose in the steps below. For example, your iPad Control Center probably looks like the image below if you are unable to lock the screen rotation from the Control Center.

mute button in control center

In this case, you can lock your screen rotation using the switch on the right side of the iPad. Our guide below will show you how to change the side switch option so that it instead mutes the iPad, and so that you can lock the screen rotation from the Control Center.

Step 1: Open the Settings menu.

ipad settings menu

Step 2: Select the General option at the left side of the screen.

open the general menu

Step 3: Tap the Mute option in the Use Side Switch To section.

set the side switch option

Now when you swipe up from the bottom of the screen to display the Control Center there will be a button that allows you to lock the screen rotation.

tap the lock rotation button

Now that you know how to use the button in the Control Center to lock the rotation on your iPad, you can stop the screen from rotating when you turn it.

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