The iPhone screen will typically rotate based on how you are holding it. However, it can be locked to portrait orientation, which will cause a lock icon to appear at the top of the screen. If you need to use your iPhone in landscape mode, then that lock icon will prevent you from doing do.
Fortunately screen rotation is an option that you can control on your iPhone 6. Our guide below will show you how to find the menu that contains the orientation lock so that you can turn it on or off as needed.
Why Isn’t the Screen Rotating on My iPhone 6?
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, in iOS 9.2. These steps will work for other iPhone models running at least iOS 7. We are going to be using a menu called the Control Center, which contains other helpful features, such as the flashlight.
Here is why your iPhone 6 screen isn’t rotating –
- Navigate to your iPhone’s Home screen.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the lock button at the top-right corner of the Control Center to toggle it on or off.
These steps are repeated below with pictures –
Step 1: Navigate to one of the Home screens on your iPhone. These are the screens that display the icons for your device’s apps.
Step 2: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open the Control Center.
Step 3: Tap the lock button at the top-right corner of the Control Center. The screen rotation is locked when that button is white, and is unlocked when it is gray. The screen rotation is unlocked in the picture below, which means that the screen will rotate when I hold it in the landscape orientation.
There are some other elements of the iPhone screen that you can adjust as well, including the amount of time that the iPhone will stay on before it locks. Find out more about the iPhone screen’s auto-lock feature so that you can adjust it to fit your own usage of the device.
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