Are you trying to rotate your iPad screen to view something, but the iPad refuses to switch from portrait orientation? This behavior occurs because the “Portrait Orientation Lock” has been enabled on your iPad. This feature is useful when you are reading something and do not want your iPad to rotate as you adjust your position, but it can be problematic when you actually want to view something in landscape orientation on the device.
Our guide below will show you where to find the portrait orientation lock so that you can disable it on your iPad and use it in landscape mode.
Turning Off Portrait Orientation Lock on an iPad in iOS 9
The steps below will assume that the portrait orientation lock is currently enabled on your iPad. However, it is possible that the device orientation is not locked, and that an app you are using is set up to only display in portrait orientation and will therefore never rotate, regardless of the orientation settings on the device. The simplest way to test this is to exit the app, then rotate the iPad while on the Home screen. If the portrait orientation lock is not enabled, then the screen should adjust to display the dock at the bottom of the screen.
Here is how to turn off the portrait orientation lock on your iPad in iOS 9 –
- Press the Home button under your screen to navigate to the Home screen.
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This will open the Control Center.
- Tap the Lock icon at the top of the Control Center to turn off portrait orientation lock.
These steps are also shown below with pictures –
Step 1: Press the Home button under your iPad screen to exit any apps and return to the Home screen.
Step 2: Swipe up from the bottom of the screen. This will open the Control Center.
Step 3: Tap the icon with a lock encircled by an arrow. Portrait orientation lock is turned off when this icon is gray, and it is turned on when the icon is white. If you see a bell instead of a lock, then the side switch function setting has been changed on your iPad. You can read here to learn how to adjust the side switch function so that you can disable orientation lock from the Control Center.
Is there a feature on your iPad that you can’t find, but would like to be able to use? It’s possible that the feature was introduced in an iOS version higher than the one that is currently on your iPad. Learn how to check for iOS updates on an iPad to see if there is one available for your device.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
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