iOS 17: How to Enable or Disable Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

Ever been annoyed when your iPhone screen flips to landscape mode while you’re trying to read in bed? Worry not, because iOS 17 makes it easy to lock your iPhone in portrait orientation. Just swipe into your Control Center and tap the lock icon – boom, no more unwanted screen rotations.

You can also watch this video about how to enable or disable portrait orientation lock on iPhone for more on this subject.

How to Enable or Disable Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

Before we dive into the steps, let’s talk about why you’d want to lock your iPhone’s screen orientation. Maybe you’re lounging on the couch and don’t want your screen flipping around, or you’re reading a recipe while cooking and need the screen to stay put. Locking the orientation keeps your screen just the way you like it.

Step 1: Access the Control Center

Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open the Control Center.
This is where you can quickly toggle settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and, yes, portrait orientation lock.

Step 2: Locate the Portrait Orientation Lock Icon

Look for the icon that looks like a lock with an arrow around it.
This little guy is the key to keeping your screen locked in portrait mode.

Step 3: Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock Icon

Tap the icon to enable or disable the lock.
When the icon is highlighted, the lock is enabled. If it’s not highlighted, the lock is disabled, and your screen can rotate freely.

After you’ve tapped the icon, you’ll see a message at the top of the screen indicating that portrait orientation lock is enabled or disabled. Now, you can read, browse, or play games without the screen flipping on you.

Tips for Using Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

  • Remember that some apps override the lock and will still rotate. This is usually for a good reason, like watching a video in full-screen mode.
  • If you’re using an app in landscape mode and enable the lock, the app will stay in landscape until you disable the lock.
  • You can also lock your screen orientation in landscape mode by turning your iPhone sideways before enabling the lock.
  • If the Control Center isn’t swiping down, make sure you’re starting from the very top-right corner of the screen.
  • If you accidentally enable the lock, it’s just as easy to disable – just tap the icon again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Portrait Orientation Lock?

Portrait orientation lock is a setting that prevents your iPhone screen from rotating when you turn your device.

Can I still use my iPhone in landscape mode with the lock enabled?

Yes, but only in apps that override the lock, like when watching a video.

How do I know if Portrait Orientation Lock is enabled?

Look for the lock icon in the Control Center; if it’s highlighted, the lock is on.

Will enabling the lock affect my battery life?

No, enabling or disabling the lock has no significant effect on battery life.

What if the Portrait Orientation Lock isn’t working?

Make sure the Control Center is enabled in your iPhone’s settings and that you’re swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen.


  1. Access the Control Center
  2. Locate the Portrait Orientation Lock Icon
  3. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock Icon


No more involuntary screen flips! With iOS 17, you now have the power to control your iPhone’s screen orientation with just a few taps. Whether you’re an avid reader, a casual browser, or a hardcore gamer, portrait orientation lock is a handy feature that enhances your mobile experience.

Remember, the Control Center is your command station for this feature, so make sure you’re familiar with how to access it quickly. And don’t forget, this is just one of the many intuitive features iOS 17 offers to make your iPhone usage more convenient and personalized. So go ahead, lock that screen, and enjoy your content just the way you want it.