Last updated: March 20, 2019
Looking at your phone while lying in bed is a great way to wind down at the end of the day. You can catch up on the news of the day, interact with friends and family on social media, or even read a book.
But it can be annoying to lay on your side and have the screen keep rotating depending on how you are holding the device. This can lead you to lie in a position that is awkward or uncomfortable. Fortunately you can turn on a portrait orientation lock on your iPhone that will prevent the screen from rotating.
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How to Stop Screen Rotation on iPhone 7 – Quick Summary
- Swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
- Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button.
Continue to the section below for additional information, as well as pictures for each step.
How to Stop Screen Rotation on an iPhone 7
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus, in iOS 10.3.3. These same steps will work for other iPhone models that are using the same version of the operating system. Note that some apps will only function in landscape orientation, and will therefore be unaffected by this setting. However, for apps like Mail, Messages, Safari and other default iPhone apps, following the steps below will lock the phone into the portrait orientation, regardless of how you are actually holding it.
Step 1: Swipe up from the bottom of your Home screen to open the Control Center.
Step 2: Touch the padlock button at the top-right corner of this menu. When the portrait orientation is active there will be a lock icon at the top of your iPhone’s screen, in the status bar.
If you wish to turn off the portrait orientation lock later so that you can rotate your screen, then simply follow these same steps again.
The Control Center contains a number of really helpful settings and tools for your iPhone. You can even set up your iPhone so the Control Center is accessible from the lock screen. This makes it even easier to use things like your flashlight or the calculator without even needing to unlock the device.