Rotate the screen on your iPhone or iPod touch

The screen on your iPhone and iPod touch can rotate so that you can see apps — like Safari and Messages — in portrait or landscape mode. Learn how to rotate the screen on your iPhone or iPod touch, or get help if the feature doesn't work.

Some apps don't support rotation, so your screen might not rotate even if Portrait Orientation Lock isn't turned on.

Rotate the screen on an iPhone without a Home button

  1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open Control Center.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button  to make sure that it's off.
  3. Turn your iPhone sideways.

If the screen still doesn't rotate, try a different app — like Safari or Messages — which are known to work in landscape mode.

Learn how to rotate the screen on your iPad.

Rotate the screen on an iPhone or iPod touch with a Home button

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of your screen to open Contol Center.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button  to make sure that it's off.
  3. Turn your iPhone or iPod touch sideways. 

If the screen still won't rotate, try another app — like Safari or Messages — which are known to work in landscape mode.

Still need help?

Contact Apple Support about your iPhone or iPod touch.

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