About the iPad Side Switch

Learn about the two functions of the Side Switch on iPad: Orientation Lock and Mute.

Learn where the Side Switch is and what it does

These iPad models have a Side Switch on the upper right side of the device, above the volume buttons:

  • iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad (4th generation), iPad Air
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3

With iPad Air 2, use Control Center to lock the display orientation or mute the device.

You can set the Side Switch to lock the display orientation or mute certain sounds.

Orientation Lock

Orientation Lock keeps the display from switching between portrait and landscape mode. When you turn on Orientation Lock, you'll see   in the status bar.

Mute

When you mute your iPad, you won't hear these sounds:

  • Alerts
  • Notifications
  • Sound effects
  • Game audio

You'll still hear sound from your media, such as these:

  • Music
  • Podcasts
  • Movies
  • Videos
  • TV shows

Set the Side Switch

  1. Tap Settings > General.
  2. Under Use Side Switch To, select Lock Rotation or Mute.

Turn on Orientation Lock when the Side Switch is set to Mute

  1. Rotate iPad so the display is the way you want it.
  2. Swipe up along the bottom of the screen to display Control Center. You can do this from any screen, including the Lock screen.
  3. Tap the Orientation Lock button.
  4. The Orientation Lock button will appear highlighted when it's on:

Turn on Mute when the Side Switch is set to Orientation Lock

  1. Swipe up along the bottom of the screen to display Control Center. You can do this from any screen, including the Lock screen.
  2. Tap the Mute button.
  3. The Mute button will appear highlighted when it's on:

Get help with Orientation Lock

Your iPad display might not rotate when you rotate the device. Follow these steps to solve the issue.

  1. Some apps don't rotate the display when you rotate your iPad, so see if you can rotate the display from the Home screen (press the Home button to get to the Home screen).
  2. If you see   in the status bar, Orientation Lock is on, and your device won't rotate. If it's on, turn it off.
  3. To make sure the switch is set where you want it, turn the Side Switch on and then off again.
  4. If Orientation Lock is off and you're still unable to rotate the iPad display, restart your iPad.
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