How to enable landscape mode when broadcasting Facebook Live on iPhone 8 Plus

Following its rivals, YouTube and Periscope, Facebook now allows broadcasting live events in landscape mode. If you have an iPhone 8 Plus and want to know how to use Facebook Live in landscape mode, then check out an easy trick to do it below.

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Problem: How to enable landscape mode when broadcasting Facebook Live on iPhone 8 Plus

I am attempting to do Facebook Live with my iPhone 8 Plus and having a challenge with being able to have my videos show right side up (I am sideways).  I have searched for a solution and it seems like you can set the phone to landscape while in Facebook before you start the live video and that should work.  However, I cannot get to any setting that will allow me to do this. I have the lock off for portrait, I have the Standard, not the Zoom for display yet I cannot seem to make FB go landscape. Do you have any thoughts on this?  Thank you.

Solution:  Facebook has already rolled out a patch to allow landscape mode to work while broadcasting on Facebook Live a couple years back, if we’re not mistaken. While there’s no in-app setting to set Facebook Live orientation to landscape, there’s an easy trick to do just that. Here’s how:

  1. Before you open Facebook app, make sure that your iPhone 8 Plus is already set to landscape orientation. Again, you want to put your iPhone to landscape mode before opening the app.
  2. Open Facebook app.
  3. Hit the Facebook Live button and start your broadcast.

Once you’ve started your Facebook Live broadcast, you won’t be able to change the orientation to a different one. You must stop the current task so you can switch to portrait mode again.


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