How to Lock and Unlock iPhone 13 Screen Rotation | Portrait Orientation Lock

Most of the time, the iPhone screen orientation will matter only if you’re streaming videos wherein you need to watch them with your iPhone sideways to maximize the quality of the video.

Some iOS device owners seem to have issues with their iPhones because they either get stuck on Portrait mode or they automatically rotate the screen, which seems to annoy them.

By default, the screen orientation lock on your iPhone 13 is disabled. Meaning, the iPhone screen rotation will be triggered the moment you tilt your device sideways.

That, of course, depends on the app you’re using. Take note that many apps don’t auto-rotate no matter how many times you tilt your iPhone sideways.

What happens if iPhone 13 is locked on Portrait Mode?

Your iPhone’s native screen orientation is in Portrait Mode. So if you enable the screen rotation lock while the device is in portrait, it will not automatically rotate even if the app you’re using is capable of auto rotation.

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For instance, YouTube will automatically rotate and adjust the size of the video to fit the screen of your iPhone when you turn it sideways. But if your iPhone 13 is locked on the Portrait Mode, the video will not rotate or becomes bigger even if your device is already turned sideways.

You only need to enable the Portrait lock if you seldom use your iPhone in landscape or if you find it rather annoying that the screen automatically rotates.

What happens if iPhone 13 is locked on Landscape Mode?

Landscape mode is not your iPhone’s native screen orientation, thus it will still rotate back to portrait if the screen or the app you’re using doesn’t support the former orientation.

For instance, you can never change the screen orientation of iPhone home screen or lock screen. So even if you enabled the landscape mode, it will still revert to its native orientation once you visit those screens.

Another example is the Settings app; the screen will rotate when you tilt your iPhone while it’s open but once you lock it in landscape, it will revert back to portrait.

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However, for apps that offer video streaming services like YouTube and Netflix, you can lock them in landscape so that the screen won’t rotate while you’re watching even if you position your iPhone 13 upright.

How to lock your iPhone in landscape mode?

Step 1: Open the app you want to use and find the video you want to stream.
Step 2: Once the video plays, tilt your iPhone sideways so that the video will automatically rotate as well.
Step 3: Pull the Control Center down.
Step 4: Tap the rotation lock icon.

How to Lock and Unlock Screen Rotation on iPhone 13

Whether you want to lock your iPhone screen in portrait or landscape, it’s all up to you. Perhaps you may have already known how to do it because it’s pretty easy to do.

However, for new iPhone users who are still learning the ins and outs of their devices, this simple tutorial might be helpful. So here’s how you enable or disable the screen rotation on your iPhone:

Step 1: Pull down or access Control Center.
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Accessing Control Center can be done by swiping down from the top-right corner of the screen. In some iPhone models, you will have to swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone display.

Step 2: Tap the Screen Orientation lock icon.
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If disabled, the icon is white and it’s the default setting. However, if it’s enabled, the icon turns red. So if you a screen rotation issue, try to see first if the lock is enabled or disabled.

Troubleshooting Screen Rotation Issues

Some users reported having encountered issues while reading or streaming videos. You have to remember that if you’re using an app and you enabled the lock, it means that the screen will stay in the orientation your iPhone is in when you enabled it.

So if the screen just won’t rotate the way you want it, try enabling or disabling the iPhone screen rotation lock and see if your device works the way it should. If not, then you should try doing forced restart to refresh the memory. Here’s how you do the forced restart on iPhone 13:

Step 1: Press and quickly release the Volume Up and then Volume Down rocker.

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Step 2: Immediately after that, press and hold the Power key for 10 seconds or until your iPhone powers down.

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Step 3: When the Apple logo shows on the screen, release the Power button and allow your device to continue the boot process.

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After the reboot, try to see if the screen orientation issue is fixed.

If that doesn’t fix the problem, then you should try resetting the settings of your iPhone 13. Doing so will bring all the configuration back to their default values.

However, don’t worry as none of your files and data will be deleted. The settings reset is among the most effective solutions to minor issues you may encounter every now and then.

We hope that this simple tutorial can help you one way or the other.