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How to Lock Your iPhone in Landscape Mode

iPhone rotation lock for landscapeThere is no straightforward way to lock your iPhone screen rotation in landscape mode, but here’s a hidden trick that allows you to do so. The regular iPhone rotation lock feature only works for portrait (vertical) screens and is useless if you plan on using the iPhone in landscape mode for an extended period of time. Check out our tutorial on the subject matter below.

Settings > General > Accessibility > Shortcut > AssistiveTouch

We will be using the so-called AssistiveTouch feature, which is meant to enhance the user experience of physically impaired users. Often times, the accessibility features in iOS are great for extending the functionality beyond what the “Settings” app offers in general.

How to set up the shortcut for easy access

Go to “General” in your settings, then tap “Accessibility” and select the “Shortcut” settings page. Then enable “AssistiveTouch” as one of your shortcuts. We will explain what this does in a minute. The reason for setting this up as a shortcut is that we can easily toggle its visibility and not have the menu clutter our interface all of the time.

how to enable assistivetouch as a shortcut

How to enable AssistiveTouch on iPhone

The AssistiveTouch feature is triggered by triple-pressing the Home Button anywhere in iOS and shows up as a tiny box which you can move around the screen. It is typically used to bridge a gap for users who are not physically able to use the touchscreen to a full extent. Tap the little box to make the menu appear.

How to lock your iPhone’s screen orientation to landscape

Now select “Device” from the menu, then press “Rotate Screen” and select the preferred landscape orientation. You have the option to choose either left or right, which will determine where your Home Button and speakers are.

how to rotate the iPhone screen using assistive touch

Your iPhone will now stay in landscape mode for as long as you are using it, to return to the regular mode simply re-invoke the AssistiveTouch menu by triple-pressing the Home Button and change the orientation to your liking.