How to lock screen orientation on iPad

Your iPad comes with an accelerometer built-in, which allows for the display to shift from portrait to landscape when you rotate it. During every day use, this is perfect for view photos, surfing the web and other activities that lend themselves to rotating between the different views. Having said that, there are times when it can be a bit unruly. As you rotate to landscape, it goes to portrait and vice versa. Holding your iPad parallel to a wall will help corral any of these issues, but there is also the option to keep the screen in one position. Read on for our guide on how to lock screen orientation on iPad in iOS 6, iOS 5 and iOS 4.2.

Two Ways To Lock Screen Using iOS 6

In iOS 6, there are two ways to lock your screen and here’s how:

Use Side Switch

    1. Navigate to Settings > General.
    2. Check the box next to Use Side Switch to: Lock Rotation
    3. Rotate your iPad to either portrait or landscape. Slide the switch down (typically known as mute). You should see a lock screen appear briefly. Your iPad’s screen orientation is now locked.

lock screen orientation iPad

Tip: The offshoot of this method is that you won’t be able to mute your iPad using this switch. You’ve now changed it’s function to lock orientation. If you utilize the mute switch, don’t worry, the second method allows you to keep this functionality while locking orientation.

When you use the side switch, for a brief moment, you’ll see an icon appear in the center of your screen which shows the status of your orientation lock.

Orientation lock notification

Use the multi-tasking bar (Lock screen in iOS 4.2)
In order to use this method, you’ll need to look at the above directions and have the side switch set to control mute.

        1. Double click on the home button.
        2. Rotate your iPad to either portrait or landscape. Swipe your finger right.
        3. Tap on the screen rotation lock icon (circular icon with arrow). Your iPad’s screen rotation is now locked.

screen lock iPad

The above tips work with other iOS devices including the iPhone and iPod touch. If you plan to watch a movie, get your game on or even getting in some productivity, these are all great uses for locking screen orientation on your iPad.

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Christopher Meinck is the Founder and Editorial Director at everythingiCafe. You can also find him co-hosting on everythingiCafe :the show. His smartphone obsession started with the Handspring Treo 180. While the phones have changed, the obsession continues. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.

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