iOS 17: How to Enable/Disable Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

Have you ever been lying down, scrolling through your iPhone, only for the screen to suddenly flip sideways? Annoying, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know that there’s an easy fix for that – the Portrait Orientation Lock. In iOS 17, enabling or disabling this feature is a breeze. Let’s dive in and learn how to keep your screen exactly where you want it.

You can also watch this video about how to enable or disable portrait orientation lock on iPhone for additional information.

Step by Step Tutorial: Enabling or Disabling Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

Portrait Orientation Lock is a handy feature that prevents your iPhone screen from rotating when you move your device. It’s perfect for reading in bed or playing games that don’t require screen rotation. Let’s go through how to turn it on or off.

Step 1: Swipe Down from the Top-Right Corner of Your Screen

Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open the Control Center. This is where you can access various settings quickly.

The Control Center is like a toolbox for your iPhone. It’s where you can adjust brightness, volume, and, most importantly for us, the screen orientation.

Step 2: Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock Icon

Look for the lock icon with an arrow around it. This is the Portrait Orientation Lock button. Give it a tap to either lock or unlock your screen orientation.

When the lock icon is highlighted, it means that the Portrait Orientation Lock is active, and your screen won’t rotate. If it’s not highlighted, your screen is free to rotate with the movement of your device.

After you enable or disable the Portrait Orientation Lock, your iPhone will remain in its current screen orientation until you change the setting again. So, if you’re snuggled up in bed, you can read without the screen flipping on you.

Tips: Mastering the Portrait Orientation Lock on iPhone

  • Even with Portrait Orientation Lock enabled, some apps may still rotate. These apps are designed to override the lock.
  • If you can’t find the Portrait Orientation Lock icon, make sure it’s included in your Control Center by checking your iPhone’s settings.
  • Remember that enabling this lock won’t affect your home screen; it’ll still rotate if your iPhone model supports that feature.
  • Disabling Portrait Orientation Lock can be useful for watching videos or using apps that work best in landscape mode.
  • If your screen isn’t rotating when you want it to, check if Portrait Orientation Lock is accidentally enabled.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if the Portrait Orientation Lock icon is missing from my Control Center?

If the icon isn’t there, you can easily add it through the Settings app. Go to ‘Control Center’ and then customize your controls to include the Portrait Orientation Lock.

Will Portrait Orientation Lock affect my alarm or timer?

No, it only affects screen rotation. Your alarm and timer will work just as they always have.

Can I still take photos in landscape mode with the lock on?

Absolutely, the camera app will still rotate to landscape even with Portrait Orientation Lock enabled.

What should I do if my screen won’t rotate even when the lock is off?

First, try restarting your iPhone. If that doesn’t work, check your settings or contact Apple support for further assistance.

Does Portrait Orientation Lock save battery life?

It’s possible that it might save a small amount of battery since your phone won’t be constantly adjusting the screen orientation.


  1. Open Control Center by swiping down from the top-right corner.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock icon to enable or disable it.


Mastering the Portrait Orientation Lock on your iPhone can significantly enhance your user experience. Whether you’re reading, gaming, or watching your favorite shows, having control over your screen orientation is a game-changer. With the easy steps outlined in this article, you can say goodbye to unexpected screen rotations and enjoy your iPhone to its fullest potential.

Remember, the Control Center is your friend for quick adjustments, and customization is always an option if you can’t find what you’re looking for. Keep our tips in mind, and you’ll be a Portrait Orientation Lock pro in no time. And if you ever run into trouble, our FAQ section has got your back. Happy scrolling, and enjoy your perfectly locked or unlocked screen – just the way you like it with iOS 17.

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