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How To Fix iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs Won’t Rotate Problem And Gyro Stopped Working

The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr devices work quite well. Though, just like with all the other top smartphones on the market, sometimes, things can go wrong. Assuming that, one day, you turn it on and, as you surf the web, you notice that it no longer adjusts the display when you turn it from vertical to horizontal or the other way around… What’s your first thought?

Intuitively, you go to the quick settings menu to find the screen rotation icon and make sure it hasn’t been deactivated. You might even tap on it once, to change its status, and then for the second time, to bring it back to the original status. If nothing works in between these two options, what do you do?


Our advice would be to turn on the camera app. We know, it’s strange and you don’t see how this can fix the Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone Xr iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xs won’t rotate problem. Truth to be told, this won’t actually fix the problem. But it will help you get to the bottom of it easier, by confirming a potential problem. More often than not, when the screen won’t rotate despite the screen rotation feature being active, the gyro stopped working. And if you turn on the camera app, which also uses the gyroscope, you’ll be able to convince yourself of that.

The problem of iPhone 8, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max screen won’t rotate coupled with the camera app displaying everything upside down is a classic diagnosis for your problem. Don’t rush with initiating that controversial hard reset for the time being…


How to fix the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr and iPhone Xs screen won’t rotate and gyro stopped working?

  1. The cause is almost confirmed but doing a self-test will eliminate any doubt. Launch the Phone app and type *#0*#, something that should automatically redirect you to the Service Mode Screen. That’s something you cannot miss and, just the same, you cannot help but notice in case it’s not working. As a matter of fact, it is possible not to work if your wireless carrier denies you the access to this mode. So, just in case you cannot run that self-test…
  2. Consider what it takes to bring the iPhone to its factory defaults. If you’ve never heard of it, you can read this guide and, hopefully, it will all be clearer to you. And in the event that you are having second doubts, give the service provider a call. It’s not very likely, but they might have a solution to suggest you. It is certainly worth the try if it has even the slightest chance to spare you from the reset.


Two things that you shouldn’t do in this particular situation are: to hit the device hoping that it will come back to work as it should and to avoid the hard reset when it’s clear that nothing else will help you! Go on, back up the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max and iPhone Xr data and restore it!

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