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Apple iOS 11/iOS 12: Screen Rotation Not Working On iPhone And iPad

When the screen rotation of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 12 is stuck, you are stuck too. There are many web pages that you just can’t comfortably read on the vertical display. And your camera app will also display everything inverted, menus, image, whatever. You can’t keep using the phone or the tablet that way…

The good news is that there are several different ways you could act when the screen rotation is no longer working on your iPhone or iPad in iOS 12/iOS 11. We will show you below the most common ways our readers react to it, with the mention that you might have to end up doing a hard reset. If not even that one will work, consider a software bug problem. That one is usually solved by updating the device to the latest software version.


Gently jolt, seriously shake, or even hit your device with the back of the palm – NOT

We get it, you are extremely annoyed and you’re not thinking clearly right now. Or, perhaps you’ve checked the web for screen rotation not working on iPad or iPhone in iOS 12/iOS 11 and you’ve read this silly advice to hit the device. Some talk about it, we absolutely don’t recommend you to do that with your expensive device. You have so many alternatives listed below!


Check the screen orientation option settings

When the anger goes away and you start thinking clearly once again, you may remember that the device has a special setting for the screen rotation. In case it was accidentally switched to Off, there’s no wonder that the display of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12 no longer responds to your attempts of reversing the image. It’s stuck from the display settings that you can check from the General Settings. On the Home screen, swipe bottom to top and get the extended menu. In there, look for the lock icon and tap on it. Check if the screen rotation now works.


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Do a self-test from the service screen

The service screen is a special service where you can test some functions and features of your iPhone or iPad in iOS 12. The problem with it, however, is that many wireless carriers don’t give their clients access to this screen. If you too cannot reach this service screen to do a test of the accelerometer or the gyroscope of the device, you cannot use this option. But you can always contact the carrier, ask about your problem, and maybe you will receive a more professional explanation first-hand.


Move on to a serious hard reset

This reset will make the device look like taken out from the factory, with the operating system and the stock apps alone. Nothing from what you previously stored on it – including the problem that was causing the blockage with the screen rotation – will be left. We’ve tackled the issue of how to reset your phone to the factory defaults, which is why we won’t insist on it within this particular tutorial. Feel free to ask us questions in the comments below, if you’ll find it necessary!




We don’t need to tell you that this last option looks like the most effective and the safest option you have at hand. The only delicate thing about it is not to forget backing up your data prior to erasing the content of your Apple iPhone or iPad in iOS 11/iOS 12. The factory reset is a serious thing that will leave the device empty of any kind of content. After you have saved your data, read this guide to know exactly how to reset the device.



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