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Why Doesn’t iPhone In iOS 10.3 Screen Rotate?

If you have the Screen Rotation function turned on but the Apple iPhone or iPad in iOS 10.3 doesn’t adjust web pages when switching from vertical to horizontal, the accelerometer might have stopped working. The problem here is that a faulty accelerometer won’t only impair the Screen Rotation, but also the Camera app.

If you try to shoot anything and Camera shows inverted images or its virtual buttons are also upside down, you really need to work this out. This issue is often reported by many iPhone and iPad users as a screen rotation error. In today’s article, we’re going to tackle this frustrating problem and show you what to do when the accelerometer is broken and the screen rotation is stuck in a single position.


What to do when the screen won’t rotate

An unresponsive screen rotation usually asks for a hard reset of the iPhone or iPad in iOS 10.3. Before you do that, however, it wouldn’t hurt to double check and see if the Screen Rotation is really turned on. Here are the instructions you should be following at this stage:

  1. Turn on the device and head to the Home screen;
  2. Launch the Menu with a swipe up from the bottom of the display;
  3. Look at the top right corner of your display, where you should see a Lock icon;
  4. Select the Lock icon and now try to change the position of the device and verify, once again, if the screen rotates.


Some wireless carriers have this nasty habit of blocking their users’ access to the Service screen. If that’s your case too, the only thing you can do at this point is to perform a factory reset. This is also known as bringing the device back to its factory defaults. If you’re not familiarized with this kind of procedure for iPhone and iPad in iOS 10.3, read this dedicated guide.


If you’ve already tried to contact your service provider and you couldn’t get any helpful advice from there, don’t just start hitting the device until the Screen Rotation fixes on its own. We’ve seen this out-of-the-box advice on the internet but we wouldn’t recommend you to do so!

On the contrary, we would insist that, when nothing works, to complete a hard reset. This process will lead to losing all the data stored on your Apple iPhone or iPad in iOS 10.3, unless you create a backup in advance. So, before you start resetting everything, go to the Settings menu and tap on Backup & Reset. From there, we trust you will know what to do.

As for the official, detailed instructions on how to hard reset an iPhone and iPad in iOS 10.3, read everything you need to know in here.

One of these tweaks – except for, as mentioned, the part where you hit your smartphone – will make the Screen Rotation active once again. Just be patient and don’t let the frustration getting in the way of solving this relatively common problem of the Apple devices.

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