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How to lock the iPhone/iPod touch screen in portrait orientation

Updated on October 12, 2011

Have you ever wanted to force your iPod touch or iPhone to stay in the portrait orientation like the iPad can? Sometimes, the switching from the landscape to portrait screen orientation can be annoying when you are using a device. Unlike the iPad there is no physical switch to lock the screen orientation. But if you own a iPhone 3GS or newer or a third generation iPod Touch or newer that is running at least iOS 4, you can lock your device's screen in portrait orientation.

Step 1

Tap the home button quickly twice. This will bring up the multi-task bar. This bar will show the application icons that are running the background of your device. It is mostly used to switch between background applications, but it is also the access to the screen lock.

Step 2

Swipe your finger from left to right at the across the bar. The bar will now display the skip forward, skip back, play button and the iPod icon. The iPod icon is used to quickly start the iPod application. The other buttons are used to control which audio track is being played on the iPod or other audio applications.

Step 3

Touch the leftmost screen lock button. A padlock will appear inside they button and the message “Portrait Orientation Locked” should appear briefly. Push the home button once again and your iPhone or iPod Touch will return to normal except that screen orientation is now locked in portrait orientation. To unlock, you just need to follow the same steps again.


Unfortunately Apple decided that the screen orientation lock should  only work for portrait,but not for landscape mode.


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      Sam 6 years ago

      I actually like the Facebook app sideways, so it's annoying when it switches from the wide way to the short way accidentally, is there any way to lock the wide way as default for fbook? Just wondering..

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      Svitlana 6 years ago

      Thanks a million!

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      ca012 6 years ago

      whoever has problems with the iphone call this happans when u go to closs with the iphone screen because it has a proximity censer to prevent this move the iphone awaqy from your head

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      xG4G3x 6 years ago

      Haha mine was stuck to where I couldn't see it in portrait. I thought it was broke.

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      Heather! 6 years ago

      I KNEW there was a way to lock it...somewhere! But I couldn't find it for the life of me. THANK YOU!!

      (My iPhone kept getting 'stuck' in landscape...WTH?!)

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      Hjr 6 years ago


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      Jed 6 years ago

      HAHA, it almost took me a year before I decided to google this one. Never thought it was this simple. Thanks for the post!

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      DreChgdd 6 years ago

      Thanks very good information. I was looking this things since 2010.

      I did one click and I got it.

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      Aria 6 years ago

      Wow thx soooo much :)

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      Buddy 6 years ago

      Thank you for the info on how to unlock my iphone 4 from portrait mode.

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      Elayna 6 years ago

      thankss sooo much! it took me forever to try and figure this out and now i got itt!!

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      Dave 6 years ago

      You're the man of the day!

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      Nicko 6 years ago

      So useful. I've been trying to read a book on iBooks while lying down. Very annoying. Thankyou so much.

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      Brian 6 years ago


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      margie 6 years ago

      Wow, thanks for taking the time to post this! I never would have figured it out myself.

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      paula 6 years ago

      thank you x

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      CJT 6 years ago

      My iPhone is STUCK in portrait mode. I touch the lock/unlock and nothing changes it.

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      esvar 6 years ago

      Thank you I had hard time trying to figure out why I could not use tomtom on layout this article solve the problem

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      Alan  6 years ago

      Thanx a lot buddy

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      Michelle 6 years ago

      I can't access it with my iPod touch third gen ..

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      rik rizada 6 years ago


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      Jordan Riley 6 years ago

      Fantastic hub you have provided . Fantastic is all I can say

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      Rachel 7 years ago

      Thanks so much! My problem was different than most everyone else's. I had locked it in portrait and couldn't figure out how to switch it to landscape. Thanks so much!

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      Sarra 7 years ago

      THANK YOU!!! You are great!

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      Magnus 7 years ago

      Thanks! My problem was the same as Sarah's.

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      Thank you!!! Now I can lie on my side in bed and my screen won't roll around and around!!

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      pappu 7 years ago

      Thanks, it is work for my ipad only, it cant work for my ipod touch?

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      Starrzone 7 years ago

      Thank you!!! I've been trying for ages to figure out how to lock my screen! You're awesome! :D

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      grace 7 years ago

      thank you! i spent so much time trying to find this! you're a lifesaver!

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      HECTOR  7 years ago


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      Austin 7 years ago

      I love you

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      John 7 years ago

      i have a ipod touch and it is on main screen where is says slide to unlock and it wont work

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      Chris M. Ryan  7 years ago

      I have a iPhone 4g...

      My problem is w the screen locking up while on a call. The screen goes black!

      . Ex, if I make or receive a call (60% of thine) & need to switch between speaker phone settings, lookup a contact or access apps while on the line nothing works. Tilting it, hitting the home key 1,2,3 times, volume the screen display is blank! Only thing that works is to hit the lock key up top & that drops the call? Amy ideas or sugesstions.

      Part 2: is there away to rearrange the home call key layout?


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      cynthia 7 years ago

      THANK YOU!!