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How to stop the iPad’s screen from rotating?

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The automatic rotation feature on the iPad is undoubtedly handy, providing users with a dynamic viewing experience whether they are browsing the web, reading an e-book, or watching videos. However, there are times when you may want to prevent your iPad from rotating, especially when lying down or using certain apps.

Wondering how to stop the iPad from automatically rotating? This article discusses two ways to stop the iPad from rotating in a few simple steps.

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Use the Rotation lock

One of the quickest ways to prevent your iPad from rotating is through the Control Center. You can use the rotation lock to stop it from rotating automatically. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Rotate your iPad until the screen is in the position you want to lock it in.
  • Open the Control Centre. If you have an iPad with Face ID, swipe down from the top-left corner of the screen. If your iPad has a Home button, swipe up from the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap the Rotation Lock icon to activate the lock. When active, the Screen Rotation lock icon will be red on a white background.
  • Return to the Home screen by swiping up from the bottom of the screen or pressing the home button.

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Use the side switch on iPad

Certain iPads come with a side switch which allows you to turn the rotation lock on or off or mute the sounds and alerts from your iPad. The following iPads come with a side switch:

  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini / iPad Mini 2 / iPad Mini 3
  • iPad (3rd and 4th generation)
Source: Apple

Turn your iPad until the screen shows the position you want to keep, then move the Side Switch to lock the screen in that position.

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