iPhone iOS4: Lock Orientation. (But where is the Horizontal Lock?)

One of my favorite features of my iPad is the ability to lock the orientation in one direction. With iOS4 for the iPhone, locking the orientation vertically in portrait orientation is now available. Should horizontal lock be available too?

I enjoy reading on my iPad and iPhone. One of the problems with reading on the iPhone is that the phone will change orientation with movement. For example, when I lie down on my side to read, the phone often can’t decide what orientation to use. Locking the phone vertically in portrait orientation fixes this problem.

1. Double tap the home key to access the background control screen.
2. Swipe-right until you see iPad and orientation controls

swipe right to get to background controls

3. Click the Portrait Orientation lock button

press portrait lock button

Where is the Horizontal Lock option?

I am one of these people that enjoy reading from my iPhone in horizontal orientation as well. Many web sites, especially forums, are often better viewed in this position. Since horizontal lock is available on the iPad, I will be keeping my fingers crossed that it’s an option for the iPhone in the future as well.


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16 Responses to “iPhone iOS4: Lock Orientation. (But where is the Horizontal Lock?)”

  1. June 28, 2010 at 1:44 pm, Luke said:

    II wish there was a horizontal lock too, but I do know of a workaround.
    Basically, hold the phone horizontally and then turn it vertically so it is upside down (ie home button at the top). Thankfully the iphone doesn’t display its portrait screen upside down so it stays horizontal! Thats how I read in bed all the time! :D


  2. April 07, 2011 at 1:01 am, Jenamberlee said:

    Thanks! I accidentally locked mine and had no idea how to unlock it! Got it now :)


  3. April 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm, Yoshimassa81 said:

    My problem is soluted!!!!tank you for ur suport!!!:)


  4. April 25, 2011 at 12:23 am, ALez said:

    Not working wit Facebook app though.


  5. May 10, 2011 at 2:13 pm, rr070119 said:

    Thank you so much!


  6. June 07, 2011 at 4:07 am, Alisha Smith said:

    Thanks for the information.. Its a great resource on locking.. I am glad I visited here and come to know about it.. I was wondering to know what are the other tricks for it?
    aplle peel


  7. July 06, 2011 at 4:35 am, Corey04068 said:

    my kids ( 5 & 3yrs ) locked it on me and I haven’t been able to fix it in months!!!


  8. August 16, 2011 at 9:56 pm, jj said:

    finally.. this needs when you are in bed


  9. August 20, 2011 at 11:05 am, Bo Nyi said:

    Thank you so much.
    i need it when i in bed.


  10. August 22, 2011 at 2:00 pm, billy t said:

    thanks alot, very clear and easy to fix that , i love that


  11. December 02, 2011 at 8:34 pm, Torrente said:

    Luke, thank you so much ! so easy! I Just feel like a dumb not to have figured it out by myself :-(


  12. December 05, 2011 at 7:35 pm, Gils said:

    Thanks.. Now it is working… :)


  13. January 25, 2012 at 1:35 pm, Bambi Donovan said:

    New with the IPhone, and now my problems solved. Thanks!


  14. June 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm, reb said:

    Mr. Kirk,

    Thank you very much. I am always getting stuck on the simple things, i. e. who knew there was a lock ? on the bottom.


  15. September 12, 2012 at 2:16 am, jason said:

    Good question……I have a regular i-phone(not the “S”) On facebook I used to be able to turn my phone horizontal or vertical. it seems it’s stuck in the vertical position. I checked what you guys are talking about on my phone and it is not locked. When going on photos it will “flip” accordingly, but on any home page or wall page it just wants to stay in the vertical position. Frustrating. Any ideas?


  16. November 13, 2013 at 1:57 am, Fern said:

    Speaking of reading on iphone. Lethe social media icon pallete on these site blocks the text. It is pretty bad


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