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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.

David Kirk
David Kirk
David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.


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