How to Rotate the Screen on Various Devices?

Whether you prefer automatic or manual screen rotation, this ultimate guide will help you rotate your screen to view your content in the orientation that best suits your needs, on different devices.
Rotate screen on devices

In this article, we will explore how to rotate the screen on various devices, both automatically and manually. We will also address common questions users have about screen rotation.

How to Automatically Rotate the Screen?

Keyboard Shortcuts and Commands

Rotating the screen manually can be a hassle, especially when you switch between landscape and portrait modes frequently. Luckily, there are keyboard shortcuts and commands that make this process easy and convenient.

On Windows Computer:

  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Left arrow to quickly rotate the screen 90 degrees to the left (Portrait).
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Right arrow to rotate the screen 90 degrees to the right (Portrait flipped).
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Up arrow to return the screen to the landscape mode (Standard).
  • Press Ctrl + Alt + Down arrow to rotate the screen 180 degrees (Upside down or Landscape flipped).

On Mac Computers:

  • Command (⌘)Option (⌥)Right arrow to rotate the screen 90 degrees clockwise (right).
  • Command (⌘)Option (⌥)Left arrow to rotate the screen 90 degrees counterclockwise (left).
  • Command (⌘)Option (⌥)Up arrow to return the screen to landscape or normal mode.
  • Command (⌘)Option (⌥)Down arrow to rotate the screen upside down (180 degrees).

Rotate the Screen through System Settings or other Customization Options on Devices.

Keyboard shortcuts are great for quick changes, but sometimes you want to customize screen rotation to better suit your needs. Here’s how to do it on different devices:

1. On Windows devices

In Windows, you can also adjust your display settings to rotate your screen.

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select Display settings (on Windows 10 and 11) or select Screen resolution (on Windows 7, 8, and 8.1).
  2. From the Orientatation or Display orientation drop-down, choose your desired orientation (Landscape, Portrait, Landscape (flipped), or Portrait (flipped)).Change Display orientation
  3. If prompted, click Keep changes.

2. On Mac Devices

Not all Mac computers with built-in displays support screen rotation, especially MacBooks. However, if you have a widescreen display and your hardware supports it, you can rotate your Mac screen.

  1. Click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences or System Settings.
  2. Next, select Displays.Displays
  3. Click the menu next to Rotation and choose how many degrees to rotate the screen – 90°180°, or 270°. Standard is the default option.rotate the screen
  4.  Click Confirm in the dialog box.

If you don’t see the Rotation option in the Display settings, you can try the below method:

  1. Click on the Apple menu and select System Preferences while holding down the Option key on your keyboard.
  2. Hold down the Command + Option keys and click on Displays.
  3. Click on the Rotation menu and select how many degrees you want to rotate your screen.choose orientation from Rotation menu
  4. Click Confirm.

3. On iPhone and iPad

Using Auto-Rotate function

By default, iOS devices come with an auto-rotate feature that adjusts the screen orientation based on the device’s orientation. To enable this feature, you need to turn off the Rotation Lock.

  1. Navigated to the home screen.
  2. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open Control Center.
  3. Tap the Rotation Lock icon (a lock with an arrow curving around) to turn it off, if it’s on.Turn off auto-rotate
  4. Turn your iPad/iPhone sideways.

If your screen doesn’t rotate, make sure that the Rotation Lock is turned off. You can also try restarting your iPad.

Using Assistive Touch

AssistiveTouch is an accessibility feature on iPhone and iPad that lets you change the screen orientation and perform other actions without having to physically move your device.

  1. Open Settings and go to Accessibility > Touch.
  2. Then, turn on the AssistiveTouch toggle.Assistive Touch
  3. Once AssistiveTouch is turned on, you’ll see a small, gray button with a white circle in the middle appear on the edge of your screen.Assistive touch button
  4. Close the Settings app and open the app you want to rotate.
  5. Tap the white AssistiveTouch icon on the screen and select Device.Select Device
  6. Then, select Rotate Screen.Rotate screen
  7. Choose the desired orientation (Left, Right, Portrait, or Upside Down).Select orientation

The AssistiveTouch button will stay on the screen and become translucent when not in use. You can drag it around the edge of the screen with your finger to reposition it.

4. On Apple Watch

To switch wrists or move the Digital Crown, adjust orientation settings so that raising your wrist wakes the watch and turning the Digital Crown moves things as expected.

You can change the screen orientation on your Apple Watch in two ways: on the watch itself or on your iPhone.

On your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown button to view all your apps.
  2. Tap the Settings app to open it.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Then, tap on Orientation.
  5. Select which wrist you want to wear the watch on (left or right).Orientation
  6. Choose which side you want the Digital Crown to be on (left or right).

On your iPhone:

  1. Open the Watch app.
  2. Tap the My Watch tab.
  3. Tap General.
  4. Then, tap on Watch Orientation.Watch Orientation
  5. Choose which wrist you want to wear your Apple Watch on (left or right).Choose wrist
  6. Choose which side you want the Digital Crown to be on (left or right).

Note that not all apps can rotate the screen. If you’re having trouble rotating the screen in a particular app, it’s probably because the app doesn’t support it.

How to Change or Update Auto Screen Rotation?

On Windows devices

To disable auto-screen rotation on Windows 8/8.1:

  1. Right-click on your desktop and select the Screen resolution option from the context menu.
  2. Check or uncheck the box next to Allow the screen to auto-rotate to toggle the auto screen rotation feature.
  3. Then, click Apply and OK.auto-rotate display

To disable auto-screen rotation on Windows 10:

  1. Click the Notification Center or Action Center icon from the lower-right corner of the Taskbar or press Windows+A.
  2. Click the Expand to show more options.
  3. Click or tap the Rotation lock to turn on or off. A gray rotation lock icon means it’s off, and a blue icon means it’s on.Turn on/off auto rotation

On iOS devices

To lock screen orientation on your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the screen to open Control Center.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button (the button with the curved arrow and lock icon).
  3. When the button is white, the screen auto-rotation is locked. If the button is grey, then the auto-rotation is turned off.Auto rotation on iOS

FAQs

What if I have two screens and only one of them appears flipped?

If you’re using multiple screens with your computer, you can adjust the screen orientation for each monitor individually. Simply follow the steps mentioned above for your specific operating system, and select the display you want to rotate in the display settings.

If you have two screens and only one of them appears flipped, you can also try the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + P to open the Project menu.
  2. Select Duplicate to mirror the display on both screens.

My screen still won’t rotate, so what else can I do?

If your screen stubbornly refuses to rotate despite your best efforts,  you can try the following:

  • Make sure that automatic screen rotation is enabled. 
  • Restart your device.
  • Update your device’s software.
  • Make sure that your device’s sensors, such as the gyroscope, are functioning correctly.
  • Check for hardware problems. If you think your device may have a hardware problem, contact the manufacturer for assistance.

How do I rotate the screen on my Samsung device?

For Samsung device users, including smartphones and tablets, there’s usually an auto-rotate feature that you can enable or disable from the Quick Settings menu.

To rotate the screen on your Samsung device:

  1. Swipe down from the top of the screen to open the Quick Settings panel.
  2. Find the Screen orientation icon and switch between Portrait, Landscape, or Auto rotate by tapping on the icon.
  3. If the Screen orientation is set to Auto Rotate, you can manually rotate the screen by turning your device sideways.

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