How do I rotate the screen on my Samsung device?

Last Update date : Feb 19. 2021

Whether you're watching a video on your phone or presenting a presentation from your tablet and you want to change the screen mode from landscape to portrait mode or vice versa. If you follow the below guide, you will be able to lock your screen to a particular screen mode, enable auto rotate or try some basic troubleshooting steps if your device isn't recognising the different modes.

Please Note: This guide is designed for Australian variant Galaxy devices, if you have an international device and require further support click here to get in touch with your Samsung subsidiary. Screenshots were captured from a Galaxy S20+ operating on Android OS Version 10.0 (Q), settings and steps may vary depending on your Galaxy device and software version.

Rotate screen from Portrait to Landscape
1 Swipe down the screen to access your Quick Settings and tap on Auto Rotate, Portrait or Landscape to change your screen rotation settings.
Tap on Auto Rotate, Porttrait or Landscape to adjust screen rotation
2 By selecting Auto Rotate,you will easily be able to switch between Portrait and Landscape mode.
Tap on auto rotate
3 If you choose Portrait this will lock the screen from rotating to landscape.
Tapping the Portrait will lock the screen to protrait mode
4 To lock the screen horizontally you will first need to switch to Auto rotate, turn the screen into landscape view then select Landscape
Select landscape mode
Rotate button on Navigation Bar
1 Swipe down on your screen to view your Quick Panel, then tap on the word Portrait
Tap on potrait word

Ensure you have either changed screen rotation mode to Portrait or Landscape as Auto Rotate will have this funtion disabled.

2 Toggle on or off Rotate button on navigation bar
Toggle on or off Rotate button on Navigation bar
3 Once you have enabled Rotate button on navigation bar if you tilt your phone horizontally you should be able to select grey rotate icon to switch to landscape mode.
Rotation button in Navigation bar
Rotating sceen using Rotate button in Navigation bar

If you have tried the above steps to enable Auto Rotate or lock your screen mode from Portrait to Landscape and your device isn't recognising the position its being held it is recommended to try the following steps;

1 Restart the device
2 Start your device up in Safe Mode

For step-by-step instructions on enabling / disabling Safe Mode, check out our page Safe Mode on a Samsung device.

3 Check your software settings and confirm you're running on the latest software.

If you are still unable to change the auto rotate settings even after trying the above steps, please check our guide on Using Samsung Members and learn how to raise an error report. Once the error report has been submitted a Support Representative will be in touch with you. Alternatively, you can contact us on 1300 362 603 or head into your nearest Samsung Service Centre.

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