How to Turn on/off Screen rotation in Samsung smartphones?

Last Update date : Apr 28. 2023

While surfing on web or watching a video on your Galaxy phone, you can turn your phone sideways to view content comfortably. If you want the screen of your phone to rotate horizontally or vertically automatically, follow the guide below to enable the 'auto rotate' feature.

Turn the Auto rotate feature on

Step 1. Swipe down on the screen to open the Quick panel.

Step 2. If a gray Portrait or Landscape mode icon is displayed, tap the gray icon to activate Auto rotate. The icon will glow blue when enabled. 

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If the Auto rotate feature is already activated, you don't need to select anything.

Note: If the app you are using doesn't support an orientation, it will not change when you rotate your phone. Not all apps work in both Portrait and Landscape mode.

Lock the screen in Portrait or Landscape mode

Portrait mode holds the screen upward and Landscape mode holds the screen sideways. Both icons look like locks and are gray when enabled. When the screen is locked in Portrait or Landscape mode, the screen no longer rotates when you rotate your phone.

When you tap the active blue Auto rotate icon, the icon will switch to a gray Landscape or Portrait mode and the screen will stay that way (upward or sideways).

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How to add the screen orientation icon to the Quick panel

If you cannot find the Auto rotate icon or the Portrait/Landscape mode icon, it may have been disabled by mistake. It is very easy to add icons back to the Quick panel. Follow the steps below to add the Auto rotate icon to the Quick panel.

Step 1. Open the Quick panel.
Tap More options (the three vertical dots).

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Step 2. Tab edit buttons.

Step 3. Find the Auto rotate icon, and then drag it to
your desired position on the
Quick panel.

Step 4. Tap Done.

How to make your Home screen rotate sideways

The Home screen does not rotate to landscape mode by default, but if you prefer to view your phone sideways, you can set the Home screen to landscape mode. Follow the steps below to set your Home screen rotation.

Step 1. Launch the Settings app, and then tap Home screen.

Step 2. Tap the switch next to Rotate to landscape mode.

Step 3. Now, the Home screen will also rotate to landscape mode, once you turn your phone sideways.

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