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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode iOS devices
Have you discovered that using the iPhone's SMS app in landscape mode, while laying down, isn't all that you wanted it to be? I've found a simple fix that only requires you to have five or more SMS conversations in the app.

Open the SMS app, open any of the conversations, and scroll up and down. Repeat for the other four or more conversations. This will lock the screen from rotating when the iPhone goes on its side.
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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: boxcarl on Oct 12, '09 10:21:59AM

Sounds more like a bug than anything else.



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: PCheese on Oct 12, '09 10:24:59AM

This doesn't work for me, and I tried scrolling up and down on 5, 8, and 10 conversations before turning it back to portrait mode. When lying down, I just turn the iPhone on its head: it will only rotate to portrait mode when it's right-side-up.

Grammar tip: see "laying" vs "lying".



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: zzz99 on Oct 12, '09 01:34:44PM

Doesn't work on my iPhone 3GS either(no jb).



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: cwanja on Oct 12, '09 01:41:58PM

Since submission of this hint, I have noticed it to be a little more detailed than submitted.

It seems you need to have multiple conversations going. IE: sending and replying to 2 or 3+ people for it to take and hold. As stated in the first comment, it does seem like a bug though.

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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: aqsalter on Oct 12, '09 04:33:16PM

This is quite likely a bug, but the issue of locking the display is one that needs a fix.
As stated laying down it can be quite annoying to use the iPhone.



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: retractable on Feb 03, '10 06:55:18AM
That really does sound like a bug. Have you experienced this with the newest OS? retractable lanyards

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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: egcg on Feb 03, '10 07:06:32AM
Does not work on my iPhone 3GS. EGCG
Edited on Feb 03, '10 07:06:54AM by egcg


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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: LadySarai on Jul 04, '10 04:07:39PM

I didn't even realize my phone was dong it until I saw the status bar icon on the top of my screen. It's a lock with an arrow around it (orientation locking) after I read your article, I realized how I must have done it by accident.

SO, Question: Does anyone know how to turn it off? I can't view anything in landscape mode now. Just wondering...



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: Bebe on Jul 16, '10 08:11:19AM

Double tap on the iphone home button. A multi-task control bar will appear at the bottom of the screen. The first control on the left will able/ disable the "landscape view lock" function.
I hope this helps.



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: mmurray57 on Jul 17, '10 11:59:07PM

The task bar will only appear on iOS4 on a 3GS or higher phone. On a 3G you cannot lock the rotation.



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Lock iPhone SMS in portrait mode
Authored by: suzidownunder on Aug 01, '10 07:41:47PM

Thanks you so much for this post. I thought i was stuck with portrait forever! lol

:)



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