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iOS 5: Landscape orientation lock iOS devices
I just upgraded my iPhone 3GS to iOS 5, and played around looking for improvements.

Exploring the assistive touch panel, I found the 'rotate screen' options work also when portrait orientation is locked. Effectively, we can select any of the 4 possible orientations, and it will stay locked while moving and rotating the device. Switching apps will cause a reset to default portrait orientation.

While a bit complicated to reach, this will still be useful. I'm hoping for a shortcut or dedicated way to activate, like quad-clicking the Home button to rotate right, for example. I like the triple-click to activate white-on-black, for a basic night mode.

All of these and more options are available under Settings » General » Accessibility and enabling 'AssistiveTouch.'

[crarko adds: There are indeed a lot of useful settings in there. Explore them. It looked slightly different on the iPad, and the 3GS may have different settings from iPhone 4.]
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iOS 5: Landscape orientation lock
Authored by: milkmage on Feb 24, '12 11:05:47AM

"I'm hoping for a shortcut or dedicated way to activate, like quad-clicking the Home button to rotate right, for example. I like the triple-click to activate white-on-black, for a basic night mode. "

..Assistive touch lets you set custom gestures. I know a lot of new parents who enable this since their hands are usually full of squirming newborn.



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iOS 5: Landscape orientation lock
Authored by: astack on Feb 24, '12 01:59:58PM

Finally! I've set the triple click home button to "toggle assistive touch" in the hopes that now I will be able to turn on permanent landscape while reading in bed, but not be saddled with the assistive touch button constantly.



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Interesting. Perhaps an alternative.
Authored by: lullabud on Feb 24, '12 08:10:43PM

When I first saw this hint I wasn't sure exactly what the point of it was, and came to suggest a quicker solution… however, after digging through the whole hint I'm glad I did. That Assistive Touch feature is very interesting, especially the recordable gestures feature.

Even so, I think it's worth pointing this out in case anybody missed it… I'm not claiming esoteric knowledge, just point out a feature that might have been glossed over by some..


There is a lock-screen-orientation button that is very easy to get to. Double-click home, then swipe to the right to get to a tray where, along with some music player controls that I think work with more than just the Music app, is the lock-screen-orientation button.

http://static.iphoneitalia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/iphone-lock-orientation.png

Edited on Feb 24, '12 08:14:44PM by lullabud



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Interesting. Perhaps an alternative.
Authored by: astack on Feb 26, '12 07:19:18PM

Your suggestion only locks the screen in portrait orientation. The hint was how to lock the screen in landscape orientation. Big difference.



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Interesting. Perhaps an alternative.
Authored by: leamanc on Feb 27, '12 07:59:21AM

On the iPad, it can do both. iPhone appears to only lock-in portrait mode.

I have the 'mute switch' on my iPad set to do the orientation lock, and it is also capable of locking in portrait or landscape mode.



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