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My iPhone 6 / 6 Plus Screen Won’t Rotate! How Do I Fix It?

Last updated: August 26, 2015 at 23:06 pm

Question: I am using the new iPhone (iPhone 6 Plus with no contract, if it helps) and for some reason the screen is not rotating. It gets stuck and only sometimes rotates into landscape mode. How do I fix this problem forever so I can use my iPhone 6’s rotation feature effortlessly?

I cannot watch videos sideways or use apps like FB, WhatsApp, or even simple text messaging via iMessage app anymore.

Answer: This is a known bug with the iOS software that was first spotted by users with iOS 8.1.3 firmware. Even on earlier and newer firmware upgrades, conveniently rotating apps and games on iPhone 6 or 6 Plus screen has been a problem.


Reason 1: You have the Orientation Mode turned ON which comes with two lock mode: portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal).
Solution: Turn it OFF. How to do it? Follow the tutorial: iOS Screen Rotation Settings Explained. Pay attention to the “Tip: Find Out If Your iPhone’s Screen is Locked” section.


Reason 2: You are probably using old iOS firmware on your iPhone / iPad which has been known to cause screen rotation issues before.
Solution: Update to latest iOS firmware. How to do it? Follow this tutorial: How to Install iOS 8 Firmware.


Reason 3: You have “Standard” zoom enabled (by accident possibly) which can stop the homescreen of your device from rotating sideways.
Solution: Change the zoom settings. How to do it? From your iPhone / iPad, follow these steps:

  • Go to Settings -> Display & Brightness -> View (under Display Zoom).
  • Tap on Standard -> Set (on top-right) -> Use Standard

Reason 4: You haven’t calibrated your device.
Solution: Recalibrate or calibrate your iPhone / iPad. How to do it? In fact, one of the iOS user recommends you to calibrate only the Compass app. So open the Compass app. Recalibrate. And reboot the device.

Following any one of these solutions will help you fix the rotation issue on your iPhone and iPad.

Note: Articles written at iOS8release.com are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware