The iPad screen rotation issue is a common problem that is usually easy to fix. But sometimes you may need advanced fixes to get the screen stuck in portrait or landscape mode for correct rotation.
Work your way through the suggestions and solutions below to fix your iPad, iPad Air, or iPad Pro screen not rotating automatically.
1. Check screen orientation lock
First, check if Rotation Lock is working on your iPad. You — or someone else with access to your iPad — may have accidentally turned it on. This is also a fairly common problem on iPhone, iPod touch, and even Android. If Rotation Lock is on, turn it off so your iPad’s screen starts rotating again.
To do that, swipe down from the upper-right corner of the iPad screen to open the Control Center. On an Apple iPad running iOS 10 or earlier, swipe up from the bottom of the screen. If Rotation Lock button appears active (red padlock icon on white background), tap to disable it.
2. Use the side switch to turn off the rotation lock
If you’re using a fourth-generation (2012) or earlier iPad model, Rotational Lock appears as a physical side button/switch above the Volume Up and Down buttons. If your iPad screen won’t rotate, use it to deactivate your iOS device’s orientation lock.
3. Turn off the screen, then turn on
If Rotation Lock is not the problem, here is a quick fix you can try. Start by turning off the iPad screen (press Top/Power button). Then, hold the iPad in the position you want to rotate and turn it back on.
Bad luck? Continue with the rest of the fixes.
4. Force-Quit App
Rarely can an app crash and prevent your iPad’s screen from rotating automatically. To fix that, try to force quit the app. So swipe up from the bottom of the screen and briefly hold your finger to call the App Switcher. Then drag the app tag — for example: The hunt—On and off the screen.
If after that, the iPad Home screen starts to rotate as usual, relaunch the app and check if the problem recurs.
5. Some apps don’t support rotation
Rarely do you come across apps that don’t support screen rotation by design. That might be the case if the rest of your iPad rotates as it should. There’s nothing you can do but request the functionality as a feature upgrade from the app developer.
6. Power off and restart iPad
The following fix involves restarting your iPad. To do that, open Setting app and press Shared > Turn off. Then pull Power icon on the right to turn off the device. When the screen goes dark, wait for 30 seconds. Then press and hold Power until you see the Apple logo.
7. Force restart iPad
If the screen on your iPad appears unresponsive or stuck, you must force restart it. However, the process differs between models with a Home button and models without.
Force restart iPad with Home button
1. Press and hold Home and Power buttons at the same time.
2. Continue holding both buttons until the screen goes dark and the Apple logo appears.
3. Release both buttons and wait for the Lock screen.
Force restart iPad without Home button
1. Quickly press and release Volume up button.
2. Quickly press and release Turn down the volume button.
3. Immediately press and hold Power button.
4. Keep holding the button until the screen goes dark and the Apple logo appears.
3. Release the button and wait for the Lock Screen.
8. System software update
If the problem persists and causes the iPad’s screen to freeze or keep getting stuck in portrait orientation or vice versa, you should update your system software. It’s the best way to solve any known technical problems with auto-rotate.
To do that, open Setting app and go to Shared > Software updates. Then tap Download and Settings to install the latest version of iOS or iPadOS for your iPad. Learn what to do if you’re having trouble updating your iPad.
9. Update all apps
In addition to system software, we also recommend that you update all apps on your iPad. To do that, press and hold App Store icon and select Update. Then swipe down Account pop up to scan for new app updates and press Update all.
10. Reset all settings to default
Corrupt system settings on the iPad can also be a factor, so the following fix involves resetting them to defaults. However, that will cost you your saved Wi-Fi networks and privacy preferences, so be prepared to spend time reconfiguring your iPad afterwards.
To reset all settings on your iPad, open Setting app and go to Shared > Transfer or Reset iPad > Reset all settings. Then enter your iPad device passcode and tap Reset confirm.
Fixed iPad screen rotation issue
The above instructions will help you get the stuck screen to rotate again on iPad. Don’t forget to do simpler fixes to memory (check Rotation Lock, screen off/on, iPad restart, etc.) in case you face the same problem later.
However, if none of the fixes have worked or the iPad’s screen is always stuck in landscape or portrait mode, the problem may lie in a faulty gyroscope. Your best option is to contact Apple Support and book a visit to the nearest Apple Store. But if you prefer, you can do additional troubleshooting on your own by factory resetting the device or reinstalling the firmware in DFU Mode through iTunes.