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Android Screen Won’t Rotate? Here’s How to Fix It

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Justin Duino / How-To Geek
If your Android phone’s screen doesn’t rotate, make sure the auto-rotate option is enabled for apps and your home screen, and that you and your case aren’t touching the screen when you try to rotate. Restarting your phone, calibrating your screen, and removing recently installed apps may also fix the issue.

Does your phone’s screen not rotate when you turn it sideways? If so, Android’s automatic screen rotation option might be disabled, or your phone may have another bug. We’ll show you a few ways to fix this problem.

Table of Contents

Enable the Auto Rotate Option
Make Your Phone’s Home Screen Rotatable
Make Sure You Aren’t Touching Your Phone’s Screen
Remove Your Phone’s Case
Restart Your Phone
Calibrate Your Phone’s Touchscreen
Remove Recently Installed Apps

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Enable the Auto Rotate Option

The most common reason your Android phone’s screen doesn’t automatically rotate is that the auto-rotate option is disabled. Turn the feature on, and your phone will ensure all your on-screen contents automatically rotate.

On nearly all Android phones, you can turn on the option by pulling down twice from the top of your phone’s screen and tapping “Auto Rotate.”

Select "Auto Rotate."

Tip: Depending on your model and settings, you may have to swipe left to see the auto-rotate button.

After enabling the option, access an app on your phone, and your screen will change its orientation. If the auto-rotate toggle was already enabled, though, continue reading for other fixes.

Make Your Phone’s Home Screen Rotatable

Most Android phones by default won’t rotate the home screen, even if you’ve enabled the auto-rotate option. To get around that, toggle on the home screen rotation option, and that screen will rotate as well. The instructions for this will vary depending on your specific phone model, but as examples, we’ll cover both Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones.

Samsung Galaxy

To enable home screen rotation on a Samsung Galaxy phone, first launch the Settings app. In Settings, select “Home Screen.”

Choose "Home Screen" in Settings.

On the “Home Screen” page, turn on the “Rotate to Landscape Mode” option.

Toggl on "Rotate to Landscape Mode."

And that’s it. Come back to your home screen, put your phone sideways, and the screen will use landscape mode.

Additionally, to make your phone’s always-on screen rotate, head into Settings > Lock Screen > Always On Display > Screen Orientation and tap “Landscape.”

Select "Landscape."

Pixel

Though you can’t rotate the always-on display on a Pixel you can still make the home screen rotatable. First, tap and hold on the home screen until the pop-up settings menu appears, then tap “Home Settings.”

Tap and hold on the home screen, then tap "Home Settings."

Scroll until you see the toggle for “Allow Home Screen Rotation” and tap it to enable it.

Find the "Allow Home Screen Rotation" setting and enable it.

Make Sure You Aren’t Touching Your Phone’s Screen

If you’ve enabled every rotation setting, but your phone’s screen still isn’t rotating make sure you aren’t touching the screen while trying to rotate it. Remember your phone locks the screen orientation when you’ve placed your finger on it.

To prevent that, simply make sure your fingers aren’t on your screen when you’re rotating it. You’ll want to be careful around the edges of your screen, as it’s easy to unknowingly touch the screen there.

Remove Your Phone’s Case

If you have a case on your phone and screen rotation isn’t working, the case may not be compatible with your model, or may be broken. That can cause the case to touch parts of the screen and prevent the screen from rotating.

To verify that, take off your phone’s case and then put your phone sideways. If the screen rotates, your case is the culprit. You can either try to fix your case or get a new compatible one.

Restart Your Phone

Sometimes, a minor bug in Android can cause system features to malfunction. Luckily, you can resolve many minor system problems by simply rebooting your phone. This gives your phone a fresh start, possibly fixing your screen rotation problem.

To reboot most Android phones, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. Then, in the power menu that opens, select “Restart.”

Tap "Restart" in the menu.

When your phone turns back on, place it sideways, and the screen will rotate.

Tip: If your power button is broken, learn how to restart a phone without the power button.

Calibrate Your Phone’s Touchscreen

Your phone’s touchscreen may be sensing taps when you aren’t actually tapping it. This could prevent your phone from rotating the screen as it thinks you’ve placed your finger on the screen (where the phone locks the screen from being rotated).

To solve that issue, calibrate your phone’s touchscreen with a free app like Touchscreen Calibration. It’ll let you know what spots on the screen are sensing the touch, revealing potential problems. You can then use the app to recalibrate your screen.

Remove Recently Installed Apps

If your phone’s screen has stopped rotating after you installed a specific app, that app might be interfering with your phone’s functionalities. In this case, remove that app from your phone and see if your issue is still there.

It’s easy to delete an app on Android (or multiple apps). Once you’ve done that, see if your phone’s screen rotates. If it does, avoid reinstalling the app you just uninstalled (and maybe look for an alternative app that does the same or similar tasks).

Select "Uninstall" in the menu.

And that’s how you fix your Android phone’s screen that won’t rotate. We hope the guide helps you resolve your problem.

If you can’t rotate your screen after trying these fixes, it may be time to upgrade to a new Android phone.

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