iPad Stuck in Portrait Mode? Fix It Yourself

  1. Published on May 17, 2022
  2. Updated on May 17, 2022
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Is your iPad stuck in portrait mode and you’re having trouble rotating the screen? Although it may seem like a problem that is caused by hardware issues, it can also be caused by software problems.

Whatever the cause, an iPad that is stuck in portrait mode can be very difficult to use and you need to repair the device to get it working normally again.

In this article, we will show you the effective ways that you can fix an iPad that is stuck in portrait mode.

Turn Off Device Orientation Lock on iPad

Your iPad screen may fail to rotate if Device Orientation Lock is turned on. This feature allows you to keep your iPad’s screen in portrait or landscape mode.

Device Orientation Lock can be very easy to turn off. Just open the Control Center and tap on the button that looks like a lock icon inside a circular icon. This should disable Device Orientation.

All iPads before iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, and iPad Pro have a switch on the right side above the volume buttons. This switch can be used to mute the device or even enable and disable the device orientation lock.

So, depending on the model of iPad that you have, you can turn Device Orientation on and off using this switch. It is also possible that you have accidentally flipped this switch, locking your iPad in portrait mode.

To make sure that you didn’t accidentally flip the switch, go to Settings > General and then scroll down to “Use Side Switch To” and check if it is set to “Lock Rotation” or “Mute.”

If you don’t want to accidentally lock the device in portrait mode, set it to “Mute.”

Turn Off Device Orientation Lock on iPad

A Crashed App May Also Cause the Issue

If Device Orientation is off but the iPad is still stuck in portrait mode, the app you were using before this problem has crashed.

Apps can cause the screen to freeze when they crash and if this happens when the device was in portrait mode, it can be very difficult to rotate the iPad.

In this case, open the app switcher by double-tapping on the Home Button (for older iPads) or swiping from the bottom to the center of the screen (for newer versions of iPad) and close the problematic app by dragging it up and out of the top of the screen.

If this happens again, then you need to uninstall the app from your device.

It also may be a good idea to update the apps on your device. To update all apps easily long-press the App Store icon and choose “Updates.” Swipe down on the “Account” popup and then tap “Update All.”

A Crashed App May Also Cause the Issue

Turn the Screen Off, then On

You can also try to turn the iPad’s screen off and then on to see if this will fix the orientation issue.

To turn off the screen on your iPad, press the power button and then hold the iPad in the position you want it to be in before turning on the screen.

Hard Reset Your iPad

It may also be that the iPad itself is frozen. In this case, a hard reset is one of the best ways to get the iPad working again.

If your iPad has a Home Button, press and hold both the Home and the Power Buttons at the same time until the device turns off, and the Apple logo appears on the screen.

Hard Reset Your iPad  with home button

If your iPad doesn’t have a Home Button, press and release the Volume Up button, press and release the Volume Down button and then press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo on the screen.

Hard Reset Your iPad  without home button

Update to the Latest iPadOS

If you can get your device out of portrait mode by a forced restart but the problem keeps recurring, you may want to update the system software.

This is a good way to remove some of the system bugs that can affect the settings and cause problems like this one.

To update the device, go to Settings > General > Software Update and if an update is available, tap “Download and Install” to update the device to the latest version of iPadOS.

Update to the Latest iPadOS

iPad Still Get Stuck? Fix Potential iPad Software Issues

If the problem doesn’t go away, you may want a more comprehensive solution to repair system issues that can cause this issue.

One of the best iOS system repair solutions that can be useful in this regard is TinyFix. It is very easy to use and has numerous features that make it the most ideal solution.

These include the following:

  • It can fix all common iOS issues including a frozen device
  • It will repair the device without causing data loss
  • It supports all iPad models and all versions of iPadOS
  • It is so easy to use: you don’t need technical expertise to use it

To use TinyFix to repair your iPad, follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Install TinyFix on your computer. Open the program after installation and in the main window, select “iOS System Repair.”

 main screen of TinyFix

Step 2: Connect the device to the computer and click “Standard Mode.”

Standard Repair Mode

Step 3: In the next window, click “Download” to download the version of iPadOS needed to repair the device.

get the appropriate firmware

Step 4: Once the firmware has been downloaded, click “Start” and TinyFix will begin repairing your iPad’s software.

repairing the device

iPad Stuck in Portrait Mode Issues Fixed

The solutions above should be able to help you fix an iPad screen that is stuck in portrait mode. Since this problem can easily occur again, it would be a good idea to keep these solutions handy in case you need them again.

But if the problem keeps happening, then the device may have a faulty gyroscope. In this case, contact Apple support or set up an appointment at your local Apple Store to get the device repaired.

Aaron Roussey

Aaron is tech-savvy and enjoys writing technical articles about phones, computers, games, and the internet!
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