iPhone 15 Pro Screen Not Rotating? Here’s How to Fix it

By Kevin Shaw - Editor
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This article explains what you can do when your iPhone 15 Pro screen does not rotate. The iPhone 15 Pro screen has two screen orientation:

  • Landscape mode
  • Portrait mode

When you tilt your iPhone 15 Pro on its side, the screen is supposed to follow and rotate to landscape mode. Your screen is supposed to rotate based on how you are holding the device, meaning when you move your device between portrait and landscape, the screen will reorient. Your iPhone uses an internal accelerometer to identify the angle at which it is being held by sensing movement and gravity.

However, sometimes, the iPhone 15 Pro screen doesn’t rotate the way it should.

There are a few things you can do to make sure your iPhone 15 Pro screen rotates properly.

What you should do if your iPhone 15 Pro screen won’t rotate

If your iPhone 15 Pro screen is not rotating according to how you hold the device, here are the troubleshooting steps to fix this issue.

It should be noted that while iOS and certain apps like Netflix and YouTube support screen rotation, inbuilt apps such as Phone, Music, App Store, Weather, Reminder, Health, etc., do not rotate. If you’ve ensured that Screen Rotation Lock is disabled on your phone, chances are the app in question may not allow reorientation of your screen.

If you’re certain that an app supports screen rotation but it’s not working on your iPhone, you have a couple of options to try and fix the issue.

1. Make sure that you have screen rotation enabled

If you turn on Portrait Orientation Lock, this will lock the screen rotation and your screen will not rotate. The screen will stay in portrait mode, always, until you disable this. Here’s how to make sure it’s turned off:

  1. Open the Control Center by swiping down from the top right of your screen.
  2. Check the status of the Orientation Lock icon, which looks like a padlock with an arrow curving around it. If the icon is white and the padlock and arrow are red, it’s enabled, and that’s probably your problem.
  3. Tap the Orientation Lock icon to turn it off. The icon should turn transparent and the padlock and arrow will turn white.
  4. If it was already off, toggle the Orientation Lock on and then off again by tapping it twice.

2. Test apps on your iPhone to see if they rotate

If the Orientation Lock wasn’t your problem, make sure you’re using an app that actually rotates. Some apps especially many games are designed to work with a single orientation, and will not rotate no matter how you hold the iPhoned .

  1. To check, swipe from the bottom of your screen to go to the Home screen.
  2. Start a built-in Apple app, like Safari, Calculator, Mail or Calendar.
  3. These should all rotate normally. If they do and the app you were trying to use does not then that app isn’t designed to rotate.

3. Force quit the iOS app

Even after trying the above fixes, iPhone 15 Pro screen rotation is not working? In this case, force quit the app and start afresh.

  1. From the Home Screen, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and pause in the middle of the screen.
  2. Swipe right or left to find the app that doesn’t rotate.
  3. Swipe up on the app that does not rotate.
  4. After a few seconds, open that app again and rotate the iPhone. The app screen should rotate too.

4. Restart your iPhone

Sometimes technology can be finicky and a simple restart gives your phone a chance to get things right. There’s no rhyme or reason to why this works, but it often does.

  1. Launch the settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go into General.
  3. Tap Shut Down.
  4. Wait a minute for your iPhone to completely shut down.
  5. Press the power button to turn your iPhone back on.

5. Reset all Settings

If none of the above solutions worked, go ahead and reset all iPhone settings. Once it completes, your iPhone 15 Pro screen should rotate without issues. Here’s how:

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
  2. Go into General.
  3. Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone. It’s all the way at the bottom.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Tap Reset All Settings. Once the reset process is completes, it is almost certain that the iPhone 15 Pro screen not rotating would be a thing of the past!

6. Visit Apple Store

If none of those troubleshooting tips fixed your iPhone 15 Pro screen rotation issue, you probably have a problem with your iPhone’s hardware. , it may be time to contact Apple Support to fix the problem. Your device may have a broken accelerometer or another issue that you’d need a professional to fix. Taking your iPhone to your local Apple store or authorized Apple repair store is the first step to getting the issue fixed.

iPhone 15 Pro screen not rotating: Fixed

I hope you were able to fix the screen rotation problem on your iPhone 15 Pro. It isn’t a big issue unless it’s a hardware problem. If you have any other questions, drop us a comment and let us know.

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By Kevin Shaw Editor
Kevin Shaw is a seasoned tech journalist based in Los Angeles with a penchant for all things Apple. He started writing about Apple products in 2007 and it's been a love affair ever since. He has spent over a decade testing and writing about iPhones, iPads, Macs, and other Apple products. In his spare time, he likes nothing more than catching up with the latest news and sports podcasts on the beach.
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