One of the coolest features of using iOS devices -- the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch -- is that they're smart enough to know how you're holding them and adjust accordingly. If you hold them sideways, the screen flips to fit that orientation. Ditto when you hold them upright. But what if you don't want the screen to switch when you change the device's positioning? Then you need to use the iOS's screen orientation lock feature. Here's how.
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- How you begin depends on what version of the iOS you're running. In iOS 7, make sure Control Center is turned on and then swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center. In iOS 4-6, begin by double clicking the home button on the front center of the iPad or iPhone’s face. This will bring up the process menu, listing your apps.
- In iOS 7, look for the icon that shows a lock with a curved arrow around it. In iOS 4-6, slide the list of apps to the right. This should reveal the iPod app, iPod controls, and an icon with a circle-shaped arrow on it. This is the screen orientation lock.
- Tap the orientation lock icon to lock the screen to its current position. Tap it again to unlock.
- When you're done, single click the home button again to be returned to your apps.