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My iPad Screen Can' t Rotate! Here are the Real Answers

Posted by Brian Davis on Feb 22, 2021 4:13 PM • Category: iOS & iPhone Tips
5 mins read

fix iPad screen not rotating

Rotating the screen is iPad' s basic function, which allows users to see applications in portrait and landscape mode. When you hold iPad in a different direction, in response, your device should rotate the screen automatically. But there is also the opposite situation: your iPad screen won' t rotate anymore. This is often troublesome when the iPad lies flat on a table. You may wonder what leads to your iPad screen not rotating anymore and how to fix it? Do not leave and just keep reading. In this tutorial, all your questions about iPad locked screen will be solved.

Why My iPad Screen Won' t Rotate Anymore?

If your iPad does not fall down and becomes broken, one of the possible reasons for your unnormal screen is the Device Orientation Lock turns on. This button is designed to lock the screen in either portrait or landscape mode. Other factors such as hardware or software issues are also related to iPad screen not rotating. If the device screen has been severely damaged or broken, you have to contact Apple Support Center.

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How to Fix iPad Screen Not rotating?

After making clear what causes locked screen, users hope to learn how to fix this issue easily and quickly. Here, apart from resorting to Apple Support Center, I will list other alternative solutions you can try at home.

Fix 1: Use iOS recovery system software-the most effective

This way is fatal to serious system problems. If your iPad screen not rotating is not simply caused by wrong button settings, you may try this fix. Here, TunesKit iOS System Recovery is taken as the example to show you the detailed steps to fix iPad not rotating.

Thanks to its several years of development, now TunesKit has grown into a powerful and versatile iOS system repair tool. Besides getting iPad out of locked screen, it also aims to solve more than 30 types of iOS system woes including iPad stuck in black screen, boot loop or Apple logo. What' s more, if your iPhone, iPod Touch or Apple TV has been stuck in similar issues, TunesKit also helps you.

Now, the ultimate steps are ready and do not forget to download and install TunesKit on your PC.

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Step 1: Connect iPad to TuneKit on computer

Open the repair software. Next, use a USB cord to connect and let the software recognize your iPad. If iPad is successfully connected, click Start.

connect iPad to PC

Step 2: Click Standard Mode

Now you will see an interface with two modes. Just choose Standard Mode without data loss and click Next.

select a mode

Step 3: Download the firmware to repair

Now, the remaining step is to download firmware package which will spend several minutes. Then click Repair to fix your iPad.

download firmware

Note: if the Standard Mode fails, choose Advanced Mode with data loss and then follow the same steps above. And do not forget to have a backup.

Fix 2: Turn off Device Orientation Lock

As users may inadvertently turn on the Device Orientation Lock, the iPad can fail to rotate itself. Therefore, the first simple solution is you should turn off this button. Due to different types of iPad, two options are available:

1. Turn off from the top or bottom of screen

For iPad with iOS 12 or later: Scroll down from the top-right corner of your screen to open Control Center. Find the Device Orientation Lock button and click it to make sure it turns off. If the button turns white from red, it means you may rotate your iPad screen again.

turn off device orientation lock from right corner

For Pad with iOS 11 or earlier: Scroll down from the bottom edge of the screen to open Control Center. Just click the same button to let it turn off.

turn off device orientation lock from bottom

2. For iPad with a Side Switch

If you do not find the Rotation Lock Button, just see if your device has a Side Switch. If you have an iPad with a side switch, you can set the side switch to work as a rotation lock or mute switch. Next, you need to open Setting and then General. Find User Side Switch To select Mute, so your iPad can rotate automatically.

use side switch to turn off

Lastly, after you finish one of the steps, try to test whether iPad gets normal. If this does not work, try the following fixes.

Fix 3: Try different apps to test the iPad screen

Maybe, some apps cannot support portrait or landscape mode. If you are using them, your iPad will not rotate its screen. You may try to use Apple standard apps for a test, such as Safari, Photos or Calendar. If the screen can be rotated again, then it is the app' s issue rather than iPad itself. And you can search online to see if others face similar problems when using the specific app.

Fix 4: Force restart iPad

Force restart is the common solutions for most iPad issues. Before you force restart iPad, you need to quit all apps on your device.

For iPad without home button: quickly hold and release the Volume Up button, and then the Volume Down. Next, hold the Power button until the Apple logo occurs.

force restart the ipad without home button

For iPad with home button: simultaneously press the Sleep/Wake and Home buttons for several seconds before the device shutdowns and restart itself. After the Apple logo appears, you can release the buttons.

force restart ipad with home button


Although the four solutions above vary, they are common in their effectiveness and easiness to let you fix your iPad not rotating. If you believe your iPad simply turn on Device Orientation Lock, you may try fix 2 firstly. However, downloading TunesKit is not harmful. Whenever you face any kind of iOS system issues, you can open it and fix your device easily.

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