Kindle Fire: Enable/Disable Screen Rotation

Sometimes the screen on the Amazon Kindle Fire will rotate annoyingly when you’re trying to read. Fortunately you can lock the screen in place and disable the screen rotation.

I wondered what the Locked and Unlocked icon meant when you tap the settings gear. It turns out, that is the setting that disable screen rotation.

Tap the icon to toggle the setting. When it says Unlocked, screen rotation is enabled.

Kindle Fire screen rotation unlocked

When it says Locked, screen rotation is disabled.

Kindle Fire screen rotation locked


  1. donna says

    on the Amazon Tablet 6 – just like Alirut stated – just run your finger down from the top to the bottom. you will see the locked feature. cnet needs to try again.

  2. Rhiannon says

    Thank you! I couldn’t figure out how to do this, but after reading this, did it in about a second.

  3. AliRut says


    This reply is about a year after your question and probably too late to help you but in case others are looking for the same answer the setting is obtained by dragging a finger down from the top of the screen.

  4. carolyn says

    Thanks on the lock. I inadvertently hit the lock key. I LIKE the rotating screen on my kindle, BUT I still cannot get my email account up and running on this kindle!!

  5. Mick says

    Thanks. I like to curl up under the covers before sleep and read email from my special gal. I rooted my Kindle as soon as I took it out of the box and I thought the lock had something to do with a rooting feature and never tapped it. I had given up hope. I also like the comment by Dave T. it is freaking annoying to keep hitting the power button.

  6. Dave T. says

    Found that this feature also helps with dealing with the stupid on/off button on the bottom of the Fire. Reorient the display so the on/off button is on top (basically upside down) then lock it and when turned back on, the display will be set so the on/off button is on the “top”.

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