Samsung Galaxy Tab: Enable/Disable Screen Orientation Lock

The Samsung Galaxy Tab flips the screen orientation to landscape or portrait based on how you are holding the device. If you’re moving around a lot and don’t want the screen orientation to change, you can enable this setting.

1. From a home screen, tap and hold the notification bar at the top of the screen.

2. Continue to hold the bar and slide it down.

3. Now you can tap Orientation lock. When enabled (green indicator lit), the screen will lock in the position you have it. When disabled, the screen will flip between portrait and landscape views.

Comments

  1. pg says

    Thanks so much! Top result on Google and it worked FINALLY NO MORE AGGRAVATING SCREEN! haha :)

  2. liam ronin says

    Hello! Something is wrong with my screen it does not do landscape even i didnt press the orientation lock. Please help!

  3. Charles Stone says

    Useful tip – I have the Galaxy Note and, although slightly different, I saw the Screen Rotation Tab and ‘bobs your uncle’- I now have the screen rotating as before.

    . Cheers Mitch.

  4. Inibehe Nya says

    I found the the guide given very useful. I was able to lock the orientation screen of my Samsung galaxy tab. Kudos!

  5. PattyV says

    I have been having this problem for days now, I thought my there was something wrong with my tab. Thank you for this awesome solution, sir!

  6. Andi Mell says

    @ Rob,

    Brilliant, great advice Rob. “(MEANING SCREEN SHOULD BE FACING THE CEILING )” that’s the piece I was missing. Auto rotate works just fine again after re-calibrating the correct way.

    Cheers

    Andi

  7. Satya says

    Mitch,
    Glad I could find this information for my new galaxy s2. surprised to see google throws your website on top in search for the mobile tips.

    Very happy for you my dear friend.

    Cheers–Satya

  8. Dakili says

    I just want to say thanks to Rob, I looked everywhere for an answer and now seeing this it makes complete sense. It worked for me, first I took off the orientation lock on the front screen and then I did the calibration ie have flat on the table.

  9. lesley says

    Hi Rob

    Many many thanks!! Mt Galaxy Ace not long arrived, playing with it and lost the auto rotate. Without your comment I’d have had no idea!!

  10. Amy says

    Okay. In addition to my 1st comment, I found an app – “auto rotate screen”. Its great that there is a fix; however I shouldnt have to add an app for a feature that should work.

  11. jj says

    hmmm
    i have the same problem
    orientation is not working on my galaxy tab
    but i found the solution thanks to rob

    rob says:
    April 2, 2011 at 11:31 pm
    yup, i had this problem too and tried to find everywhere for solutions, reading all the forums are all BS, telling you you reset,add this etc. is all UNNECESSARY, i found out there is only one thing you need to do to fix this, go to settings then display settings, then horizontal calibration, ok from this point a lot makes a mistake on how they calibrate their sensor, and they all say they tried it and it didnt work , its how you calibrate it ..
    make sure your device is flat on a table, (MEANING SCREEN SHOULD BE FACING THE CEILING ) and not portrait or landscape, FLAT UPRIGHT then press calibrate, the green ball should now move to the center, and now your sensor is calibrated , and screen orientation works

  12. Christine says

    My screen orientation was off (and slow) after the 2.2 update so I tried the calibration tip…but now my screen just doesn’t rotate at all. Joy! Worse than it was before I tried the fix and so far I haven’t found any suggestions for fixing it other than a hard reset which is just not an option.

  13. rob says

    yup, i had this problem too and tried to find everywhere for solutions, reading all the forums are all BS, telling you you reset,add this etc. is all UNNECESSARY, i found out there is only one thing you need to do to fix this, go to settings then display settings, then horizontal calibration, ok from this point a lot makes a mistake on how they calibrate their sensor, and they all say they tried it and it didnt work , its how you calibrate it .. ;-)

    make sure your device is flat on a table, (MEANING SCREEN SHOULD BE FACING THE CEILING ) and not portrait or landscape, FLAT UPRIGHT then press calibrate, the green ball should now move to the center, and now your sensor is calibrated , and screen orientation works ;-)

  14. Rich says

    One cool thing about the SGTab is that it actually allows all four different orientations — go ahead, spin yours around, I’ll wait… I haven’t seen that in any other Android device.

    Does anybody know if it’s possible to force a subset of the four possible orientations? For instance, I don’t have a preference between either landscape choice, but the application I’m developing needs to be landscape, not portrait. I’d like to be able to use either landscape configuration, but block both portrait ones…

    Any suggestions??
    R.

  15. Konrad Herling says

    The orientation widget was working well for me until the last few days. I did get our working again briefly but when I went to use the browser in the middle of our meeting to follow up on a point raised, it moved from portrait to landscape.

    Ideas?

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