To see an image that was taken in landscape mode, you’re going to rotate your device in that direction. But sometimes no matter how many times you turn your phone, it just won’t rotate
The reason for this failure can be for different reasons. You might need to go with a trial and error solution, but hopefully, you’ll find the solution sooner rather than later.
The Basic Solutions
Let’s get the apparent solutions out of the way. Sometimes a simple reboot will do the job. If that doesn’t work, try checking if you’ve accidentally turned off the screen rotation option. If the screen rotation is already on try turning it off and then on again.
To check this setting, you can swipe down from the top of the display. If it’s not there, try going to Settings > Display > Screen rotation.
The G-Sensor and Accelerometer
Another reason why your Android device is not auto rotating is either because the G-sensor or the accelerometer is malfunctioning.
If your sensors are indeed not working correctly, you could try re-calibrating your phone by using the integrated feature or a third-party app such as GPS Status & Toolbox.
Some phones don’t allow you to re-calibrate your phone by using an integrated feature, but others do. For example, Sony won’t let you calibrate your sensors but LG will. With LG phone just go to Settings > General tab > Motion. You’ll see a series of instructions you’ll need to follow, and things should end smoothly.
Discard a Third-Party App as the Culprit
Poorly coded apps are known to cause all types of problems. Locate the last app you installed before your Android stopped rotating.
If you can’t remember which apps you installed at that time, uninstall the ones that you think could be the culprit. Don’t worry about forgetting the name of those apps since I’ll show you later how you can easily recover them.
The method that will get your Android device into safe mode will depend on the type of phone you have. A technique that usually works on most phones is the following:
- Turn off your phone
- After five seconds long-press on the Power button until you see the phone’s logo
- When you see the logo let go and immediately press the volume down button
- Keep pressing the volume down button until the phone reboots
- When the phone is on, you should see the Safe Mode logo on the bottom of your display
To recover an app whose name you can’t remember open Google Play and tap the hamburger icon. Tap on My Apps & games and select the Library tab. Here you’ll see a list of all the apps you’ve recently uninstalled.
Rotation Control App
If you suspect that the Auto-rotate button could be to blame you can change the way you access the feature. A popular app you can use is Rotation Control.
This app prevents other apps from changing the screen orientation. So, Rotation Control can easily avoid any conflict if more than one app accesses the feature.
Swipe down from the top of your device’s display and choose if you want the app to autorotate or stay in a particular mode.
If All Else Fails
If you think that you’ve tried every method out there and your Android device still won’t rotate, it’s time to take it in for service.
You could be facing some hardware issues that can only be fixed there. If your device is still under warranty, then you should be covered by that anyway.
No one ever said that having a smartphone wasn’t going to have its downsides. At the end, it all comes down to a trial and error method until you come across the method that works for you. Did I miss a method you use? Leave a comment and share it with us.