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What to Do When Your iPad Won't Rotate


"My iPad Won't Rotate"
The iPad Lock Rotation Switch

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One of the neat features of the iPad is the ability for the screen to rotate as you turn the device, so when this stops working, it can be frustrating. Luckily, this is an easy issue to fix, and we can even make sure it doesn't happen again.

  1. Not all iPad apps have the ability to rotate the screen, so if you are inside of an app, touch the iPad home button to reach the main screen and try rotating the device. If it rotates, you know it was the app, not the iPad.
  2. Locate the volume buttons on the side of the iPad. Next to these buttons is a switch that can lock the position of the screen. Once you flip this switch, you should be able to rotate the iPad. (An arrow pointed in a circle will appear on the screen when you flip the switch.)

You can change the setting for this switch to mute the sound rather than lock the rotation of the screen, which is a good idea if you never need to lock the iPad's position. Here's how to change the setting:

  1. Go into the iPad settings by touching the Settings icon. (It has the gears on it.)
  2. On the left side of the screen is a list of setting categories. Touch the one labeled "General".
  3. On the right side of the screen is a setting labeled "Use Side Switch to:". To change the setting, touch "Mute".

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Still having problems with your iPad not rotating?

If your iPad doesn't rotate after flipping the switch on the side, it might already be set to use this switch to mute the iPad. If the switch is set on mute, a bell will appear when you flip the switch, with a cross through the bell indicating the iPad has been muted.

You can follow the steps above to set the switch back on rotate, or you can use the following steps to access an on-screen switch for locking the rotation:

  1. First, double click the home button to bring up the task bar at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Next, swipe your finger from left to right across the task bar. This will slide the task bar to the right and reveal a control panel with volume, brightness and a play button.
  3. Check the far left side of this panel for a button that looks like an arrow going in a circle. If there is a little lock symbol in the middle of the circle, your iPad won't rotate. Just touch the button to fix the problem.

Having more problems? Check out the basic troubleshooting guide for more tips..

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