Apple® iPhone® - Lock / Unlock Screen Portrait Orientation Mode

Note Notes:

  • Screen Portrait Orientation mode displays content in landscape (horizontal) or portrait (vertical) and isn't available for all apps. Simply turn the device to change the view.
  • The steps below apply to the following models:
    • iPhone X / XS / XS Max / XR
    • iPhone 8 / 8 Plus
    • iPhone 7 / 7 Plus
    • iPhone SE
    • iPhone 6 / 6 Plus / 6s / 6s Plus
    • iPhone 5 / 5c / 5s
    • iPhone 4 / 4s


  1. Access the Control Center by touching the bottom of any screen then dragging upward.
    Note For the iPhone X, XS / XS Max and XR swipe downward from the upper-right corner of the Home or Lock screen to access Control Center.
  2. Tap the Portrait Orientation icon to lock or unlock screen portrait orientation.
    Note When the icon is highlighted in white, the screen is locked into portrait orientation mode.
    Note The Control Center screen may vary slightly depending on device model.
    Portrait Orientation Lock