Have you experience your iPad suddenly refused to rotate as usual? I have experienced this issue a couple of times. Fortunately, I have always been able succesful with this orientation issue (so far). For your information, my iPad is the old iPad 2, running iOS 6.1 (not yet upgraded to iOS 7 as the main illustration above 🙂 ). So, these are my steps whenever I face the orientation issue.
- Make sure you don’t activate the orientation lock feature. You can check if this feature on or off from the menu bar. if you see a lock on the left side of your battery indicator, that indicate that your orientation lock is active. If the orientation lock is active, this might be the problem. If you set the orientation lock switch to control the orientation lock, you can simply flick the switch to off (no orange dot is seen). If you set the orientation switch to mute/ring switch, you will be able to switch off the orientation lock by following these steps:
- In iOS 6 or previous gen of iOS, you can de-activate the orientation lock feature by double tap your home button (or swipe up with four fingers if you have activated the gesture) to activate the multitasking. Then, swipe left to reveal some more settings. You will find lock icon at the most left. Make sure it is turn off. If you have turned off the orientation lock feature, the lock icon in the menu bar will be one.
- In iOS 7, you can find this setting easier through Control Center. You simply swipe up from the bottom of the screen to the middle to activate the Control Center. Find the one with lock figure. If the orientation lock has been deactivate, you will see the icon is dim and the lock icon in the menu bar will be gone as well.
- If your orientation lock is not active but you still can’t rotate the orientation of your iPad, continue to the next steps.
- Close ALL applications running in the background
- Turn off your iPad by pressing and holding the lock button until the screen is off
- Let the iPad off for a few minutes
- Place your iPad in opposite orientation that you are stuck with (e.g you stuck in the portrait orientation, you need to position your iPad in horizontal position and vice versa)
- Turn on the iPad again by press and hold the lock button until the Apple logo appears
- Your device should be able to rotate automatically again
So, that’s what I did to deal with this orientation issue every time it appears. I suspect that there’s certain apps cause this or sometimes too many applications running in the background can cause this issue.
I don’t know if this issue is still present in other generation of iPad or in newer iOS version.
Let me know how effective these tips are in the comment section 🙂