Android Tips

Rotate Display in Android to Force Landscape Mode on Home Screen and Apps

Now that android devices are boasting bigger and better screens, it has become more convenient and preferable for users to use their devices in landscape mode. Earlier the screens were small in size which made the content look cramped but with the introduction of bigger screens, this problem has been eradicated completely.

People who are using their devices in landscape mode do know how to change the screen orientation but there are plenty of new users who are still not familiar with the features of android operating system. Android devices feature two types of screen orientation – Landscape and Portrait. While by default we use the device in portrait orientation, the landscape mode is preferred when doing tasks like reading, messaging, etc. In the guide below we will tell you how to switch the orientation of your device, assuming the feature is disabled by default.

Step 1: Open the Settings app from the app drawer or home screen.


Step 2: Now select Display under DEVICE. On the next screen check the box that corresponds to Auto-Rotate Screen.


That’s it, now you are done and you can use all the applications in landscape mode. Take a look at the picture below to understand how apps appear in landscape mode.


How to Switch Landscape Mode On Home Screen

There are many people who wish to have landscape orientation on the home screen as well. This is not possible on the Android phones but the feature is available on tablets like the Nexus 7. So how would you change the home screen and lock screen orientation to landscape?

Step 1: Go to Google Play store and download Ultimate Rotation Control. Once it is installed you can configure the app to force orient the screen, and even choose the type of orientation for separate applications. Now to force your phone’s home and lock screen to appear in landscape mode, select Forced under Global Rotation option.


Now you can exit the application and enjoy your device in landscape orientation on all possible screens.



All the methods mentioned above are really helpful when it comes to extracting the extra juice out of your device’s big screen. But the important thing to remember here is that changing your screen’s orientation often will lead to evident battery drain. So it is recommended that when your task is complete, you should lock the orientation back to portrait.

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