You can either stop or enable Android Home Screen rotation in Home Screen settings. But, some users report that the Home Screen is stuck in landscape orientation although they didn’t allow Android Home Screen to rotate. This mostly happens when leaving an application that works only in landscape. Learn more below.
How do I stop my Android home screen from rotating?
You can enable and disable Home Screen rotation to landscape orientation in Home Screen settings. By default, this option is disabled so, if your Home Screen suddenly starts switching to landscape orientation when you rotate your phone, there’s only one option to check. Unless you run a third-party launcher. In this case, you need to look into launcher settings to disable Home Screen rotation.
The exact path to the aforementioned setting might differ based on the Android skin your device runs. Usually, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Open Settings.
- Select Home Screen.
- Look for Rotate to landscape mode or something along those lines.
- Enable this option to allow Home Screen rotation or disable it to stick with portrait orientation at all times.
You can access the same menu if you tap and hold on to the empty space on Home Screen and then open Settings. This is also the best way to access the same settings in third-party launchers.
In some instances, your Home Screen will stick to landscape orientation when you abruptly exit a game played in landscape mode. This happens mostly if Auto-rotation and Home Screen rotation are disabled. What you need to do in this scenario is drop down the notification shade and enable auto-rotation. Or open Settings > Display and enable Auto-rotation there. Once your Home Screen rotates back, you can disable it. That usually works.
Also, there are some third-party apps besides games and launchers that can cause this. The previous solution applies there, too. Just enable auto-rotation and keep your phone in the portrait orientation. If that doesn’t help, give it a quick restart and, after the phone boots, everything should get back to normal.
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