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How to Lock and Unlock iPhone 5, 4S, 4 in Portrait Orientation

In iPhones, a sensor is provided to rotate the screen from portrait to landscape mode when the phone is rotated. This, in most applications, is useful. At times, when lying down for example, the feature is, however, undesirable. A provision, therefore, exists in all iPhones to enable or disable the auto rotation facility, thus locking the phone in the portrait mode. The procedure to do this is given below:

For iPhone 4 with iOS-4 operating system (Factory ware)

1.            Press the home button, located at the bottom of the phone, twice. This will cause the multitasking bar to be displayed.

2.            Place a finger on the multitasking bar and swipe it to the right. This will display five icons: a circular arrow, three music control buttons and a music icon for the iPod or Pandora. The circular arrow on the left is the auto rotation control icon.

3.            Tap the auto rotation control icon (circular arrow). An icon of a pad-lock will appear inside the circle. It will either be closed or open. If it is open, it indicates that the autorotation feature has been turned off and the screen will rotate if the phone is rotated. If the icon of the lock shows it in open position, it indicates that the portrait orientation of the screen is locked and the screen will not rotate even if the camera is rotated. Tapping the icon will switch it from one mode to the other. Tap it such that the lock is displayed in the locked position.

4.            Return to the home screen by tapping the home button. In case auto rotation has been disabled, a small icon of the circular arrow with the closed lock inside it will be displayed next to the battery charge button on the main screen.

5.            On rotating the camera, the screen will, now, not rotate.

For iPhone 4S and 5, with iOS – 5 and iOS-6 operating systems

1.            Press the home button, located at the bottom of the phone, twice. This will display icons of the last four, recently used, applications.

2.            Place a finger on the icons and swipe it to the right. This will display five icons: a circular arrow, three music control buttons and a music icon for the iPod or Pandora. The circular arrow is the auto rotation control icon.

3.            Tap the auto rotation control icon (circular arrow). An icon of a pad-lock will appear inside the circle. If the lock is shown closed, it indicates that auto rotation has been disabled. If open it indicates that auto rotation is enabled.

4.            Return to the home screen by tapping the home button. When auto rotation has been disabled in this manner, a small icon of the circular arrow, with the closed lock inside it, will be displayed next to the battery charge button on the main screen. The screen will now be locked and rotating the camera will not rotate the screen.

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