Yes, you can still lock the screen orientation in iOS 7 to prevent the display from rotating itself when an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch has been physically turned onto its side. The orientation lock is now in a quicker access location contained within Control Center, making it much faster to access from anywhere than it was before. Regardless, if you’re a creature of habit and haven’t found the setting since it has been moved, don’t feel too bad. Here’s how to get to it faster than ever with Control Center:
- Swipe up from the very bottom of the display to summon Control Center – you can be on the lock screen, at the home screen, or in an app
- Locate the “Orientation Lock” button in the upper right corner, tap on it to toggle ON or OFF
The orientation lock button will be highlighted in white to show it is enabled, and a little icon will appear in the topmost status bar to demonstrate if it’s on as well.
Some users have reported that the screen orientation is stuck vertically or horizontally after they’ve updated a device to the latest version of iOS, but typically this is just a function of that setting being turned ON, and rarely is it indicative of a larger problem. Usually toggling the setting on/off or killing an app will resolve app-specific rotation issues if they are encountered though.
Prior versions of iOS set the orientation lock within the multitasking bar, and for the iPad, as a defined physical button on the side of the device. The physical button option still exists post iOS 7 for the iPad too, and remains an adjustable option within Settings > General.
Control Center is easily one of the most useful additions to iOS which is why we put it in the essential tips for iOS 7 list. With quick access to orientation lock settings, airplane and wi-fi toggles, a flashlight, and so much more, you’ll find yourself flipping in and out of Control Center constantly once you get the hang of it.