I often take the fact that I can rotate my iPhone’s screen between portrait and landscape orientation for granted when I’m watching videos. But there’s no disputing the fact that iOS’ auto-rotation feature can be just as annoying as it is handy, and this is why Apple provides a toggle in Control Center for turning auto-rotation on or off on demand.

While it’s nice to have the ability to toggle auto-rotation on or off on demand, that very process can be just as cumbersome as dealing with accidental auto-rotations. With that in mind, we believe that a newly released jailbreak tweak called ConfirmRotate by iOS developer CardboardFace meets us all halfway by providing the functionality we truly want.

Just as the tweak’s name implies, ConfirmRotate displays a confirmation message when your handset is about to rotate its display orientation and lets you choose what happens next. In the screenshot examples above and below, one depicting portrait orientation and the other depicting landscape orientation, you can see just what this prompt looks like and how the user would interact with it.

This tweak will be especially helpful in situations where the user lays down sideways in bed, as their iPhone will likely want to switch into landscape orientation when it detects this. With ConfirmRotate, the user can simply prevent this from happening, permitting them to enjoy an uninterrupted portrait mode experience.

Once installed, users will find a dedicated preference pane in the Settings app where they can configure a number of options:

Here, you can:

  • Toggle the tweak on or off on demand
  • Hide or show tweak alerts
  • Make device resume Portrait orientation upon switching apps
  • Disable orientation lock when the handset is locked
  • Configure pop-ups
  • Blacklist apps
  • Animate rotations

The developer includes an Apply button at the top right of the preference pane so that you can save any changes you make to the option list.

Whether you’re simply tired of the way iOS handles auto-rotation or you’re looking for a way to make your jailbroken handset stand apart from the crowd, ConfirmRotate is a great way to do either of these things. Best of all, it’s not as intrusive as Apple’s Rotation Lock feature, as it provides more an on-the-fly decision-making experience.

The tweak is available as a $0.99 purchase from the Packix repository via your preferred package manager and supports all jailbroken iOS 11, 12, and 13 devices. Moreover, you will need the LibSparkAppList dependency from SparkDev’s repository if you don’t already have it.

Will you be downloading ConfirmRotate? Share why or why not in the comments section below.