Rotation Lock is a useful feature that I use on my iPhone almost every single day. People use Rotation Lock for a bevy of different reasons, but many would coin video consumption to be a valid use since it can prevent the display from rotating to an uncomfortable orientation in those niche moments like laying in your bed.
Currently, the fastest and most convenient way to toggle Rotation Lock is via the dedicated Control Center toggle, but launching Control Center can interrupt your video playback. With that in mind, wouldn’t it have made perfect sense if Apple had simply integrated a Rotation Lock button into the video player interface to begin with?
Those who agree will probably appreciate a newly released and free jailbreak tweak called AV Orientation Lock by iOS developer Hius. It does exactly what we’ve described above in that it incorporates a dedicated Rotation Lock button at the top-right of iOS’ native video player interface, right beside the volume HUD bar, like so:
Just like the Rotation Lock toggle button in Control Center, the AV Orientation Lock button turns a red color when toggled on and returns to gray when toggled off. This not only helps the user identify which mode their iPhone is in when watching video, but provides a satisfying aesthetic when using the tweak.
Oh and we forgot to mention, it even works in portrait orientation:
It’s important to note that AV Orientation Lock only works with iOS’ native video player, so it won’t work in third-party video player interfaces such as the one found in the YouTube app. With that in mind, uses will be limited, but it’s a nice touch nonetheless. With a little luck, perhaps the developer can add support for some of the more popular third-party video player interfaces in the future.
Those interested in trying the new AV Orientation Lock tweak can download it for free from the Packix repository via their favorite package manager. The tweak supports jailbroken iOS 13 and 14 devices.
Do you like the idea of a fast-access Rotation Lock toggle button in the video player? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.