Rotation Lock

This tweak adds a Rotation Lock button to iOS’ native video player

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?

ConfirmRotate prevents accidental display rotations, especially in bed

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.

Make iOS’ Rotation Lock less cumbersome with Oriental

The ability to switch between landscape and portrait orientation on the iPhone can be godsend in certain situations, but in certain situations, it can be a real pain in the (redacted) — especially when in bed and your iPhone thinks laying on your side means that you want landscape orientation.

Apple combats this problem with iOS’ optional Rotation Lock feature, but this necessitates an additional step on the user’s part. For that reason, iOS developer Ubik has made a new and free jailbreak tweak called Oriental, which aims to make display rotation smarter for the iOS platform in general.

This tweak makes iOS’ auto rotation feature more intelligent

iOS’ automatic screen rotation feature can be great when you’re indulging in activities during which landscape orientation would offer an improved reading or viewing experience, but some instances exist in which it becomes more of a headache than it’s worth.

If you’re a chronic Rotation Lock user because you feel that iOS’ auto rotation feature needs improvement, then we have a hunch you’ll come to appreciate a newly released jailbreak tweak dubbed I’mLyingDownDamnit by iOS developer CardboardFace.

3 ways to turn off iPhone screen rotation

Stop iPhone from Rotating Screen

Many apps on your iPhone will change orientation as you rotate your screen. These include apps like Mail, Calculator, Calendar, Messages, and some third-party apps. But there are times when you accidentally move your device in a way that rotates the screen, which can be distracting or even annoying.

If you’d like to stop your iPhone from rotating the screen, this short tutorial shows you how.

SmartRotate: a video-friendly Rotation Lock for your iPhone

While iOS’ built-in Rotation Lock feature can be an asset at times, there are also instances where it tends to be a real pain in the fanny. Case in point: when you begin watching a video and your handset won’t rotate into landscape mode until you manually turn Rotation Lock off.

iOS developer LaughingQuoll understood the problem with this implementation by Apple and set out to come up with a better solution. The result? – A new jailbreak tweak called SmartRotate has now been released.

Video Direction Control lets rotation lock users enjoy videos in landscape orientation without fuss

The rotation lock feature on any iOS device can be extraordinarily useful, except when it’s not. More specifically, it tends to be less convenient when you watch videos because it tries to display the (usually widescreen) video in portrait orientation on your tall-displayed device, resulting in something like what you see above on the left.

Fortunately, those with jailbroken handsets can now spearhead this problem dead-on with a new free jailbreak tweak called Video Direction Control (iOS 11) by iOS developer rf00.