You try to watch the latest trailer for the new Deadpool movie in your YouTube app which you’re hoping to catch some time soon. You decide after watching it, that you should text your friend whether they would like to join you for the movie.

 

But for some reason, when you’re in your Messages app you find that your iPhone’s screen doesn’t rotate back to Portrait mode after you used it in Landscape mode.

 

You even tried messing around with the Screen Rotate setting turning it off and on in your Control Center.

 

But nope. Nothing works.

 

In this guide I’ll show you how you can fix the screen rotation bug that you get in your iPhone on iOS 11 in less than 3 minutes of your time.

 

 

 

How to Fix Screen Rotation Bug with iPhone on iOS 11: 8 Ways

 

Make sure to go from 1 to 8 accordingly.

 

1.  Try Switching it Off and On. One More Time.

You may have already tried turning off and turning back on the Rotation setting in your iPhone’s Control Center. If you already have then you can jump onto the next method below.

However, if you have not tried yet, then here’s how you do it:

Step 1:  Bring up your Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen.

 

Step 2:  Got it? Great! Now do you see your Screen Rotation button? (it’s the one right next to the moon-shaped icon which is your Do Not Disturb button). Just tap on it to turn it on/off. You will see that the button will turn orange.

 

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Step 3:  Lastly, just tap on it once again to turn it off/on.

 

You can check if the screen rotation bug has been fixed with the app that you were trying to view with.

 

 

 

2.  Get Your iPhone to Sleep. Then Wake it up.

It’s pretty simple.

Step 1:  Just press on your Power button on top (if you’re on iPhone 8 or earlier) or on the side (if you’re on iPhone X). This will lock (or in other words put it in Sleep mode) your iPhone.

Step 2:  Then, just unlock it back again (waking it up from Sleep mode) by pressing on your Power button once again.

You can try to see if your iPhone properly rotates its screen now.

If not, try the next solution which has proven to have worked for many other users who had the same screen rotation bug like you’re having right mow ..

 

 

 

3.  Restart your iPhone.

Turning off the iPhone and then turning it back on did the trick to fix the screen rotation for many of the users over at Apple Support Communities who happened to be in the same situation as you are right now with the same bug.

Here’s how if you don’t know how to turn off and on your iPhone:

If you’re on an iPhone X.

Step 1:  Go ahead press and hold down on your Side button and either one of your Volume buttons until you see “Slide to power off” on your iPhone.

 

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Step 2:  Next, all you have to do is just slide to completely turn off your iPhone.

 

Step 3:  After your iPhone X turns off, just press and hold your Side button again to turn it back on.

Done. You can try checking your lock screen to see if the music player has gone away.

 

If you’re on iPad, iPhone 8, 8 Plus or earlier.

Step 1:  Go ahead press and hold down on your Top (or Sidebutton until you see “Slide to power off” on your iPhone.

 

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Step 2:  Next, all you have to do is just slide to completely turn off your iPhone.

 

Step 3:  After your iPhone turns off, just press and hold your Top (or Sidebutton again to turn it back on.

Done. You can try checking your lock screen to see if the music player has gone away.

 

Note

Since you’re on iOS 11 or later, you can also turn off your iPhone by jumping into your Settings > General and then tap Shut Down to turn off your iPhone. 

 

You can try checking to see if the bug has gone away. If not, then you’re gonna need to take up some tougher measures.

 

 

 

4.  Hard Reset (a Force Restart)

A software crash is a pretty common problem that happens to a lot of Apple users. 

In such case the best way to get it fixed, is to do something called a hard reset.

A hard reset ain’t that really hard to understand. Just think of it as how you normally restart your iPhone but with this it clears more of your device’s unwanted garbage memory. (it’s NOT your storage. You won’t lose any of your data).

Sweet. So here’s how you do it:

If you’re on an iPhone 8, 8 Plus or on iPhone X

Step 1:  Quickly press and release your Volume Up button then press and release your Volume Down button.

Step 2:  Then, press and hold your Power button (iPhone 8 or 8 Plus) or your Side button (iPhone X). Hold it until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

 

If you’re on an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus

Step 1:  Go ahead and press the Power button and your Volume Down button at the same time. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

 

If you’re on an iPhone 6S or older 

Step 1:  Go ahead and press and hold your Power button together with your Home button at the same time. Hold it for at least 20 seconds until the Apple logo appears on the screen.

 

Once you’re done hard resetting your iPhone, you can try checking to see if your screen rotates the way it should. If not, then keep reading.

 

 

 

5.  Restore your iPhone.

Restoring your iPhone back to how you first bought it can patch up some things such as your settings on your iPhone which might have over time caused the screen rotation to not work as it supposedly should.

 

Note
Make sure that you back up your iPhone’s data before you restore it. I’ll show you how you can do that below in the steps. 🙂

 

Here’s how you can backup your information and then restore your iPhone back to as good as new:

Step 1:  First, let’s get your iPhone backed up because we don’t want another problem in our hands. So grab your iPhone’s USB cable (your charging cable) and then stick it into your iPhone.

 

Step 2:  Now before you stick the USB cable into your computer, open up your iTunes. Once your iTunes has opened, you can connect your iPhone to your computer.

 

Step 3:  Good. Next, select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes by tapping that little phone-shaped icon that’s right at the top onto your left hand corner. See it?

 

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Wait, my computer is not recognizing my iPhone. 

You can read the below article that I have written. The article is quiet old, I think it’s one of the first articles I have written since I started Saint but it works and has helped a number of our readers. I’ll be updating it within this week. 🙂

5 Ways to Fix Computer Not Recognizing iPhone (You’ll Be Glad You Did)

 

 

Step 4:  Once you’ve opened your iPhone in iTunes, all that you have to do to back up all the information that is on it is to click on that blue Back Up Now button (it’s under Backups).

 

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Step 5:  Give it a few minutes to back it all up. You can see if the backup has successfully finished under the heading Latest Backups (it’s right under where you just clicked to Back Up Now).

 

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Step 6:  Once you have all your precious data backed up safely, you can now factory restore it. To restore it, all that you have to do is just tap on the blue Restore iPhone button.

 

screen rotation bug with iphone on iOS 11

 

 

Step 7: Next, click Restore again to confirm. Your iTunes will erase all your data, downloads the latest iOS updates and then patches up everything back to how you first got your iPhone.

 

screen rotation bug with iphone on iOS 11

 

 

Step 8: After it has restored, you can open up your iPhone and test out to see if the Screen Rotation bug has been fixed. You can then restore your iPhone from the backup that you saved right in your iTunes itself, all by just clicking the blue Restore Backup button.

 

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Done! You can try checking your iPhone to see if the bug has been fixed.

 

 

 

6.  DFU Mode (Optional)

This is the deepest type of restore that you can for your iPhone and usually it’s the last resort to fix every problem you might get with your iPhone. 

Now what does a DFU Restore do?

Well, when you perform a DFU Restore, it fixes your iPhone by restoring the very code that builds up/controls both the software and hardware of your iPhone.

 

But you don’t have to do this.

If you feel that a restore is not very much needed since this is such a small issue then you don’t have to do this and you can keep reading to try one of the other methods below. But if you’re willing to try absolutely anything to fix this problem then this is an option that you can certainly go for .

 

I have written a quick and simple step-by-step guide for you that comes with easy to understand explanation and pictures on how you can put your device into DFU mode

 

How to Put an iPhone in DFU Mode

 

 

7.  Wait, for the next iOS Update.

There’s not much you can do if you tried everything in this list other than to just wait it out or the next iOS update to be rolled out by Apple in the coming weeks.

I understand, it sucks and it’s really frustrating. 🙁

 

 

 

8.  If you really can’t wait, then again you can always visit the Apple Store.

This is not to say the bug will get fixed but it can make you feel better if you really wish to have it looked in person by Apple.

You can pay a visit with the Genius Bar at your nearest Apple Store or Apple Authorized Service Provider. You can also contact Apple Support for help and instructions if your place doesn’t have a Apple Store or an Apple Authorized Service Provider nearby you. 

 

 

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