Sometimes the simplest tips are the most helpful ones, and that’s certainly the case with today’s, which will show you how to enable orientation lock on your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Orientation lock allows you to prevent your screen from turning automatically when you rotate your device, and it’s really simple to activate. Simply double-tap your home button to open up the multitasking tray, and make a swipe to the right to display your iPod controls. You’ll notice that to the left of these controls, there’s a button containing a rotating arrow.
Tap this to lock your device in its current orientation.
You’ll always know when orientation lock is active, because you’ll see the icon in your status bar.
On the iPad, you can change the mute switch to act as the orientation lock for quick and easy access, so that you don’t have to keep bringing up the multitasking tray. To do this, open up the Settings app and tap the ‘General’ tab. Under the ‘Use Slide Switch To:’ option, select ‘Lock Rotation’.
You can now use the switch on the side of your device to lock its orientation, and your mute switch will appear in the multitasking tray where orientation lock used to be.