How to Enable or Disable Auto-rotate on Android

In this post, you’ll see the steps to enable or disable auto-rotate on Android.

You’ll also see how to turn on or off auto-rotate for a specific app only. Here, I’m using Android 10. Let’s begin.

How to Enable or Disable Auto-rotate on Android

The auto-rotate feature automatically rotates your device’s display when you move your device between landscape and portrait mode.

Here, you’ll see two ways to turn on or off auto-rotate on Android. Pick the one you want.

Remember that the steps to turn it on and off are the same.

Method #1

  1. Swipe down from the top.
  1. You can see the “Auto-rotate” icon. Hit it. Remember that “Green” means enabled.

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Method #2

Open the “Settings” app.

Hit on Display > Advanced.

Hit the “Auto-rotate screen.” Remember that “Green” means enabled.

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How to Enable or Disable Auto-rotate for a Specific App

The above section turns on or off auto-rotate for the entire Android device.

If you want to turn on or off auto-rotate only for a specific app, this section is for you. 

There are two scenarios. 

  1. If you’ve enabled auto-rotate for the entire device and you want it disabled for a specific app. 
  1. You’ve disabled auto-rotate for the entire device, and you want it enabled for a specific app. 

Whatever your scenario is, the steps below will work for you. 

Steps 

Install and open the AutomateIt app

Tap “My Rules.” 

Hit the “+” icon at the bottom. 

Tap “Application Status Trigger.” 

Hit the “Search” icon and tap the app you wish. In this instance, I’m tapping the Calculator app. Hit the “Next” button. 

Hit “Enable/Disable Screen Rotation Action.” Enable “Allow modifying system settings.” Hit the “Back” button. 

Select “Toggle.” Hit “Next.” 

Provide a name for the rule, and then hit the “Save” icon at the top right. 

The app requires usage access. Here’s how you can provide it. 

Open “Settings.” 

Hit Apps & notifications > Advanced > Special app access. 

Tap “Usage access.” 

Tap “AutomateIt.” 

Enable “Permit usage access.” 

That’s it. 

What you’ve done above is that you’ve created a rule that will toggle the auto-rotate when that specific app is opened. 

Now, you need to create another rule to set the auto-rotate to the state before that specific app is opened.

For example, if your device has auto-rotate enabled and you open the Calculator app. 

Auto-rotate is currently disabled. This happens because of the first rule.

The second rule you’re going to create will enable the auto-rotate when the Calculator app is closed (or not a foreground app) and the phone is locked (or another app is opened). 

Here are the steps to create the second rule:

Tap “My Rules” in the AutomateIt app.

Hit the “+” icon. 

Tap “Application Status Trigger.” 

Hit the “Search” icon and tap the same app for which you’ve created the rule above. In this instance, it’s the Calculator. 

Uncheck the checkbox. Hit the “Next” button. 

Hit “Enable/Disable Screen Rotation Action.” Select “Toggle.” Hit “Next.” 

Provide a name for the rule, and then hit the “Save” icon at the top right. 

That’s all. 

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