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How to Enable Screen Rotation for Specific Apps on Android

In my previous post, I've talked about the steps to enable and disable auto rotate on Android.

But, the thing is that it will apply screen rotation to all the apps.

If you don't want the screen rotation for all the apps and only want that feature for specific apps, then this guide for you.

In this post, we will see 2 apps which help us to enable screen rotation for specific apps on Android. You can pick any app you prefer. Let's get started.

Enable Screen Rotation for Specific Apps on Android

1

You can do this with the AutomateIt pro app and here are the steps:

  • Disable auto rotate on your device (open the Notification bar and tap on "Auto-rotate" to disable it).
  • Open AutomateIt pro app (If you are using free version, check it out the steps discussed below). 
  • Tap on "My Rules" and click on + icon.
  • In the Trigger section, choose the [Compostite OR Trigger].
  • Click the icon at the top beside Composite OR Trigger.
  • Choose Application Status Trigger.
  • Now, click on the Search icon and choose the app you want.
  • Click on OK button.
  • Now use the same above procedure and add as many apps as you want.
  • Application activated trigger
  • Once done, click on Next button.
  • In the Action section, choose "Enable/Disable Screen Rotation Action" and "Enable Screen Rotation". Tap Next.
  • Enable screen rotation
  • Provide the name for the rule and save it.

What we've done so far is that we've disabled screen rotation for the entire device and activated it for the specific apps only.

But, we are not done yet and we need to do some extra steps.

Because the above AutomateIt rule activates the screen rotation when specific apps are activated.

But the screen rotation doesn't get deactivated automatically when those apps got deactivated. And, the screen rotation will work as usual for all apps.

We don't need that to happen and we need to create a rule to disable screen rotation when those specific apps are deactivated.

Here are the steps to do that:

  • Tap on "My Rules" and click on the + icon. In the Trigger section, choose the "Composite OR Trigger". And, then choose the Application Status Trigger.
  • Now, click on the Search icon and select the apps that we've selected in the above rule. Make sure to disable the "Application Activated" check box for all the apps.
  • Application deactivated trigger
  • After you've done, press Next.
  • In the Action screen, choose "Enable/Disable Screen Rotation Action" and "Disable Screen Rotation".
  • Disable screen rotation
  • Provide the name to the rule and save it.

If you are using the free version of AutomateIt, you don't have Composite OR Trigger.

If you want to use this method, then here are the two options:

  • Buy the premium version of the app.
  • Open free version of AutomateIt and create an individual rule for all the apps. Just choose the "Application Status Trigger" in the Trigger section, follow all the remaining steps and it will work fine.
2

"Rotation - Orientation Manager" helps us to do this task easily.

In this instance, I'll disable screen rotation globally for the device and enable it for particular apps only.

But, you can use this app to control the screen orientation of each and every app in the way you want.

Steps​

  • Open the app and provide the Accessibility permissions.
  • Enable the app.
  • Tap "Auto-Rotate Off".
  • Global orientation is set as Auto-rotate off
  • Tap on the Hamburger icon and select "Per App Settings". Every app is enabled and global orientation is applied to them by default.
  • Now, click on the app you want and you can see this screen:
  • Google Play Store orientation mode options
  • Select the screen orientation you want.
  • Do the same for all the apps you want.
  • Screen orientation set for each app

Here are the couple of things to note:

  • You can see so many screen orientation modes for each app and you may find them confusing.
  • So I suggest you to go to Menu > Help and Info > Orientation modes and check out the definition of modes.

    It will give you a clear understanding of what each orientation could do.

  • This app has a lot of settings. I suggest you to play with them to customize it as per your need.

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