11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 26, 2011 6:26 AM by ellykurnia
mubarik Level 1 (0 points)

My screen is not rotating. Settings show tick on using side button to lock rotation. Tried to switch off ipad and on again, no luck. Help appreciated

iPad 2, iOS 4.3.1
  • josith Level 1 (20 points)

    This may seen like really obvious advice, but I had this problem.  Press and hold the sleep button, turn the iPad off, then do the same to turn it back on.  Worked for me!

  • josith Level 1 (20 points)

    Sorry, replying to my own stupidity. Ignore that last comment.

  • tonefox Level 6 (9,160 points)

    The real obvious choice: as you have selected the side button to lock rotation, have you tried using it to unlock rotation? It has two positions...  

  • mubarik Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Josith

    Thank you for your adv.

    Screen had stopped rotating last night. This morning ipad stopped connecting to wifi broadband as well.


    Tried your adv. Just now. Worked like a charm for both problems.

    Adv. Much appreciated


  • adam203 Level 1 (0 points)

    Restart the iPad 2: Press and hold down the sleep/wake on the front of the iPad 2 for few seconds until the red slider appears, slide this across to shut the iPad 2 down. Restart the iPad 2 by pressing the Sleep/wake button on the top until the Apple logo appears.


    Worked for me too.

  • subbaiah Level 1 (0 points)

    You must check the mechanical switch above the volume control button. Just slide it and an icon will appear to show your rotation is unlocked.

  • dasjazz0411 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was a bit skeptical about the reboot technique but it actually worked.  Now my iPad 2 rotates the way it should.  BTW the Lock Rotation setting only determines whether you use the hardware button on the side of the device as a lock rotation button or for muting the sound.  Rotation should work whether you use the side button for locking or the soft button you access by double clicking the home button on front of the device.


    At any rate, now rotation is working as expected.



  • prestonseifer Level 1 (0 points)

    I noticed mine was doing the exact same thing when I took off one my ipad skins.  I tried the re-boot technique and it did not work.  Any other options to go with if the ipad still doesn't rotate after the re-boot?  The mechanical switch is unlocked as well.  Any help would be great, thanks guys.

  • King_Penguin Level 10 (120,161 points)

    Is the switch set to control rotation lock (via Settings > General > Use Side Switch To) ? The function that the side switch isn't controlling (rotation lock or notification lock) is controlled via the left-hand end of the taskbar instead. More info here http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4085

  • Slukeapple Level 1 (0 points)

    I just bought my ipad2 and this issue has just occurred! Reboot sorted it for me.

  • ellykurnia Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem here, even reset all doesn't fix the problem, the screen is not rotating again