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iPad lock symbol? why?

40008 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2012 8:37 AM by RubiconMA RSS
DennisBoyd68 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 15, 2012 2:55 PM

What about the lock symbol in the upper right corner of my iPad 3, in front of time left, how do I get rid of it?

  • tonefox Level 5 Level 5 (7,755 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 3:07 PM (in response to DennisBoyd68)

    A more reasonable question would be to find out what it means.  You have locked your screen to portrait mode.  You get rid of the symbol by unlocking portrait mode.  Double tap the Home button, swipe as far left as it goes and tap the matching symbol.  Then find and read the user guide.

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 3:58 PM (in response to tonefox)

    The lock symbol with a circular arrow simply means your screen is locked and will not rotate when you turn your iPad. It can be locked in either orientation, portrait OR landscape.


    You may have moved the slide switch on the side of the iPad. That switch is usually set to lock screen rotation. If the slide switch shows red, move it to the none red position.

  • Philly_Phan Level 6 Level 6 (11,010 points)
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    Jun 15, 2012 4:24 PM (in response to DennisBoyd68)

    The side switch is the key.  Depending on your settings, it may affect the mute or it may affect the rotation lock.  This support article from Apple provides detail.


    In case you're wondering, here is the history.  Originally, the mechanical switch affected only the rotation lock and the mute was a software switch elsewhere.  In IOS-3, it was changed to be the mute switch and the rotation lock became a software switch.  This was done to ensure consistency among IOS devices.  Unfortunately, a large quantity of users complained loudly, alleging that they turned the rotation lock on and off several times every hour and the convenience of the mechanical switch is essential.  In IOS-4, Apple bowed to the whiners and made the switch function selectable and now we're stuck with a mess.

  • RubiconMA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 29, 2012 8:37 AM (in response to DennisBoyd68)

    I have a similar problem...I have the lock appearing on the very top where the time used to be. The issue is that my screen still rotates, and the volume switch is unlocked....but the lock is still there!


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