3. Stop the relentless screen flipping
IPhones canâ€™t always figure out which way is up. There are plenty of times when youâ€™re lying down or leaning back that the phoneâ€™s screen keeps shifting from portrait to landscape â€“ now itâ€™s portrait... and back to landscape. There is a way to stop this constant screen rotation.
First, double-click the iPhone home button. This will bring up a list of recently opened apps. Swipe the list from left to right. That will reveal a set of music controls â€“ stop, play, skip track, etc. Ignore those for right now because weâ€™re interested in the far-left button â€“ that gray icon with a circular arrow. Touch the icon and a message will come up reading, â€śPortrait Orientation Locked.â€ť Now, it doesnâ€™t matter if youâ€™re reading a text message sideways on a roller coaster, your screen will stay vertical.
If you canâ€™t remember whether your screen has been locked or not, check for the lock icon next to your battery indicator in the top-right corner. Curiously, this trick only works vertically. You can't lock it to a horizontal orientation.