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How To: Landscape Mode For Any Android App

How To: Landscape Mode For Any Android App on The Apps Depot Blog

It is hard to believe that once upon a time our mobile phones were small with tiny and square screens. We could barely distinguish something small depicted on them, but we were happy even with that. Though, things change and our demands grow.

Indeed, today we use 6-inch phones but experience a lot of problems with them.

When using such big and rectangular devices, it makes sense to rotate them to see an image or a video in a landscape mode. It seems pretty natural; however, some applications, for instance, Instagram, just refuse to cooperate and rotate with a smartphone.

If you're lucky, you’ll see stretched content that fits the width of the screen. In other cases, apps just stay still and nothing happens. So, is there any solution or we should just accept this?

You might have already guessed that we are going to offer you the way out. It’s about downloading one of the specialized applications on an Android smartphone and following all the instructions.

Set Orientation

Set Orientation Screen Widget

Let’s start with Set Orientation. The app supports Android 1.6+ and will cost you nothing. This is what you should do:

  • Install and launch the app.
  • Tap on the drop-down menu and choose the right screen orientation. 
  • In case you need the screen content to be rotated together with your device, you should choose the Automatic (full) option and press “OK”.
  • Tap “Landscape” to see everything in this mode all the time.

Set Orientation Landscape Orientation

Be aware that after all these manipulations, the app stays always active in the status bar. If you don’t want this, just open its unfolding menu once more and tap “Disabled” to bring back your previous screen orientation parameters. 

Rotation Control Lite

Rotation Control Lite App Screenshots

One more app with similar functionality is Rotation Control Lite, requiring Android 2.2+ for a proper work. It offers 11 orientation modes and promises to cope with every application. However, the rotation won’t be active during a call and with a locked screen. The ad-supported app provides users with a handy widget, too. You may also set sound and vibration to be experienced while rotating. 

Rotation - Orientation Manager 

Rotation - Orientation Manager Functionality

You may also try the Rotation - Orientation Manager app. It works with Android 4.0.3+ and offers a comfortable-to-use control in the notification bar. The app also provides users with a wide range of settings, including the settings for separate apps, themes, vibration length, several widgets and fully-customizable shortcuts, etc. You can quickly switch between the 9 modes available. If you need help, the detailed info is at your disposal just under the Tutorial tab. Besides, the app is completely ad-free. 

Ryan Stone

@freepps_top

Tech junkie, grilled haloumi devourer, cat owner @freepps_top

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    khadav 9 months ago

    I hate paid apps. I have an iPhone 6 , the advantage of a free mobile interface.

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    greson 10 months ago

    In my humble opinion, sometimes, it is quite necessary to launch an application such as Instagram in a landscape mode. So the applications that are described in the article above, can be very useful

    Reply
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