Mobile phones these days are designed to auto rotate the screen depending on their current orientation. If you’re holding the phone sideways, then the phone will go into landscape viewing mode, and portrait mode if you’re holding the phone upright. Most everyone is used to this by now, as candy bar shaped smartphones are nothing new.
Problem is, you don’t always want your screen to auto rotate. There are times when you’d like the phone to stay in portrait or landscape, no matter how you’re holding the device. That’s where an orientation or rotation lock comes in handy. You can lock the screen view so it stays in one particular orientation at all times.
Today, I’m going to show you how to do it on your brand spanking new Blackberry Z10. It’s incredibly simple to do.
While on the Blackberry home screen, swipe your finger down from the top of the screen. This will bring up the standard settings menu, and you should see various icons. Next, just tap the rotation lock icon. After tapping the icon, you’ll notice the outline colors will change from white to bright blue, indicating that the rotation lock is active.
Wallah! No pesky screen rotation anymore.
To turn it off, simply perform the same action and tap the rotation lock icon again.
I do this for a lot of different things, for example when reading ebooks or watching movies I hold the device in front of me and sometimes it can tip or shift. It sucks when I accidentally tilt the device and send it into a rotating frenzy. With the rotation lock on, the device stays in landscape while watching movies, and portrait while reading ebooks. It’s a brilliant feature to have!
Although, the rotation lock feature isn’t anything new. Smartphones have been incorporating a similar function for quite some time now, and you can typically find it on any Android or iPhone.