How to stop your Android phone's screen from rotating

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As great as they are, smartphones come with a whole host of annoyances. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I’m in the middle of something and I tilt the phone too far to one side, and everything onscreen switches orientation. Argh! Android has a setting to prevent this, but it isn’t in the most convenient location.

First off, find your Settings app and open it. Next, tap Display under the Device heading, then remove the checkmark next to Auto-rotate screen to disable the screen rotation setting. To turn the setting back on, go back and check the box.

Unfortunately, stock Android doesn’t provide any other way to get to this setting—there’s no shortcut available through the slide-down notification shade, for example—so to toggle this setting, you’ll have to stop what you’re doing, go to the Settings app, and switch it on or off.

If you're using a phone from LG, Samsung, or HTC, you'll likely find easier access to the auto-rotate setting in the notifications shade. And of course, there are tons of widgets in the Google Play Store, so you can put the toggle right on your home screen.

It’s a bit of a hassle, and hopefully Google puts the auto-rotate setting in an easier-to-access spot in a future version of Android.

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