iPhone User Locking Orientation When Opening an App
Khamosh Pathak

The iPhone orientation lock lacks context awareness. Opening YouTube or Netflix won’t disable the lock, nor will opening a news-reading app enable it. Thankfully, there’s a Shortcuts automation to automatically toggle the orientation lock when using certain apps.

As long as your iPhone is running iOS 14.5 or higher, you have access to a Shortcuts action called “Set Orientation Lock.” Using this action, you can create a shortcut automation that will enable or disable the portrait orientation lock.

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The Automation feature in Shortcuts supports many triggers, ranging from the time of day to opening or closing apps. In this guide, we’ll focus on the opening and closing app trigger.

When using the Orientation Lock action in a shortcut, you can create multiple automations depending on your needs. For example, you can disable the orientation lock when opening Netflix or YouTube. Then, you can create another one for reenabling it when closing the Netflix or YouTube app.

In the following guide, we’ll walk you through the process of setting up an automation that disables orientation lock when you open an app (Netflix or YouTube).

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To get started, first, open the “Shortcuts” app on your iPhone and navigate to the “Automations” tab.

Tap on Automations tab from the Shortcuts app

Tap the “+” button from the top.

Tap on Plus button from Automations tab

Choose the “Create Personal Automation” option.

Tap Create Personal Automation

Now, from the triggers list, tap the “App” option.

Select App as Trigger

Here, tap the “Choose” button from the “App” section.

Tap Choose from App

Search for and add the app that you want to create the automation for. You can choose multiple apps here as well. Tap “Done” to save your selection.

Select Apps as Triggers

Make sure that the “Is Opened” option is selected. This makes sure that the automation runs when you open the selected apps. Then, tap the “Next” button from the top.

Configure Automation and Tap Next

It’s time to create the shortcut. Here, tap the “Add Action” button.

Tap Add Action from Automation

Search for and add the “Set Orientation Lock” action.

Select Set Orientation Lock Action

By default, this action is set to toggle the orientation lock. But we want to disable it, so tap the “Toggle” button for more options.

Tap Toggle

From the pop-up, choose the “Turn” option.

Choose Turn Option

Next, tap the “On” button so that it switches to the “Off” settings. The shortcut is now complete. Tap the “Next” button.

Choose Off Option and Tap Next

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By default, the shortcut automation will send you a notification that you’ll have to tap to trigger the automation. Toggle off the “Ask Before Running” option to disable this feature.

Tap to Disable Ask Before Running

From the pop-up, tap the “Don’t Ask” button to confirm.

Tap Don't Ask from Popup

Now, this automation will run automatically in the background. Once you’re done, tap the “Done” button.

Tap Done to Save The Automation

And that’s it. The automation is now complete.

The next time you open the Netflix or YouTube app, you’ll see a notification saying that the app has triggered the shortcut.


Now that you’ve created the automation for disabling the portrait orientation lock when opening an app, you can create another automation to reenable it when you close the apps. You can repeat the instructions above with a few modifications.

When you’re setting up the shortcut, make sure to select the “Is Closed” option.

Select Is Closed from Automation

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And in the shortcut action, set the orientation to “Turn On.”

Set Turn Orientation lock On in Action


You don’t have to spend time creating complex shortcuts to automate actions on your iPhone or iPad. You can just download community-created shortcuts and start using them in just a second!

RELATED: How to Find and Install Third-Party Shortcuts on iPhone and iPad

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Khamosh Pathak is a freelance technology writer who specializes in tutorials. His work has also been published on Lifehacker, iPhoneHacks, Zapier's blog, MakeUseOf, and Guiding Tech. Khamosh has nearly a decade of experience writing how-tos, features and technology guides on the internet.
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