Voice Over and Orientation Lock

iOS & iPadOS

Back when I got my first iPhone and was getting training on using it with Voice Over, I was told that if you have Voice Over turned on, you should also have Orientation Lock turned on as well.

I know that with the Orientation Lock turned on you avoid getting confused by having the phone switch its orientation on you, but is it really a requirement or just someone's opinion?




Submitted by OldBear on Sunday, April 29, 2018

Voiceover works fine either way.

Submitted by Dawn on Sunday, April 29, 2018

I have it on. While it may not be a requirement, it'll definetely save you some confusion when the device switches orientation on you. I use my device in landscape mode because I think that's easier for me to work with. And while I can work with portrait mode, that's not my 1st choice. So, if you don't mind your device switching orientation on you, then you can leave it off. But, if you are used to using your device in a certain orientation, and that's your preferred orientation, then I'd say turn on orientation lock.

Submitted by Jeff on Sunday, April 29, 2018

I've never heard that orientation lock was a suggested setting and I do not have mine locked. It's never been a problem for me. In fact, Voiceover will announce the orientation change when it occurs. I think it's strictly a matter of personal preference.

Submitted by Bingo Little on Monday, April 30, 2018


Just one more consideration to add into the mix: some apps display different information depending on whether the phone's orientation is in landscape or portrait. The example that springs to mind is ECB cricket, which displays abbreviated scorecards in portrait mode but very full scorecards and match information in landscape mode. Whether you like cricket or not, I doubt ECB Cricket is the only example of this. Quite apart from that, it's definitely not a requirement that orientation be locked. Personally when I activated lock orientation by accident I found it very annoying. it comes down to what you prefer, and whether you're content with the idea that in some apps you might miss out on part of the user experience with orientation locked.

Submitted by Ekaj on Monday, April 30, 2018

This is good to know. I'm going for my first iPhone training session on Thursday, and I already have some questions for the person with whom I'm going to work. This is one of them. I have been using my iPhone only with Siri, and I really like it thus far but have run into some issues.

Submitted by Ekaj on Friday, May 4, 2018

I attended my first iPhone tutorial session today, and among other things my tutor recommended turning on the orientation lock. So that's what we did and my iPhone is much simpler to use. Let's hope the lock is still on tomorrow when I power my phone back on. The tutor told me and my father that having the lock on makes the phone much easier to use with VoiceOver.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Friday, May 4, 2018

Not to worry. Once you turn on a setting such as the orientation lock, it will remain unless you change it. As a side note... I'm wondering why you power down your phone overnight? This isn't necessary. Besides, it's faster to browse during those midnight hours when you can't sleep or when just waking up, you can catch up on the news. Just curious. There's nothing wrong with overnight powerdown.

Submitted by Orko on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

About the only reason I can think of to to power down the phone at night is to extend the battery life between chargings.

Submitted by Ann Marie B on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I have my phone set to portrate because it drives me nuts if I did not have lock orientation on. It all depends on what you prefer; if you don't mind having your phone switching on you...

Submitted by Ann Marie B on Tuesday, May 8, 2018

In reply to by Ekaj

You can set the lock orientation by swipping up from the bottom of the screen with 3 fingers to activate the control center. Once the control center is activated, swipe right to "lock orientation" dubble tap it to switch it on. Hope this helps.