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How to force landscape or portrait mode in apps like Instagram and others (Android)

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How to force landscape or portrait mode in apps like Instagram and others (Android)
If you're an Instagram user, you've probably noticed that the app is always in portrait mode, regardless of your device's screen orientation. Of course, Instagram's UI is specifically designed to work best in portrait mode, but what if you sometimes want to view it in landscape mode? Well, there are some Android apps that can force your screen to be displayed in any orientation, at any time. Set Orientation is such an app, and it's very easy to use (as a bonus, it's free).

Set Orientation can be downloaded from Google Play - see the download link at the end of this article. After you install it and open it, the app will show a drop-down menu that lets you choose between different screen orientation modes. If you want your screen to always rotate according to the way you're holding your device, you have to choose "Automatic (full)", then tap OK. This way, Instagram and any other portrait-only or landscape-only app will rotate according to your device's position. Set Orientation can also make your screen always display everything in portrait or landscape mode.

After opening Set Orientation, you'll notice that the app will stay in your status bar, always being just a swipe away. You can get rid of it by choosing "Disabled" from the app's drop-down menu (this will also re-enable your device's default screen orientation settings). If you want to change your screen orientation habits again, you'll have to re-open the Set Orientation app.


source: Google Play

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posted on 18 Feb 2016, 00:08

1. techperson211 (Posts: 1176; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Nice app, thanks for the tip PA.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 00:24

2. TheOracle1 (Posts: 142; Member since: 04 May 2015)


Thanks PA. Very useful.

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