Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 update adds home screen rotation option

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 update adds home screen rotation option
We're not sure if Samsung has decided that porting features from new smartphones to older ones is good for business, or maybe OnePlus has inspired the South Korean company. After bringing the video lockscreen option from the Galaxy S9 to the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8, Samsung now plans to port yet another feature from its current flagship to those launched last year.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8 update adds home screen rotation option
Apparently, a new update to the Samsung Experience Launcher is bringing the option to rotate the home screen to the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Note 8. Up until now, Samsung Galaxy S9 was the only one with support for home screen rotation, but the update will add it to three other smartphones.

However, it looks like that the option to enable the landscape mode doesn't appear for everyone, even with the latest version of Samsung Experience Launcher, which suggests that Samsung is making it available to users in waves.

Or perhaps Samsung is just testing the feature, so only select users will receive it at first. In any case, you can go ahead and check whether or not the option is available on your phone by heading to Settings / Home screen settings. You should see a new “Portrait mode only” option that you can enable if you want your Home screen to rotate to Landscape mode.

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12 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30515; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nice move Samsung.

2. joeytaylor

Posts: 955; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I always like that feature on the iphone....but you can do it with a launcher

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 30515; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Glad to see it being baked in. It’s a cool feature.

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 582; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I've never been a fan of this feature, but options are always good in my opinion.

4. ad33lmalyk

Posts: 19; Member since: Dec 29, 2017

Sorry Samsung... Nova Launcher all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!

5. Trex95

Posts: 2314; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Had this option from first day got the S9 plus Exyons even before update.

6. stulla

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Rocking video lockscreen on my S7 edge

8. Rager722

Posts: 584; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

How do you get it? I have the S7

9. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

I have it since Lollipop

10. f2help

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2018

very nice to see this feature in galaxy s8 and s8+ expecting its release for note8 too.

11. deleon629

Posts: 432; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

Not yet available in south Korea...

12. apphunter

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 23, 2017

You all can have this feature with app Android P Rotation on play store: play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.thsoft.l​ockrotationp

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