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Set Rotation Lock [webOS 3.0]

by Adam Marks Wed, 27 Jul 2011 3:27 pm EDT

This tip is only for devices running webOS 3.0 and higher

On webOS phones, you always knew the standard way to hold the phone because there is only one direction that made sense with the the physical keyboard, and the OS was essentially locked into that direction. With the release of webOS 3.0 and the TouchPad, there is no longer that single "home" rotation of the device. Instead, the entire OS rotates with the hardware (although some apps may still be locked into a single rotation depending on how the app is coded)

But what about those times that you will want to lock the device to prevent it from rotating from the current view. To lock the rotation, just swipe-down from (or tap on) the top-right corner of the screen to bring down the Connections Menu and tap "Turn on Rotation Lock". A rotation lock icon ( ) will appear on the top-right of the screen and the rotation will be locked until you turn it off. If you are in a PDK app and do not see that top-row, you will not be able to access the dropdown until you minimize the app and go into card-mode.

While webOS and apps will no longer rotate when the lock is set, there are odd situations that may occur that will cause the TouchPad to ignore the rotation lock. The most common one that you will run into is when launching Mojo apps on the TouchPad. Even if the app has been optimized to run full screen of the TouchPad, Mojo apps will launch in portrait mode with the home button at the bottom of the screen (just like how a webOS phone would be held). The TouchPad will maintain that orientation until you minimize the Mojo app to card view and then rotate the device back to the previously locked rotation, where the lock will go back into effect.

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