Which side are you on when it comes to screen rotation?


Android comes with many interesting and useful functions, which can be more or less helpful depending on how you use your phone. But there is one function that has divided Android users: automatic screen rotation. While this function is really handy for some users, others just can’t stand it. 

Admittedly, I’m in the camp of people who don’t like the automatic screen rotation feature. I leave it permanently deactivated on my Android device but occasionally, I might lend my phone to a friend to show them a video or photos from my last holiday, and when I get my phone back, I find the screen madly and unexpectedly rotating and flipping round at 90° or 180°.

Opinion by Jessica Murgia

i’m one of those people who can’t stand automatic screen rotation

What do you think?

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Many people find this functio particularly useful for looking at photos without needing to zoom or to type messages out more quickly with a bigger keyboard.

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Sometimes I use both hands to type on the keyboard but I don’t leave the automatic screen rotation switched on. I must admit that, very rarely, I have activated the function to look at videos or play games but for the most part, I leave my phone in vertical rotation to avoid this irritating flip-flopping every time I unlock my phone.

The moment that I was most infuriated was when I was lounging on my couch trying to read my emails and check Facebook

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I tried leaving this function activated for 24 hours but ultimately, I simply could find a convincing enough reason to change my old habit and leave it on. The moment that I was most infuriated was when I was lounging on my couch trying to read my emails and check Facebook, and it was just impossible to do so with the automatic screen rotation switched on. I could have just lay on my back and that would have solved the problem, but I probably would have got arm cramps after a while.

So what about you? Do you leave this feature activated or deactivated? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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