What to do if the screen on your iPad doesn’t flip?

Updated: April 05, 2023
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What to do if the screen on your iPad doesn’t flip?
by Oleksandr Lazariev
Tech Expert & Writer
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Apple products are very high quality and reliable. Nevertheless, tablet owners may face a problem when the screen on their iPad does not flip. As a result, they lose the ability to communicate on the Internet normally, watch videos, read books and play games.

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How does the malfunction manifest itself?

The screen of any Apple tablet should flip when the position of the device changes. If you hold the gadget horizontally, the display will be in the same position. The orientation becomes vertical if you turn the device to the other side.

The gyroscope recognizes the orientation of the tablet. If it stops working, the picture cannot change position and rotate. This malfunction of the gadget can manifest itself gradually:

  • The tablet's display sometimes fails to flip when you change position
  • You need to tilt the tablet several times for the picture on the screen to start spinning
  • The device changes the orientation of the image randomly

What can cause device breakage?

Causes of iPad failure

If the image does not rotate, it is worth finding out the cause of the problem. In many cases, it can be fixed quickly. Possible reasons can include:

  • Using programs that do not support auto-rotate
  • Disabling the auto flip switch
  • Display rotation lock
  • Hardware malfunction
  • Gyroscope failure

The device control section includes two screens marked with dots. The settings you need to unlock AutoRotate are on the first one. You should configure the device that does not unfold the screen when the device is on in this tab.

It is worth remembering that sometimes the orientation stays the same when supported. When repairing auto-rotate on an iPad, you should remember that some apps and programs do not support this function, opening only in portrait or landscape mode. To test a screen rotation that has stopped functioning properly, you can close all apps and go into Settings. If the screen does not change orientation automatically, the switch may be disabled.

Procedure for disconnecting the switch

Procedure for disconnecting the switch

If you own an iPad 2, 3, or 4 model, you can solve the problem by changing the position of the special switch. It is located on the right side of the device above the volume keys. With the help of the switch, you can activate both the screen locking function and the volume change based on the current settings. If the tablet has such a switch, change its current position to the opposite one, and the display auto-rotate should work.

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To prevent the switch from blocking the display flip, later reconfigure it to change the call volume. To do this, follow these steps:

  • Go to settings
  • Find the "Basic" section and the "Sidebar switch
  • Reset the rotary switch to mute

What to do if the rotation settings are locked

The screen orientation lock was added for iPad models with iOS 4.0 firmware. In older versions, this required a jailbreak.

To determine if the steering function is locked, look for the screen's lock and curved arrow icon. This icon is grayed out to indicate that the lock is active.

If the screen on your iPad doesn't flip when you change the position of the device in space, take a few simple steps to disable the lock:

  • Go to "Control Point"
  • Tap the lock icon that appears on the screen, thus deactivating the function

Once the lock is deactivated, the screen will rotate automatically.

Hardware failure

The screen may stop flipping due to a hardware failure, for example, if you have downloaded some low-quality application. The possible solution, in this case, may be to restart the tablet. To do this, press the power button on the iPad and hold it until the "Turn off" button appears on display. Then turn the Apple tablet off and on. You can also reflash the device.

If this does not help, go to "Settings", go to the "Basic" menu, then "Universal access" and select "Physiology and motor skills" with the name AssistiveTouch. Open it and see a virtual button appearing on display. Click it to activate the function of changing the position of the display and forcibly changing its orientation.

Gyroscope breakage

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As a result of a failure of the device underlying the flip technology, the display stops rotating with the device's rotation. Then you're unlikely to solve the problem yourself.

Therefore, if the automatic screen rotation does not work and the picture does not unfold after performing all the above steps, it is worth addressing a qualified technician. They will assess the iPad's condition, correctly determine why the screen does not unfold and provide the necessary services to fix the problem.

What do you need to repair your tablet

It is not recommended to disassemble the iPad with the malfunctioning screen because all parts of the gadget are very fragile, and any unskilled intervention in the "stuffing" of the tablet can cause its complete failure. If this occurs, you won't be able to solve the problem with the unlock orientation. It can also cause severe breakages to your device that will require an expensive replacement of components.

Therefore, it is better to entrust the repair of the gadget to a qualified specialist. A professional will run diagnostics and quickly restore the tablet.

Where can I find a trusted master?

If you need iPad screen repair, contact the experts registered on Howly. They have years of experience in restoring the performance of Apple equipment.

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  • A prompt adjustment of the screen rotation
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Addressing Howly experts, you get a guarantee that the work will be done qualitatively and cheaply and the iPad will work properly for a long time.

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