My iPad won't rotate the screen anymore when I turn it. It just happend (like all problems of course) without any cause.

I've done everything I can think of.

  • Double tap on the Home button, swipe left and toggle the switch
  • Toggle the switch on the left side of the iPad with 'rotation lock' set to on
  • Reboot the iPad
  • Restore the iPad

I'm out of options... Anyone with more options? Or is it hardware to blame?

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    Stand on your head? But seriously, what version of iOS and which generation iPad are you using?
    – Daniel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 19:29
  • Lol :-) it's an iPad 2 with iOS 5.1.1
    – Michiel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 19:35
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    Which orientation is it stuck in?
    – Daniel
    Commented May 20, 2012 at 19:39
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    Did you restore from a backup, or was it a fresh restore?
    – Nix
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 3:29
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    The fact that it is still not working after a fresh restore, given all the other stuff you've tried, makes me think it is a hardware issue and there's something wrong with the accelerometer. I'd be inclined to take it to an Apple Store and let them have a look at it.
    – Nix
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 12:44

2 Answers 2


Since you've restored the iPad I would say that you've got some issue with the Hardware. If possible, Take it to an Apple Store for a Hardware test.

Using an app which requires the use of the Accelerometer may test it too.

EDITED: Its not the Gyroscope what tells the position of the device but the Accelerometer.

  • And app you can recommend?
    – Michiel
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 13:26
  • Real Racing :-)
    – nohillside
    Commented May 21, 2012 at 13:31
  • Ok, thanks. Unfortunately, the iPad doesn't rotate at all anymore... Apple Store, here I come :) Thanks for your input!
    – Michiel
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 8:46
  • Good luck with it. :)
    – Thecafremo
    Commented May 23, 2012 at 9:18

I had same problem and after a lot of other things thought I'd try one more thing, I ran the battery completely and let it sit for a day. Recharged it and its now working fine.

MY theory is that perhaps the accelerometer can become magnetized and running the battery out and allowing it to sit, dissipated the energy. Just a though, but it worked.

  • Complete battery drain worked for me too.. ; )
    – user104489
    Commented Dec 12, 2014 at 21:59

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