Tips & Tricks

Galaxy Note 8 Tip: You can lock the screen orientation to landscape

Tablets have always allowed one to lock the screen orientation to either portrait or landscape, but the latter has not been possible on smartphones, at least not those made by Samsung. But did you know the ability to lock screen orientation to landscape is available on the Galaxy Note 8, and any device that runs the Samsung Experience 8.5 or newer interface?

That’s right: You can finally use your Samsung phone in landscape mode and not have to deal with the orientation flipping back to portrait just because you turn the phone just a tad sideways. Again, this feature is only available on Samsung devices running at least Samsung Experience 8.5; it will be present on newer versions as well, including Samsung Experience 9.0 that will debut on Android 8.0 Oreo.

So, how does one lock screen orientation to landscape on the Galaxy Note 8 and other Samsung phones? Just follow the steps below to see how it’s done.

How to lock screen orientation to landscape on the Galaxy Note 8

Step 1: Access the notification shade by swiping down from the top of the screen, then swipe again to access the quick toggles.

Step 2: Here, tap the screen rotation toggle repeatedly till it says Auto Rotate. 

Step 3: Then, rotate the phone to make the screen flip to landscape orientation. Then, bring up the toggles again and tap the screen rotation toggle till it says Landscape.

That’s it. Your phone’s screen will now continue to work in landscape mode (at least in apps and menus that support it; the home screen, for example, only works in portrait) until you re-enable auto rotation, turn the phone to portrait orientation, then tap the rotation toggle in the notification shade till it says Portrait.

Check out other Galaxy Note 8 tips to make the most of your phone, and let us know if you run into any issues so we can help get you back on track.


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actually this option is there since Marshmallow so it’s not a Note feature


On 6.0 you are not able to lock screen orientation
I know have same button
But when you tap that button on landscape phone will turn back portrial.


ou then maybe all devices with MM after note7. because this option is in note 7 MM ,too . And on s7e MM and s8 N also at least with DBT csc. And of course all tablets have this since MM.


Strange! I have Note 8, but only two options: portrait and the automatic one, but no option for landscape!


They should support a landscape lockscreen, that would be pretty cool