How to enable Galaxy Note 9 landscape home screen mode

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Last updated: September 17th, 2018 at 18:02 UTC+01:00

It was previously only possible to use Galaxy Note devices in landscape mode with apps that supported the orientation. The home screen would remain in portrait but that changed with the Galaxy S9. It’s also possible on Samsung’s latest flagship but you will need to learn how to enable Galaxy Note 9 landscape home screen mode.

Samsung made it possible to use the Galaxy S9 entirely in landscape orientation. It later made it possible for the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8 to do this as well. The Galaxy Note 9 ships with this functionality out of the box, unsurprisingly.

How to enable Galaxy Note 9 landscape home screen mode

Samsung didn’t originally allow this on the Galaxy Note 8. You could only lock the screen orientation to landscape so that it would automatically switch orientation in apps and menus that supported it. The home screen would only work in the portrait orientation. You can follow the same steps to lock screen orientation on the Galaxy Note 9 as well.

The new device doesn’t have that constraint, though. Samsung allows users to switch the home screen to landscape as well. However, this functionality is disabled by default and you have to enable it manually from the Settings app.

Step 1: Launch the Settings app and navigate to the Home screen section in the Display menu.

Step 2: Locate the Portrait mode only toggle at the bottom of the menu. It’s enabled by default.

Step 3: Tap on this toggle to disable Portrait mode only

Once disabled, the home screen will no longer be prevented from rotating to landscape orientation. Even the app drawer will then be accessible in this orientation in addition to any apps and menus that support it.


The landscape orientation actually looks quite nice on the Galaxy Note 9’s gorgeous 6.4-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio display. Do you make use of this functionality often? Let us know by dropping a comment below. Don’t forget to go through some of our other great Galaxy Note 9 tips as well. You can also download our new magazine for 25 Galaxy Note 9 tips and tricks in a single location.

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