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Android Pie brings a nifty alternative to the screen auto rotate toggle

Samsung is making plenty of additions to Google’s version of Android Pie, many of which we have already written about in our One UI (Android Pie) feature focus series. But there’s one particular feature of stock Android Pie that we felt deserves to be highlighted. On Pie, you have a small button in the navigation bar that lets you switch between portrait and landscape screen orientation without needing to touch the auto rotate toggle in the notification bar.

A more convenient method to change screen orientation

How does it work? Say you’re using the phone in portrait mode, which is usually how people hold their phone for regular usage. Traditionally, in order to rotate the screen to landscape, you would have to keep the auto rotate toggle in the quick toggles enabled. On Pie, that’s no longer needed. Every time you tilt the phone sideways, a small button will pop up at the right side of the navigation bar. You can tap this button to switch to landscape orientation. When you’re using the phone in landscape orientation and turn it upright, the button will show up once again so you can switch back to portrait.

The gist here is that you no longer need to use keep auto rotate enabled to be able to switch between landscape and portrait orientation (and vice versa). It’s especially useful for those who don’t like how having auto rotate enabled can sometimes change screen orientation even when you don’t want it to. The navigation bar switch works much better, and it comes standard on Android Pie.

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Genei007
Genei007

Anyone knows how I can turn off that small button that pops in whenever I tilt my phone, it’s interfering with my search/enter button

adu47249
adu47249

Same!! Really bad button placement.

djcbs
djcbs

I still think, considering how all Samsung phones are oversized now, that they should instead put in the option – like LG does – to add a 4th button to the navigation bar that allows people to pull down the notification tray.

Actually, this should be standard on all Android phones by now.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

You have the FPS gesture and the homescreen gesture to do that. the FPS works in any app, including landscape games.

djcbs
djcbs

And it doesn’t work that well.
It’s a far superior option to have a button in the navigation tray than to rely on swiping from a sensor that wasn’t designed for that.
(Not to mention that sensor can become inaccessible if the phone’s on a tablet…or you’re wearing gloves).

deliquescator
deliquescator

You can do that, just download Samsung’s Good Lock app. It lets you add 2 more buttons of any sort to the navigation bar.

djcbs
djcbs

Good Lock is only available in a few countries and side-loading it doesn’t work.

locarno
locarno

Android 10 Google will add this feature. Just like all other features they stolen from Samsung UI.

Farid Asgarli
Farid Asgarli

Do you know that this feature coming with Stock Android? Oh yeah, they stolen from Samsung UI. Lol

aarozone
aarozone

Pretty much every feature in Stock Android is stolen from Samsung’s Android UI lol. Even the overrated Pixel Camera is just all software. We can use Adobe Lightroom to achieve what the Pixel camera does.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

This is a stock Pie feature. this is not Samsung’s feature, its Google’s

40tman
40tman

I hope there is a working version for gestures instead of software buttons

PJaya
PJaya

How he put that button if device with physical navi button not on screen navi bar

locarno
locarno

What devices will get Pie and have physical buttons ?