Here’s how to use lock screen in landscape mode on the Galaxy S10

Long-time users of Galaxy smartphones rejoiced when Samsung added the option to use the home screen in landscape orientation with the Galaxy S9 last year. Now, on the Galaxy S10, Samsung has added the option to enable screen rotation for the lock screen as well. The same option can be found on other devices running One UI 1.1, which is pretty much every Galaxy phone that runs Android Pie out of the box.

And it’s not just the lock screen that can be used in landscape mode — you can also enable or disable screen rotation for the calling screen. However, the menu where you can toggle screen rotation for the lock screen and calling screen is buried in a place where most people won’t look, but fret not, we’re here to help.

Here’s how you do it: On your phone, swipe down from the top of the display twice to expand the notification shade to see all quick toggles, tap the text that says Auto rotate (or Portrait or Landscape, in case auto rotate is off), and then enable the toggle switches next to Lock screen and Voice call screen. For a visual guide, just see the GIF animation below.

Once you’re done, your phone will show you the lock screen and/or voice call screen in landscape mode when you have auto rotate enabled. There’s one caveat, though. In landscape mode, the lock screen does not show the content of notifications, only the icons for the apps that have pending notifications. You can, however, tap any of those icons to expand the notification shade without unlocking the device.

See more Galaxy S10 tips here to get the most out of your phone. For general tips and tricks for Galaxy devices, go here.

View Comments (8)

  • This doesn't work on the S9+ running One UI 1.0 - Android 9 Pie with the March patch. The option for lockscreen is not available. Only "Voice call screen" and "homescreen". It's probably a One UI version 1.1 feature.

    • Ah, right, thanks for the heads-up, hadn't checked this on phones that didn't come with Android Pie out of the box. Article has been updated.

  • Not sure why Samsung didn't include that as part of the S8's Android 9 One Ui update.

  • "which is pretty much every Galaxy phone that runs Android Pie out of the box."

    What phones have Android Pie with One UI 1.0 out of the box ?

  • "There’s one caveat, though. In landscape mode, the lock screen does not show the content of notifications, only the icons for the apps that have pending notifications. "

    When they fix it ?