Apple offers a Rotation Lock function on the iPhone that, when activated, locks the screen orientation so that it does not alter when the device is rotated. Rotation Lock is typically enabled or disabled by launching Control Center and then hitting the Lock Orientation button, however you can do so much more quickly without touching your iPhone’s screen.
The method employs a feature known as Rear Tap, which allows you to assign an action to be triggered when you double-tap or triple-tap the back of your iPhone. Rotation Lock is one of the extra actions that Apple allows you assign to Back Tap, and once you’ve set it up, you’re unlikely to need the Control Center button again.
To control Rotation Lock using a double-tap or triple-tap of the back of your iPhone, follow the steps below. Note that Back Tap requires an iPhone 8 or newer model running iOS 14 or later.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap Accessibility.
- Under “Physical and Motor,” tap Touch.
- Scroll down and tap Back Tap.
- Tap Double Tap or Triple Tap to set an action to trigger.
- Select Lock Rotation from the list.
After assigning an action to a Back Tap using the above steps, the Back Tap is immediately ready to use, so go ahead and give it a go. There are numerous actions that you can assign to a Back Tap on iPhone. You could use it for quick access to something –- launching a specific app or Control Center, for example. You can set a Back Tap to turn activate Zoom, bring up the Camera, or even trigger a shortcut.