How to Fix iPhone 6 Landscape Problems

Landscape issues continue to plague iPhone 6 users, even after the company’s latest iOS 8.0.2 update. While there is no cure-all fix for iPhone 6 landscape problems, there are a few things to try if your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus get stuck in landscape mode.

In September, Apple released two new iPhone models dubbed iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Both devices come with large screens that serve as canvases for beautiful apps, web browsing and more. Most of the time, iOS and these big screens play nicely. However, as we’ve documented in our ongoing reviews of Apple’s new iOS 8 operating system, there are times where iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 don’t seem to get along.

One of the issues that we, and many other iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users have encountered, is a landscape issue where the device does not properly shift back to portrait when moving from landscape mode. Landscape mode, for those not familiar, is the page orientation where everything is wider than taller. It’s perfect for viewing certain applications, playing certain games, and browsing certain web pages. It’s a view that many iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 owners use on a consistent basis. Problem is, it’s still not functioning correctly.

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iPhone 6 landscape problems first surfaced in the days after the iPhone 6’s release back in September. And while Apple’s iOS 8 bug fix update alleviated the problem, they only did so temporarily. For instance iOS 8.1.2, the company’s latest iOS 8 upgrade for iPhone 6, kept the issue at bay on our iPhone 6 models for several weeks. The problems, however, have returned in full force.

We’ve started noticing the problems on several (but not all) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models in recent days and we’ve heard from some users who are still seeing the issue occur on an infrequent basis. While there doesn’t seem to be a fix that takes care of the issue once and for all, there are some temporary fixes that will alleviate iPhone 6 landscape problems should they occur.

If your iPhone 6 and or iPhone 6 Plus gets stuck in landscape mode, here’s how to temporarily fix the issue.

How to Fix iPhone 6 Landscape Problems

If your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus starts exhibiting landscape issues, there are a few things you can do to temporarily restore your device to normal. The first couple of fixes are the most obvious.

First, you can hard press the home button to exit the application that’s stuck and go back to the home page. Once you’re there, double tap the home button to bring up the multitasking function and close the problem application.

You can also manually shift your phone from landscape to portrait and from portrait back to landscape to see if that will get the software unstuck. Both of these have worked for us in the past though they may not cut down on the amount of times you run into the issue. Our iPhone 6 landscape issues appear at random though we’ve come up with a few tricks that seem to limit the problem.

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Turning off the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, both a soft reset (hitting the power button) or hard reset (holding down the home button and power button to power down) work, seems to cut down on the number of times the iPhone 6 landscape issues pop up.

If nothing works, you can also try performing a factory reset, but we only recommend that if you’re desperate. If you do go this route, make sure you backup all of your important files. Again, this is only a last ditch move.

You can also wait for Apple’s next iOS update but just remember, we’ve seen iOS updates kill the iPhone 6’s ongoing landscape issues only for them to return after two weeks or so.

4 Comments

  1. Larry

    01/05/2015 at 9:23 am

    You can restore go to Apple Store all you need get a swap out same issues from what I see on all updates on iOS 8.0 to 8.1.2 glad I returned my iPhone 6plus I had all iPhones since day one and this year lead me to the unexpected …. Android!!!!! And this is something I should had done years ago!!! And what a better operating system and more you can do free on google play store and android alone in setting Apple sure does restrict you what you can and cannot do!! Good riddance Apple!! And ahhhh no more crupt jailbreaks to depend on and gee none this year great job evasion jb looseres

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  2. Michael horn

    03/25/2015 at 9:27 am

    Kind of a weak article. Those are not fixed, just normal workarounds. Misleading title to this article. The funny part is the dope that commented on it. Dude, you, are, the loser. This is a story about apple, no one gives a…. That you move to Android and like it better. Anyone that knows how to tweak their phone and Jailbreak is should know how to keep it stable and know why they “think” one is better. We all have opinions and we all have assholes, learn when to show yours or you’ll continue to look like shit. No phone is perfect but apples is easier to use and faster to 95% of users. Have fun making your android look cool! You probably wear it in a holster on your belt. If it ain’t a weapon it shouldn’t be in a holster you fuc$$$ng nerd.

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  3. mei ling

    05/11/2015 at 3:38 pm

    thanks for this completely useless post

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  4. pat snyder

    07/21/2015 at 3:39 pm

    This is a completely useless post and I think wasting my time is abhorrent.

    My landscape just turns itself off at random. Then there are 3,000+ places to look for answers – this one is typical – no real answers – it is madderning.

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