Android has a default auto-rotate option but it won’t be of much use especially if you want to control the individual orientation of each app. So what’s the best option? Well, you can look for a third-party app that does exactly what you want. In this case, you might want to check out this app called “Rotation Manager”.
What Is It and What Does It Do
Rotation Manager is a free app for Android that allows you to control and lock the orientation of each app. With it, you can rotate your device freely without worrying that some of your apps will change their orientation. Come to think of it, some apps look better when they’re on portrait or landscape mode. Aside from this, this app also supports force inverse orientation.
- Easy to use
- User-friendly controls
- Neat, stable and responsive UI
- Allows users to force or lock the orientation of each app
- You can set your preferred app orientation to forced landscape, forced portrait, forced auto, auto-rotate and inverse rotation (reverse landscape and reverse portrait mode)
- You can permanently hide the app’s notification icon by switching to its “Chuck Norris” mode
- If enabled, the app will automatically override the default global orientation
- None that I can think – the app works pretty well without any noticeable glitches or errors
With Rotation Manager, you can set your preferred orientation for every app that you’ve installed on your device. It can also be used to manage and force the orientation of your system apps as well as your device launcher. In addition, this app is fairly easy to use.
With it, you have the option to do the following:
- Enable/Disable global orientation – If enabled, the app will automatically apply your preferred orientation (ex. forced portrait) to all of your apps
- Inverse Orientation – If enabled, the app will automatically set an inverse orientation for forced portrait and forced landscape mode
- Forced auto-rotate
- Forced portrait
- Forced landscape
Apparently, you have full control over the orientation of your apps. This makes it easier for you to keep an app’s orientation fixed to portrait or landscape mode.
If you are new to the app, you will also be guided by its welcome tutorial so it won’t be that difficult for you to learn how the app works.
To use this app, you have the choice to apply the preferences that you’ve made globally or individually. If you choose the latter, simply go to the app list and select the app that you wish to set. If you want to fix the app’s orientation to landscape, then simply press the landscape icon. In the same manner, you can also press the portrait icon to fix the app’s orientation to portrait mode. It’s that simple. You can even apply the changes that you’ve made to your system apps such as your device home screen, lock screen, settings, gallery and app launcher.
Functionality wise, I don’t really have any serious issues regarding this app. It does what it is intended to do. It is also stable and responsive enough for you to use on a regular basis. When I tried it out, I also didn’t encounter any serious or annoying glitches or errors.
All in all, Rotation Manager offers an effortless solution to users who wish to individually set the orientation of their applications. It is quite useful especially if you’re using your device to write notes, watch videos, view maps, etc. Like, for example, you can fix or lock the orientation of your YouTube app to landscape while keeping the orientation of your Facebook app fixed to portrait mode.
As for those who wish to get more advanced options, you may opt to download the app’s premium version for $0.99. The premium version is called “Rotation Manager – Control++”.
Conclusion and Download Link
I find Rotation Manager really useful. It is also not necessary for you to upgrade to its premium version just to avail to all of its features and options. The app’s free version is good enough as it is. It is also stable, responsive and user-friendly. So if you are looking for an efficient and hassle-free way to automatically lock and manage the orientation of your apps, I strongly recommend that you give this app a try.
Price: Free, Paid – $0.99
Version reviewed: 3.3.130614
Requires: Android 2.1 and up
Download size: 2.3MB