Lock the screen orientation on your Windows Phone

Lock the screen orientation on your Windows PhoneWindows Phone has always been a bit form over function – something you'd rather expect from Apple. While beautiful to look at and play with, Microsoft's mobile OS still isn't quite at feature-parity with its more established competitors, even in its latest 7.5 "Mango" iteration.

Thankfully, Windows Phone has a rather vibrant homebrew community – we've previously shown you how to transfer office files directly from your PC to your phone, using a homebrew utility called Office File Uploader.

Today, we'll show you how to lock the screen orientation on your Windows Phone... you know, to stop the screen from changing into landscape mode when you're lying in the bed.

In fact, it's all pretty easy: just download an app called Orientation Lock, and after launching it gives you an option to lock the orientation. Straightforward enough, eh?

However, it's worth noting that cannot actually do magic – that is, it won't technically lock the orientation, but rather outright disables the accelerometer. Which means that games using that feature won't work properly – your cute Doodle Jumper, for example, will just continue up on a straight line, completely out of your (tilt) control.

But no worries, since you can simply open the app again, and turn "orientation lock" off. This is a huge improvement to a previous version, in which you had to completely reboot your device to enable or disable the accelerometer, besides being only compatible with a select few devices, while this new version supports them all. Literally, it even works on our hacked HTC HD2.

Provided your Windows Phone is developer unlocked – if not, we'll show you how to do that in a future article – visit Windows Phone Hacker to download the XAP.

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equ  Feb. 9, 2012 at 23:38

WP7 sound "So" user friendly lol

jmarcelino  Feb. 10, 2012 at 01:51

I'm speechless

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 08:20

IT HAS TILES, you phillistines :p

matt101101 / MOD  Feb. 10, 2012 at 11:08

So does my kitchen floor ;).


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