Define the screen orientation for individual Android apps with Smart Rotator

Martin Brinkmann
Dec 30, 2013
Apps, Google Android

I usually have the Screen Rotation feature of my Samsung Galaxy Note II Android smartphone turned off, as I dislike it when it accidentally switches the orientation due to some false interpreted hand movements or software configuration.

Anyway, sometimes I encounter apps that require a different orientation from the one that I use by default. This can be a game that displays large black bars in the default mode, or any other kind of app that has been optimized for a different screen mode.

I usually turn on screen rotation in that case, rotate the screen, use the app, and turn off the feature again once I'm finished. That's not practicable as you may already have guessed.

Then I found Smart Rotator, and all the issues that I experienced in the past related to the device's screen mode were gone.

The app lets you define the screen orientation of each application individually

android individual screen rotation settings screen modes per app

When you start the application, it displays a list of all installed or native Android apps installed on the device. For each app, its name, version and current screen orientation is displayed.

To change the orientation of individual apps, simply tap on them and select a new orientation mode from the list of available choices.

  • Auto
  • Landscape
  • Portrait
  • Auto for all
  • Portrait for all

The first three options define the new orientation for the app. They can be landscape, portrait or auto, which basically sets the orientation automatically.

The remaining two options on the other hand change the orientation for all apps that you have installed. It can only be set to auto or portrait but not to landscape.

The application can be really helpful if you have disabled screen orientation on your device, but want some apps to open in landscape mode. This cannot be done by normal means, but Smart Rotator provides you with the means to do so.

This can also be useful in situations where apps open in the wrong orientation. You can use Smart Rotator to force them to open in the selected orientation. Usually, that means that the app opens in the default orientation but will be switched to the selected orientation afterwards by the Smart Rotator app.

While it did work with all apps that I tried it on, some reviewers noted that it did not work for some of the applications that they have tried the app with.


If you need to force a screen orientation on apps on your Android device, then Smart Rotator is the app to try to make this happen.  (via Techsupportalert)


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  1. Tarinedier said on December 30, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Thanks, works great to force Google Books into portrait and leave everything else on auto :)

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