Switching Between Portrait and Landscape

Your phone screen is a rectangle, and it's reasonable that what you're viewing will affect how you want to view it. On pure Android installations, the Home screens will always be in portrait mode. I asked Google about it, and they told me that this was by design. Once you launch apps, you can shift between portrait and landscape mode.

If you are using a slide-out keyboard, your phone will automatically switch to landscape mode when you open the keyboard. You'd be typing sideways if it didn't, so this is also by design.

If you have a phone with a virtual keyboard, you can switch between portrait and landscape mode by flipping your phone to the desired orientation anywhere but the Home screen. If you have a phone with a keyboard, you'll generally have to force landscape orientation by sliding out the keyboard.

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