Maybe you shouldn’t be messing with your Android device while in bed, or maybe you should try Smart Rotator.or
Smart Rotator (for Android 1.6 and above) really couldn’t be simpler to use. When you run the app, you get a list of all other apps on your system. Scroll down to an app for which you’d like to disable auto-rotation, and tap its name. You’ll get a prompt looking like this:
Just tap “Turn off”, and you’ve just turned off neck pain, at least for that application. One issue though, is that Smart Rotator won’t let you see which apps are on and which are off. Here’s that same list again, after I disabled auto-rotation for Gmail:
Can you tell the difference? Me neither. It did work very well, though. Immediately after switching auto-rotation off for Gmail, I switched to Gmail and couldn’t make it go to landscape mode, no matter how I held the device. Smart Rotator doesn’t request root privileges and doesn’t clutter your notification bar with any messages. As simple as could be, really.
One caveat though, is that Smart Rotator may work a bit too well: Gmail wouldn’t auto-rotate even after I uninstalled Smart Rotator. So you might like to test Smart Rotator first with one or two apps before you decide if you want to stick with it.
Shake ‘n Rotate
Requiring Android 2.0 and up,is a bit more of a vigorous option, since it requires you to physically shake the device. It’s also a bit more rich, graphically:
Almost looks like a game, doesn’t it? Let’s tap the large CONFIGURATION button and see what we get.
This is a more standard Android look, with a bit of Engrish thrown in for good measure. My sensor is rather sensible, thanks for asking. I just left all options at default (it’s the sensible thing to do) and went back to the main screen to switch the app on.
I then started the Gmail app and shook the device to toggle auto-rotation. It took quite a vigorous shake, the kind that might wake up your significant other if they’re lying on the other side of the bed. But I then got this nice overlay:
Auto-rotation has now been enabled. Very clear, and quite satisfying. You will probably want to dial the sensitivity up a notch, though. This isn’t a per-app setting, either – it impacts all apps on your system.
It should be noted that if you happen to have Tasker installed, you could easily replicate both apps’ functionality without installing anything else on your device. But we won’t delve too deeply into that, as we will shortly be looking at Tasker in an upcoming article.
Another note is that some apps (such as Gentle Alarm and previously-reviewed Miren browser) have built-in settings to prevent auto-rotation. If you’re having trouble with just one or two apps that auto-rotate at inopportune times, you might want to dig into their settings and find out if auto-rotation can be toggled just for them.
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