The orientation lock is an option that is easily overlooked in the iOS/iPadOS Control Center that allows you to prevent apps from rotating their display when your device detects it has turned a corner. This can be useful when watching a video, reading a book, or doing other activities that you don’t want the app to reformat from portrait to landscape or landscape to portrait.
FaceTime respects the orientation lock in a way that might confuse other people: they always see your locked orientation. If you don’t remember that you turned on orientation lock, other participants in a conversation may think you did their blame them for not being able to point you in the right direction.
With rotation lock disabled, you can rotate your device, and you will see yourself in the betting preview pointing in the right direction toward your iPhone or iPad, and the other person or participants will also see you in the right direction.
However, enable rotation lock and rotate your phone or tablet 90 degrees clockwise or counterclockwise (or even 180 degrees upside down), and as you rotate in your example, the image other people have of you is the original orientation, so you are sideways or upside down.
Their response would probably be to rotate their device to get you in the right position, but when they do, FaceTime on their iPhone or iPad turns you back into the “correct” position relative to what you’re broadcasting. The illustration can help.
The solution is simple: swipe to reveal the Control Center and tap the orientation lock to disable it.
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