Saturday, December 15, 2012

Samsung Galaxy - Screen Rotation Stopped Working!

I found this question on many Android forums, regarding screen rotation not working suddenly, in devices like Samsung Galaxy S2, Samsung Galaxy Note and Samsung Galaxy S3. I searched for it because I had the same issue. Yes, even my device had the same problem, (I can proudly say had because now it is solved!). After searching for around 15 forums, and 40+ posts, I was able to find a solution for the screen rotation issue. Pheww! Feels good!

Samsung Galaxy Mobiles


What all did I try that didn't work out:
  1. They said, remove applications that might be using or getting custom rotations types, remove games that require rotation - better remove all those apps that use some kind of rotation keep running in background, which eventually comes out to be large in number if you are specifically a gamer or a reader.
  2. Better get a factory reset done. (This statement nearly gives you a mild stroke, I know, I had the same effect when I read that!)
  3. Try doing both Calibration - Settings -> Display -> Horizontal Calibration,  Settings -> Display -> Gyroscope Calibration. - For me, Gyroscope Calibration was done perfectly, but every-time, while doing Horizontal Calibration, my device would restart. 
  4. You need to get your PCB Changed, get it done fast, sooner the better.
  5. It is something related to some Hardware, better go to Samsung Service Center.
What got me to the Solution:

After trying so many things out there on my device, except factory reset and hardware changes - I was almost ready to give it to Samsung Service Center, and took backup of my messages and contacts in my SIM card, to transfer that on my backup phone.

I switched off my phone and took the SIM out and put it in the other phone. As I have many contacts and messages, I had to repeat this activity multiple number of times. After doing this around 4 times, I thought of checking again, whether some luck in Screen Rotation issue. And to my astonishment, the Screen Rotate had started working!

So then, I searched on forums, with a similar search key, Screen Rotation + Samsung + Crash Horizontal Calibration, remove SIM card and somewhere I found a useful link that said the same to confirm my R&D. Here it is, http://androidforums.com/samsung-galaxy-s2-international/575534-auto-rotation-not-working-crashes-during-horizontal-calibration.html.

The user said the same. So it was confirmed. So in case, you are having the same issue, please try removing the SIM Card and let us know if it helps you out or not! And, don't forget to subscribe us to receive technology updates and useful tips and tricks.

93 comments:

  1. Absolutely worked as explained. I removed the sim and restarted. Kudos :)

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    1. Hi Abishek,

      Great to know that it helped you out!
      Thanks for reading the article.

      I would like to tell you one secret. When I was to go to Samsung Service Center, I had called them saying my problem, and they could only suggest me to take a backup of my contacts/messages and imp stuff.
      Its during that, that when I removed my Sim and got this solved! So maybe, even Samsung Service Center guys didn't know the solution for this problem, else they would have asked me to do so..

      Keep Referring and Keep Sharing!
      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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    2. sir did u experience the offset file is missing? when i calibrate my s3 thorugh motion

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  2. thanks a bunch!! it worked after a first try! :D

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  3. Worked at first try! Thanks so much!

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    1. Happy to know that..
      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  4. wooooow!! thx a lot!! u just made my day!!!!!

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    1. Great.. Thanks for the comment!

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  6. Hi I had the same problem n tried the steps but it dint work for me.I was so disappointed n searched the android forums..there was a tip..go to ur settings> display> turn off auto rotation. .now turn off ur device >pull out ur battery and sim.. put back ur sim n battery .turn on ur device..close ur eyes for a second.turn on auto rotation ....it worked for me...hope this would help someone. ..cheers .....n thanks Varun. .

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    1. Nimisha -- Thanks for the beautiful comment.

      I am happy to know that the above trick worked for you after all that you had tried previously..
      And thanks for taking time in reading the article as well as commenting. For any author, it is an appreciation of what he/she has done and a motivation to continue doing such stuff ahead!

      Sincerely,
      Varun Shringarpure

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    2. Thx soon much....that was a big help.!

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    3. My Pleasure..

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  7. Hey it worked! You saved me from so much stress! Thanks Varun!

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    1. I'm happy to know it helped you! :)

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  8. worked for me too. Thanks. Samsung Note.

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    1. Wow! Great.. Glad that it helped!
      Thanks for telling me.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  9. So if u remove the.sim once is this a permanent solution or u need to keep taking it off as and when the screen rotatioj stops?

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    1. Hi..

      As per my knowledge Yes Unfortunately!
      But its not that tedious one right?
      I mean, in case it stops working, just remove your sim and the screen rotation starts again.

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  10. Hi Varun

    Thanks for your article, but my rotation not working still :(

    Tried: Calibration app from playstore

    Tried: Sensor Calibration from Samsung Galaxy Settings App

    Tried: 1. Rotation off, phone off, sim card out, phone on no sim, try rotation (not work)
    2. phone off again, sim card in, turn on & try rotation (not work)

    Installed rom with Factory Reset Data Wipe etc.
    Tried CM Kernel & Siyah which normally works.

    Definitely issue is something rom related or settings calibration.

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    1. Hi Fatjoe,

      I feel sorry that my article couldn't help you. Its for the first time that anyone told me that removing sim didn't start the screen rotation again.

      I would request you to go to Samsung Service Center for this. Maybe there is some other issue, leading to this case of yours.

      Let me also inquire locally, and in case I find some solution will let you know. Also, in case you find something that helps you, please post here, so that others can take advantage of it.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  11. I just took my aim card out for about fifteen seconds and BAM!!!! im back! thanks techies!

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    1. Happy to know that April.. Thanks for letting us know.. :)

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  12. Thanks, Varun,

    It worked for me. Thanks a lot.

    Ramesh

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    1. Great that it worked for you Ramesh.. Thanks for commenting!
      Sincerely,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  13. wooow was fighting with this for a week, after first removing it worked!!!!!!

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    1. Nice.. Thanks MJFin for taking time reading and then commenting for its authenticity of working!

      Sincerely,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  14. switch off phone and removing battery and sim is great idea for rotation activation again....its working..i surprise..........................

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    1. Yes mtchavan, very simple isn't it? Thanks for commenting and letting us know, that it worked out for you!

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  15. Great tip, it's kind of weird, but it worked for me! tried many other things before, but the rotation still did not work again. but removing the sim card did the trick. thanks a lot!

    lars

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    1. Thanks Lars for your words. Yes, Many have had this problem, and finally it works.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  16. I have just a Galaxy clone, but my device had the same issue and your solution worked for my phone too. This seems to be a android jelly bean bug.

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    1. Hi Joern,
      Good to know that it worked for you. Its not a Jelly Bean Bug, because if it was, it won't have come for me when my device was in Ice Cream Sandwich. It seems some bug Samsung Hardware itself. (Just a supposition, as the solution works for all Samsung Galaxy devices regardless of their Android Version!)

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  17. Sprint phones don't use SIM cards. Is there anything else I could try?

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  19. I have followed the below mentioned step
    1. turn off
    2. remove battery
    3. remove SIM
    4. insert SIM
    5. insert battery
    6. turn on

    auto rotation still not working. am I following the correct steps ?

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    1. Hi Nimesh,

      I feel sorry that the trick didn't work for you. Please try a few things:

      1. Keep the Sim card removed for 10-15 seconds and then put it in.

      2. If your Sim is not behind the battery, please dont turn it off, and dont remove the battery also, just remove the sim and keep it.

      3. Clean the Sim slot, by blowing air thru your mouth. Please DO NOT try to clean it liquid or water. Keep it dry.

      After all these things, if it doesn't work, I am sorry to say, you will have to contact Samsung Service Center.

      But in any case, whether it works or not, please let me know in comments here, so that it could be helpful for other users.

      Sincerely,
      Varun Shringarpure

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    2. I have followed the below mentioned step
      1. turn off
      2. remove battery
      3. remove SIM
      4. insert SIM
      5. insert battery
      6. turn on

      tnx budddddyyyyyyyyy....................

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    3. Great! Happy to know that it worked..
      Thanks for telling me Sherywayanad!

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  20. Wow....worked 2nd try! They key is to take out the sim card AND the battery! Awesome job and thanks alot!

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    1. Superb Rob! Thanks for letting me know!

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  22. I don't have a sim card on my phone is there anything else I can do

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  23. Hey thanks. this actually worked. more power to the open forums!

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    1. Great! Thanks for posting a comment, and letting me know that it worked for you!

      But I request you to post a comment with your identity instead of Anonymous. Then, it would be useful to me to know who it is. Hope you understand?

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  24. Like everyone here, I had this problem and rectified it with your given procedure. Thanks.

    But the real question is, what caused this? I wasn't even doing anything different; just browsing the internet as I usually do, turned off the phone for not even a minute, and bam--auto rotate stopped working. Tracing this stupid problem to the source so you can prevent it from happening ever again seems like the ultimate solution.

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    1. There doesn't seem to be a specific reason for Auto Rotate to stop working. If you say, as in your case, you use it only for Internet surfing, I never surf on my phone. Yes, I am a gamer, and like to install various apps and try them out on my phone. And I thought that might have led to this.
      But even my cousin had the same problem, who doesn't even do that.. He uses a smartphone only as a simple phone for calls and sms. So, no specific scenario which leads to this. Still it happens.

      But I am happy, that we atleast have a solution now. Let it happen again, let it stop, we can start it back!

      Also I request you to post a comment with your identity instead of Anonymous. Then, it would be useful to me to know who it is. Hope you understand?

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  25. Thank you!! Thank you!!! After trying a ton of stuff, found this and tried it. It worked perfect!!! Thanks!

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    1. *clap *clap

      Thanks for letting me know that it worked for you.
      But I request you to post a comment with your identity instead of Anonymous. Then, it would be useful to me to know who it is. Hope you understand?

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  26. Doesn't work for me , tried twice already. I will actually tell you my prob so u may be able to help me more.
    I can actually turn it but not normal i have to rotate it more degrease than i should to make it turn..

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    1. Does your screen rotate after you turn it? If yes, then Screen Rotation is already working.
      Yes, if it is slower, then what you expect, maybe some application you have installed, is hindering it.
      From when did this start happening? Have you installed any heavy game or anything which requires Screen rotation? If yes, please remove it and try operating your phone for some days.

      Again, if nothing helps, I would recommend you to go to Samsung Service Center.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  27. Thanks Dear. highly thank u

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    1. Thanks for letting me know about it.
      But I request you to post with your identity instead of Anonymous, so that I at least know whom I helped.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  28. cheers big ears...

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  29. Worked on the first try! Thank u sooo much for taking the time to publish something so helpful to so many people ! You are a real gem, thanks again :-)

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    1. Wow.. Great.. Happy to know that it worked for you.
      And thanks for the Kind Words that you mentioned! Thank you so much for that. (bow)

      But, I would like to request you, to please comment with your identity instead of Anonymous. Then, it would be useful to me to know who it is. Hope you understand?

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  30. Worked for me too so much frustration eliminated. Thanks kiddo.

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    1. Great! Happy to know that it worked out.

      Thank you so much for telling me!

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  31. Worked for me too - how bizarre!!!

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    1. Nice.. Happy to know it worked for you too.. Yes it is kind of weird, but let it be until it makes it working! ;)

      Also, it would be great if you comment with your identity, instead of Anonymous.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  32. Thanks! This worked perfectly!

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    1. Wow.. Great!
      Thanks for telling me about it Ais..

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  33. Worked for me with Samsung Galaxy S3 4G (i9305).

    Thanks a lot, saved sending off to the service centre

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    1. Amazing! Thanks for telling me about it. Yes it does feel great when you are saved from sending your phone to the Service Center.
      Good, Happy for you!
      But, it would be great if you comment with your identity, instead of Anonymous.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  34. Everything is rotating except the home screen on Galaxy Grand, dual sim!!

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    1. As per my knowledge, Home Screen is not there to rotate.

      Have your images/videos started rotating? Have the games that require Screen Rotation, started doing so?
      If the Answer of your question is yes, then I your Screen Rotation is working!
      Also, it would be great if you comment with your identity, instead of Anonymous.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  35. not working for me :(

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    1. I feel sorry to hear that.. Btw, which is your phone? And what all did you try? Can you please repeat your steps here in comments?
      Also it would be great if you comment with your identity.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  36. ...did the trick! :)

    I removed the battery and my micro sd card, reinserted the battery, powered up my Note 2, and the auto-rotate function worked perfectly!

    Afterwards, I powered the device down again and reinserted the micro sd card. I turned the phone back on again, and everything is functioning as it should!

    Thanks loads for the tip!

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    1. Great! I am happy to know that it worked.. But it would be grateful if you comment with your identity.

      Regards,
      Varun Shringarpure

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  37. thanx buddy for the useful tip.. :)

    i have samsung galaxy S2 GT-I9100G and its camera is out of focus...........
    any solution?

    Reply plz
    thanx in advance :)

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  38. my samsung s2 has stopped its auto rotation task and motion work since 1 year...how i can solve it???

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  39. I've tried the steps mentioned above on my SGS2 which happened to have problem tilting right way. It works!!!! Thanks so much for sharing ya. =D

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  40. Thank you so much for figuring this out and posting for all of us. It took three tries for me, (maybe I didn't leave it out long enough), but now it works fine. You rock!

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  41. Worked first try for me too! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!

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  42. Doesnt work for me. 2nd try already..

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  43. Thanks for sharing!!! Finally found an effective way~

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  44. Thanks a load! Removed sim card and put it back and rebooted. Screen rotation is working fine now! Device: Samsung galaxy S Advance.

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  45. I have the galaxy s3 (i9300) sph-l710 sprint and I don't have a sim card how do I fix this problem

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  46. Just doing a simple restart fixes the problem for me, don't need to remove the battery or sim; doesn't make the problem any less annoying though, not after spending so much on a top of the line Android phone!

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  47. hi i m new user to android using samsung gxy grand duos;
    i want to knw that ,home screen does rotate in my phone or not,
    all application work with rotation, but i never find my phone menu or home screen rotate ever.
    please answer my Q

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  48. What I do when you get a new phone is go through all the screens and options in settings and see what's there under each option. This problem is easily handled under Settings, Display, and check the box next to Auto Rotate Screen. Sometimes that may get turned off. If it's already checked, uncheck it, restart, check Auto Rotate again, and it should work. It's the solution without having to do the backup, removal of sim card, etc.

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    1. Agree with your point Maggie! However, from the readers comment you can see that some weird issue requires some weird solutions! :)

      Thanks for giving valuable feedback. Keep reading and help us to spread this blog.

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  49. hi i m new user to android using samsung gxy grand duos;
    i want to knw that ,home screen does rotate in my phone or not,
    all application work with rotation, but i never find my phone menu or home screen rotate ever.
    please answer my Q

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  50. Removing sim worked like a charm...thank you!

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  51. It didn't work on mine so i discovered. That i had turn auto-rotation off first (in settings-Display-Auto_rotation). Then remove the battery, restart and then renable Auto rotation in settings, then it worked.

    Joern

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  52. This was driving me crazy for the past couple of days. I found your post and the first few tries failed. The last time I tried, I left the card out for a few minutes longer and bingo! It worked! Thank you so much for sharing this information. It was such an easy fix to what could have been a big headache!

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    1. Glad you overcome the headache! Feel encouraged to subscribe this blog to get more such useful updates and tips.

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  53. Hi I am using galaxy grand i9082 I am getting following problem. Sim card removed suddenly coming and it gives pop up to restart your mobile . How to over come this problem. Please help me

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  54. I was skeptical at first but it actually worked! Thanks a lot man! You saved me.

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