January 3, 2010

[SOLVED] Set Screen Orientation Programmatically

There are times where you need to ensure that your application is displayed only in a certain orientation. For example, suppose you are writing a game that should only be viewed in landscape mode. In this case, you can programmatically force a change in orientation using the setRequestOrientation() method of the Activity class:

package net.learn2develop.OrientationAware;
import android.app.Activity;
import android.content.pm.ActivityInfo;
import android.os.Bundle;

public class Orientation extends Activity {
/** Called when the activity is first created. */
public void onCreate(Bundle savedInstanceState) {

//---change to landscape mode---

To change to portrait mode, use the ActivityInfo.SCREEN_ORIENTATION_PORTRAIT constant:


Developing Orientation-Aware Android Applications.


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  2. Is this possible from outside of an activity? So I can force an app, that's not controlled by me, to change orientation?


  3. Just put attach a command to the Intent before it's sent, and retrieve it when the class gets instantiated.

    In the intent
    intent.putExtra("orientation", "portrait");

    In the class
    String orientation = getIntent().getExtras().getString("orientation");
    if(orientation == "portrait"){
    } else {
    // defaults to landscape

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