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    Has anyone experienced this problem? Just now as I was trying to watch a YouTube video, I noticed it would not enter landscape mode so I could watch it. I checked screen orientation and all that. Nothing. Tried different apps to see if it was just YouTube, nothing. Chrome. Falcon. Even Tapatalk. Rebooted the phone, nothing. I'm running everything stock too except my kernel. Don't know why this is happening but I hope it's not a hardware use issue because that would be a pain.

    Wondering if this happened to anyone else and how they fixed it if they did.

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    Try pausing the video and rotating to troubleshoot. Personally, I was annoyed with the Home Screen not rotating (vs my N7) so I resurrected my Ultimate Rotation paid app when I had a Gingerbread phone. Now everything rotates properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunshotlead View Post
    Try pausing the video and rotating to troubleshoot. Personally, I was annoyed with the Home Screen not rotating (vs my N7) so I resurrected my Ultimate Rotation paid app when I had a Gingerbread phone. Now everything rotates properly.

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    Just tried it. Failed.

    Downloaded a gyroscope calibration app to make sure the phone was responding to the movements of my phone and it was. So I don't know what the issue could be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunshotlead View Post
    Try pausing the video and rotating to troubleshoot. Personally, I was annoyed with the Home Screen not rotating (vs my N7) so I resurrected my Ultimate Rotation paid app when I had a Gingerbread phone. Now everything rotates properly.

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    Just letting you know, you could also use Nova Launcher to do this.
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    try a factory reset. could be an app or a bug in your software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reptile1990 View Post
    try a factory reset. could be an app or a bug in your software.
    Would really love to avoid resetting the whole phone. I understand that could do the trick but I'm hoping there's another method out there I could try. Landscape mode is not super important but it's a minor annoyance and I don't wanna have to backup, reset, and restore just because of it.

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    Just try a proper power off and reboot...
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    Quote Originally Posted by N4Newbie View Post
    Just try a proper power off and reboot...
    Stated in my post already that I did that. Didn't work.

    BUT, saw a thread like this in the S3 forums and a user suggested I simply smack the back of the phone hard enough. Such a simple method, like smacking a remote back in the day, but it worked and now my phone rotates again. No factory reset needed or anything. Thanks for the help everyone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadpoolJunior View Post
    Stated in my post already that I did that. Didn't work.

    BUT, saw a thread like this in the S3 forums and a user suggested I simply smack the back of the phone hard enough. Such a simple method, like smacking a remote back in the day, but it worked and now my phone rotates again. No factory reset needed or anything. Thanks for the help everyone.

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    That's a very odd solution... but the good thing is that it's working again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by return_0 View Post
    That's a very odd solution... but the good thing is that it's working again.

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    Yeah. I'm thinking maybe the gyroscope or whatever got stuck. Not sure how these hardware related things work. I'm guessing it got stuck and a strong enough pat on the back of the phone got it loose again. I could be wrong though.

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    Had the same issue yesterday. Finally went to the stock camera app. It fixed the issue right away.

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    Holy hell.

    All the advanced technology of a Nexus device, and slapping it on the back just freed up my gyro as well.

    I am really starting to get scared of my N4 after discovering that it has no warranty, since I purchased it off CL (sealed). It is really a shame that LG, or Google will not honor a warranty if you are not the original purchaser, considering all the supply issues in the beginning. I would have loved to be the original purchaser, but I did not want to wait a month for my phone.
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    No way it worked by smacking it lololooloolol thanks
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    My tablet will not rotate

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