I often find myself in the wrong screen mode (landscape vs portrait) and I find the switching delay quite annoying. I would like my phone to be much more responsive when I rotate it (iphone-like)... Do you know about any apps/tweakings to achieve this?

  • What phone do you have? Commented May 12, 2011 at 14:24
  • Acer Liquid Metal (custom rom Metalounay 1.3 - Using ADW Launcher)
    – Pitto
    Commented May 13, 2011 at 7:28
  • Update: I'm on Gingerounay 2.5.1 - Using Go Launcher: same "problem"
    – Pitto
    Commented Oct 25, 2011 at 14:11

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I have searched for the same thing, and unfortunately, have not come up with much of anything. What I have settled for is turning off auto-rotate, and only using it for apps where I really need rotation. I do recall there being an app which allows setting auto-rotate on and off on a per-app basis. I believe it is called Smart Auto-Rotate.


Part of what jlehenbauer wrote is correct in that ADW only gives you an option to have auto rotation or to keep your home screen in portrait or landscape mode. Depending on how many home screens and what widgets and types of widgets, folders etc you have on your homescreen it will determine the amount of memory your home screen requires and how long it takes to refresh it when it rotates between landscape and portrait and thus how quick it does it. The iPhone doesn't have widgets (the main cause) and thus it is quicker at doing this. Due to some widgets HTC Sense actually locks the home screen in portrait mode and doesn't allow you to change it.

Currently I am using Go Laucher where i have experienced what you say - the home screen refreshing on orientation, however as stated you can speed this up by removing widgets, especially any scrollable ones. Try setting up one of your home screens as blank, and then see how much faster it will switch between the two states. The only time I have sensitivity options and more than just portrait, landscape or auto for the home screen is on a cyanogen rom. However you would be looking at rooting. I haven't checked out every launcher app available, so its possible you might find a better alternative.

In regards to app killers - no longer necessary unless you have a rogue app (in which case would seriously suggest removing it full stop), all they do is drain your battery.


Really the only things you could do is lock the rotation of the screen from the "Settings/Display" menu, so you wouldn't have to deal with rotation, or start freeing up space on your device.

This process will be taken care of by the available memory, so if you have a lot of things running, it will be sluggish.

The iPhone was speedy at this previously because it didn't have the ability to run things in the background, and since gaining this ability has found a similar stumble. A good appkiller will help, and i find deleting old, unused apps every now and then helps system speed.

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    That's not an answer to my question...
    – Pitto
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 12:25
  • you had asked for ways to make your phone more responsive. Freeing memory is the best way to do that all around, and will help the rotation function some. But short of flashing a rom that focuses on system speed, there's not too much that can be done. Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 12:35
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    "Change screen rotation sensitivity" and "I would like my phone to be much more responsive when I rotate it" are quite clear, I hope :) It is just related to when I turn my phone and screen turns too from landscape to portrait or viceversa.
    – Pitto
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 13:03
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    If you're still recommending appkillers then maybe you should go back to your iphone...
    – bytebender
    Commented Jun 21, 2011 at 14:51
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    I wish I could downvote this a bunch of times (too bad I don't have the reputation to downvote it at all yet). First of all, this does not answer the question. OP asked how to tweak the delay in between rotating the phone and the screen STARTING to rotate. Secondly, do NOT recommend appkillers. Also, neither the iPhone nor mid to high range androids are known to have a problem with the rotation itself lagging... Commented Oct 4, 2011 at 20:29

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