iPad Tutorial – iOS 4.3 Tip: Choose Mute or Rotation Lock for the Side Switch

side switch on iPad

The recently released iOS 4.3 brought with it a number of welcome improvements. Perhaps one of the handiest and most requested was the ability to set the side switch as a rotation lock. iOS 4.2 had assigned this switch a mute function to silence app sounds. The rotation lock became a soft setting in 4.2, found with the fast app switcher. So rotation lock was available but not convenient. Version 4.3 of the iOS fixes this.

You can choose what you want the side switch to do, either mute or rotation lock. Go to
Settings > General and look for “Use Side Switch to


About Andy Brovey

Dr. Andy Brovey, The Portable Prof, helps others make sense and make use of digital tools through his work, websites and social media. He has over 30 years experience in educational technology, including teaching, administration and professional development. In 2007, Apple Inc. recognized his work and named him an Apple Distinguished Educator. He started this iPad Academy website shortly after the first iPad went on sale to help others become more comfortable and competent with the iPad, in person and online. His latest venture is Teach About Tech, a resource marketplace for technology trainers.