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You can finally turn that phone.

Here’s how to stop that annoying handwriting feature when you tilt your iPhone

Dave Gershgorn
By Dave Gershgorn


For whatever reason, some people like to type in landscape mode on their iPhones. But in the latest iOS software, Apple changed the tried-and-true method of changing the keyboard to landscape (tilting the phone horizontally) to instead initialize a handwritten message.

It’s annoying enough to be a pain point, but not so annoying as to lead a person to turn on the Orientation Lock and never look at anything in landscape ever again.

David Smith, an iOS developer, figured out the painfully obvious way to change this: tapping the keyboard in the lower right-hand side. That will launch the landscape keyboard.

To turn the handwriting back on, tap the icon in the same place on the landscape keyboard.

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