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automation – Changing Android Device orientation with ADB

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I’m using Android 4.4 on a real device and I want to set the device orientation via adb. I don’t want it done with uiautomator since it won’t last after the termination of the uiautomator code.

How can I do this?

How to&Answers:

You may first need to turn off the automatic rotation:

adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/system --bind name:s:accelerometer_rotation --bind value:i:0

Rotate to landscape:

adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/system --bind name:s:user_rotation --bind value:i:1

Rotate portrait:

adb shell content insert --uri content://settings/system --bind name:s:user_rotation --bind value:i:0

Answer:

Instead of using “adb shell content”, there’s a more clean way by using “adb shell settings”. They are doing the same thing, put value to settings provider.

adb shell settings put system accelerometer_rotation 0  #disable auto-rotate
adb shell settings put system user_rotation 3  #270° clockwise
  • accelerometer_rotation: auto-rotation, 0 disable, 1 enable
  • user_rotation: actual rotation, clockwise, 0 0°, 1 90°, 2 180°, 3 270°

Answer:

Disable accelerometer_rotation and set the user_rotation


user_rotation Values:

0           # Protrait 
1           # Landscape
2           # Protrait Reversed
3           # Landscape Reversed

accelerometer_rotation Values:

0           # Stay in the current rotation
1           # Rotate the content of the screen

Example using adb:

adb shell settings put system accelerometer_rotation 0
adb shell settings put system user_rotation 3

Example programmatically:

import android.provider.Settings;

// You can get ContentResolver from the Context
Settings.System.putInt(getContentResolver(), Settings.System.ACCELEROMETER_ROTATION, 0);
Settings.System.putInt(getContentResolver(), Settings.System.USER_ROTATION, 3);