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How do I rotate the Android emulator display?

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How can I rotate the Android emulator display to see it in landscape mode?

How to&Answers:

Windows: left Ctrl + F12.

Mac: Fn + Ctrl + F12


  • Linux: CTRL + F12
  • Mac: Fn + CTRL + F12
  • Windows: Left CTRL + F11 or Left CTRL + F12


Turn off NUMLOCK and press NUMPAD 9 to rotate the emulator.


As far as I know, F11 or F12 doesn’t work, and nor does Right Ctrl + F12.

Hit Left Ctrl + F12, or Home, or PageUp, (not NUMPAD 7 or NUMPAD 9 like the website says) to rotate the emulator.


On Mac OS X, you can use Ctrl + Fn + F12 to rotate the Android emulator if you have have not configured your keyboard to “Use all F1, F2, etc. keys as standard function keys” (Check it on System Preferences – Keyboard).

If you have checked the option mentioned above, you will not need the Fn key and you should be able to rotate the emulator only with Ctrl + F12.


If you’re on a Mac, fn+F11 will rotate the emulator.

But if you’re using 4.4, that won’t rotate the application orientation. There’s a bug


Use NUMPAD 7 and NUMPAD 9. It will help you.


NUMPAD 7 and NUMPAD 9 work fine for me.


Device Start-up Configuration — Via the GUI

To start-up the device in Landscape mode, modifications be made in the Android Virtual Device (AVD) Manager. Open the Virtual Device Manager, and click the Edit pencil:

AVD Manager

Then, under Startup size and orientation, select Landscape:

Configure AVD

.. and click Finish.

Device Start-up Configuration — Via the config file

Despite the seemingly easy way to configure this, in practice this didn’t work for me. So there’s a way to edit the device’s configuration file instead to force it to start-up in Landscape mode.

It involves manually switching the width and height in the hardware-qemui.ini file.

To do so, open this file for edit in a text editor:


Switch the values of the width and height, so that the width is longer than the height:

hw.lcd.width = 800
hw.lcd.height = 480

The AVD now boots in Landscape mode. The orientation may still be changed with shortcut keys.


Ctrl + F12 did not work for me, nor did Home, PageUp etc.

So here’s what finally came up with:

  • Enable NUMLOCK;
  • Open your emulator and press the 7 followed by 9 on the NUMPAD on the right side of your keyboard;
  • Now your emulator will be rotated in the opposite direction;


For Mac you can use fn + Left control + F12.


Press Left Ctrl + F11 or Left Ctrl + F12 to rotate the emulator view.

Note: Right Ctrl doesn’t work;


Left Ctrl + F11 works on Windows.


Use Ctrl + F11. This will rotate your emulator.


For rotating the emulator, press CTRL + F12.


For Linux the F12 combination does not work. Instead, use:

Left Ctrl + F11


You can use Numpad-9 and Numpad-7 to rotate on Windows and Ubuntu.


Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal): [LEFT Ctrl] + F12.

For some reason NumLock isn’t working on a new install on a Dell XPS 8500, but the above worked.


I have checked on Windows:
Ctrl + F11 and Ctrl + F12 both are working to change the orientation of the Android simulator.

For other shortcut keys:

In the Eclipse toolbar go to “Help–>key Assist.. “

You can also use Ctrl + Shift + L
here, so many shortcut keys of Eclipse are given.


On Mac: Fn+Left Ctrl+F12

On Linux: Left Ctrl+F12

If you want to rotate just the screen and not the emulator: Ctrl+F10 (I tried it on Linux)


On my DELL XPS ultrabook with Linux Mint 15, none of suggested methods work, until an external keyboard is plugged in and use left CTRL + NUMPAD 9.


Press Ctrl + F10 to rotate the emulator screen.


Make sure that “Auto Rotate” on your Android settings is enabled

Press F9 two times in less than 2 seconds = Normal view 0/360º

Press F10 two times in less than 2 seconds = Rotate 180º.

Press F11 two times in less than 2 seconds = Rotate 90º to the RiGHT.

Press F12 two times in less than 2 seconds = Rotate 90º to the LEFT.