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Switching to landscape mode in Android Emulator

Posted by: admin March 10, 2020 Leave a comment


This is probably a pretty easy to answer question, but I can’t find the solution myself after a couple hours of searching the documentation and Google. I set the orientation of my Android app to landscape in the AndroidManifest.xml file:


However, when I run the app in the simulator, it appears sideways and in portrait mode. How can I switch the emulator to landscape mode on a mac? It’s running the 1.6 SDK.

How to&Answers:


  • ctrl+fn+F11 on Mac to change the landscape to portrait and vice versa.
  • left-ctrl+F11on Windows 7.
  • ctrl+F11on Linux.

For Mac users, you only need to use the fn key if the setting “Use all F1, F2 etc. keys as function keys” (under System Preferences -> Keyboard) is checked.

  • left-ctrl+F11on Windows 7
    It works fine in Windows 7 for android emulator to change the landscape orientation to portrait and vice versa.


Not sure about your question – “sideways” is the same as “landscape”.

If you mean how to switch during runtime:

  • Switch to previous layout orientation (for example, portrait, landscape):
    KEYPAD_7, Ctrl + F11
  • Switch to next layout orientation (for example, portrait, landscape):
    KEYPAD_9, Ctrl + F12

From docs.


Just use 9 in numeric keyboard with num-lock off.

Image showing the numpad with 9 highlighted

7 rotates in the opposite direction.


Android Emulator Shortcuts

Ctrl+F11 Switch layout orientation portrait/landscape backwards

Ctrl+F12 Switch layout orientation portrait/landscape forwards

  1. Main Device Keys

Home Home Button

F2 Left Softkey / Menu / Settings button (or PgUp)

Shift+F2 Right Softkey / Star button (or PgDn)

Esc Back Button

F3 Call/ dial Button

F4 Hang up / end call button

F5 Search Button

  1. Other Device Keys

Ctrl+F5 Volume up (or + on numeric keyboard with Num Lock off) Ctrl+F6 Volume down (or + on numeric keyboard with Num Lock off) F7 Power Button Ctrl+F3 Camera Button

Ctrl+F11Switch layout orientation portrait/landscape backwards

Ctrl+F12 Switch layout orientation portrait/landscape forwards

F8 Toggle cell network

F9 Toggle code profiling

Alt+Enter Toggle fullscreen mode

F6 Toggle trackball mode


Ctrl+F11 or Ctrl+F12 to change the orientation of the android emulator on windows


On iMac with long keyboard (keyboard with numeric keypad at the right):

(1) Cmd + 7 (on numeric part of keyboard)
(2) Cmd + 9 (on numeric part of keyboard)


I’m using Android Studio and none of the suggestions worked. I can turn the emulator but it stays in portrait. I didn’t want to add a command in the manifest forcing landscape. The fix for me was:

  1. turn the emulator to landscape mode using ctrlF11 (the image will still be in portrait though)

  2. Open up the camera in the os, it opens up in landscape mode, the only app that does this

  3. without doing anything else, debug my app from Android Studio and now it shows up in landscape


I have found that sometimes the CTRL + F11 combination just doesn’t do it for me.
I have solved it by disabling the keyboard input in the emulator settings.

To do that, go to your emulator settings, klick the “show advanced settings” button and scroll all the way down. Then, disable the “enable keyboard input” option.

After doing that, try to start your emulator again, and the CTRL + F11 combination should work.

enable keyboard input option


Just a little bug (Bug for me) I found on mac emulator.

On changing the orientation to landscape (CtrlCmdF11) it changes to landscape but content shows in portrait format.for that:

Go to emulator: Settings-> Display->When device is rotated->Rotate the contents of the screen


Ctrl + F11 works wonderfully on Ubuntu / Linux Mint.


following for different plateform

WINDOWS: Ctrl + F12

LINUX: Ctrl + F12

MAC OS X: control + F12 (or fn + control + F12, depending on your keyboard configuration)


The complete listing is buried in the android docs, and i only found it via google / dogpile.


That link has the emulator shortcut keys as of right now.



This is now much more intuitive. The AVD interface now includes a sidebar with various functional shortcuts. The buttons circled in blue will rotate the device clockwise and counterclockwise on the screen.

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for windows try left Ctrl key with F11 or F12 or Num off 7


To rotate the Android Emulator, just disable the Num Lock key and and use the 7 and the 9 in the num pad to rotate the emulator and change its layout from portrait to landscape.


control+fn+F11 will do. There’s no need for “command” key


In my windows-8 laptop, ctrl + fn + F11 works.


Ctrl + F12 also works well on linux(ubuntu).


make sure that your hardware keyboard is enable while creating your AVD

-launch the emulator
-install your app
-launch your app
-make sure that your Num lock is on
-Press ‘7’ &’9′ from your num pad to change your orientation landscape to portrait & portrait to landscape.


In my case, i succeeded by doing this:

1- enable ‘Auto-Rotate’, if it isn´t yet.
2- either use rotation left-right option at panel located next to the virtual device, or click (ctrl + left/right arrow key), in order to rotate the device.

Hope it works for you.


10 years later, I run into the same problem… For me, the issue is that it was literally disabled in my emulator.

Go to the running emulator, and drag down from the top menu area to make it show the action buttons and notifications. Those action buttons show what features are enabled/disabled, like Wifi, airplane mode, and….rotate.

In my emulator, the 3rd button from the left was the “rotate” button, and it was gray. Once I tapped on it to toggle it on, boom, my app would now switch to landscape mode when I rotated it.


For those of you with a Chromebook Pixel/Ubuntu/Crouton with no numpad, installing the onboard keyboard worked for me.

image of onboard software keyboard on ubuntu

Just press 123 to access the numpad layout, and then press 7

If you’re on Unity already, onboard may already be installed, so just type onboard from your command line to see if it’s there.

If not, just type:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install onboard

PS: The Chromebook Pixel’s upper keys were supposed to represent the traditional F1 through F11 function keys on Ubuntu/Crouton, so you may want to try those special hardware keys first (on their own or in combination with Ctrl). It’s just that for me, I’m running an old copy of Crouton, and the only function key that seems to be recognized is F6


If you can not switch to landscape(or portrait) while using ctr+f11/12
Maybe the virtual device (android phone) itself lock the rotation.
Going to the android control center (pull down on the home page), and unlock.


To switch to Landscape mode in android emulator u have 2 ways to accomplish.

1> You can create a relative layout such that when you switch from one mode to other it will change accordingly

2> You can create 2 separate XML file both the views and use it whenever required