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How to use Android 12's new smart auto-rotate system

Google's upcoming Android 12 update has plenty of eye-catching features, but don't let that fool you:sometimes it's the smaller, less obvious things that deserve your most attention.

This is certainly the case with the software's new automatic rotation system. With Android 12, Google introduced a smarter way to control when your screen switches between its vertical and horizontal orientations. And while the enhancement doesn't get much time in the spotlight, you better believe it has the potential to make your life a whole lot easier.

In short, instead of just relying on your phone's accelerometer to determine which way you're holding the device and then rotate your screen accordingly, Android 12 lets your device use its front camera as a guide. This way the software can detect the position of your striking face at any given time and ensure that the screen is always positioned to match.

The benefit is that you then avoid those awkward situations where you're lying down - and therefore holding your phone at an angle - and the screen then flips to its landscape orientation when you're actually watching to him in his portrait mode. Since the system pays attention to the position of your face, it matches the screen to how you really are. using the device no matter how you hold it.

Activating the new option couldn't be easier.

Four Steps to Smarter Autorotation

(Note that these steps are specific to Google's Android 12 interface and how the new auto-rotate system is featured on Pixel phones. It's not entirely clear at this point how other device manufacturers will change the software interface or what specific features they'll offer on their devices.)

  • Swipe down twice from the top of your screen, then tap the gear-shaped settings icon in the lower right corner of the Quick Settings panel.
  • Press "View".
  • Scroll down until you see the line that says "auto-rotate screen". Press it.
  • Make sure the toggle next to "Use auto-rotate" is in the on position, then turn on the toggle next to "Enable face detection".

How to use Android 12 s new smart auto-rotate system

How to use Android 12 s new smart auto-rotate system

And that's it:just use your phone as normal and watch how Android 12's improved auto-rotate works like magic.