YouTube videos do not rotate to the other side in fullscreen mode

There can be several reasons why you need to change the orientation of your device to the other side when watching a video on YouTube. Maybe you find your comfort that way, or some important video content is hidden by the notch, or something else.

But for some reason, you can’t do that just by rotating your device to the other side unless you enable auto-rotate. If so, then take some consolation in knowing that you’re not the only one having this problem lately.

YouTube videos not rotating to the other side without auto-rotate

Many users report (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) that when they try to make a YouTube video full screen, it automatically rotates clockwise and tilting the device to rotate it to the other side does nothing. Instead, the video continues to play backwards.

Generally, YouTube allows you to change the orientation of your device to landscape mode even when the system-wide auto-rotate feature is not enabled. However, due to a bug, video rotation is stuck on one side only.

Affected people find this issue extremely annoying and have taken to different social media platforms to raise their concerns. Here are some reports for reference:

YouTube videos not rotating to the other side

So, after the new update, the app has restricted the rotation of videos to one side only. It’s very annoying and uncomfortable for me because of the location of the headphone jack on my device. Has this happened to anyone else? (Source)

How can I change this? It was working fine until yesterday where I could rotate the screen to either side of the landscape. But now I can only change it on one side. (Source)

Fortunately, YouTube support has recognized this issue and confirmed that they have forwarded it to the team for further investigation. However, they did not provide any ETA for the patch.

Try these workarounds

Luckily, there are workarounds that might help fix this issue until YouTube releases a permanent fix for the same issue. You can check them out below.

Workaround 1:

[Solution] Same problem, solution found so far! Cache and data completely cleared in app settings, back to normal so far! I hope anyone who was as annoyed by this as I was will see this and get it working! (Source)

Workaround 2:

Apparently I can’t uninstall YouTube from my phone, but I can uninstall all updates! I had to uninstall them and reinstall them and now the problem is solved (Source)

If the above-mentioned workarounds don’t work for you, you can also simply enable the auto-rotate feature on your device and the problem will be fixed.

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