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Why can’t I see the iPad-style landscape view on my iPhone 6 Plus?
By Jesse Hollington | 04.24.15

Q: I just upgraded to a new iPhone 6 Plus as I liked the larger screen, and the ability to get sideways iPad-like views for things like Mail. However, these don’t seem to be working for me. Whenever I turn my iPhone sideways, I just get the normal landscape view, kind of like I had on my iPhone 5. Is there somewhere special I need to turn this on? I’ve pored over all of the settings and can’t seem to find it anywhere. I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. Any ideas?

A: It sounds likely that your problem is that you setup your iPhone 6 Plus with “Display Zoom” on when you went through the initial setup assistant. While Display Zoom is useful if you want to see larger icons and text on the bigger screen, one of the unexpected side-effects that Apple doesn’t really explain to you (outside of the iPhone User Guide) is that turning this setting on will also disable all of the special layouts that are available in landscape view, at least within Apple’s own built-in iOS apps. You can toggle Display Zoom back to “Standard” view by going into the Settings app and selecting the option from the Display & Brightness section.

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Your iPhone will briefly restart, and then the special layouts should appear in those apps that support them. Note that not every iPhone 6 Plus app supports the special landscape views; of Apple’s own apps, the list is currently limited to Mail, Messages, Calendar, Reminders, Weather, Notes, Clock, Settings, Contacts, Voice Memos, and Stocks.

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