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


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.



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;

Left Ctrl + F11 works on Windows.


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:

Then, under Startup size and orientation, select Landscape:

.. 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:

C:\Users\<user>\.android\avd\<deviceName>.avd\hardware-qemu.ini

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.


Windows: left Ctrl + F12.

Mac: Fn + Ctrl + F12


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

Left Ctrl + F11


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


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.


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


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

Note: Right Ctrl doesn't work;


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


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


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




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