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PowerApps ignores Auto-Rotation setting of my Android device!

Hello

Please be so kind as to read my full post before responding.
Thank you for your consideration.

The PowerApps App (3.19073.14) on my Android (8.1.0) device (Google Nexus 6P) seem to completely ignore  the rotation settings of my phone.
It seems to switch automatically to Landscape mode if the phone is rotated even if Auto-Rotate is disabled.
It seems to only take the rotation sensor into account.
Hence, a random shake of the phone lying on my table might trigger an unwanted swap to Landscape/Portrait.
A workaround seems to be to install "Rotation Control" and use "Portrait (Sensor)" or "Landscape (Sensor)" modes.
As a consequence responsive layout (i.e. automatic resizing and rotation) PowerApps on Android are uncomfortable to use unless "Rotation Control" is installed.
PowerApps with fixed rotation/orientation in the App Settings work as intended.
This is not useful for responsive layout, as custom layout Apps are treated as Landscape Apps with fixed rotation.
I don't think we can ask all our responsive layout PowerApps users on Android to install an additional, useful, but otherwise completely unrelated App.

We don't have the issue on iPhones.
Lock screen orientation from the quick settings seems to work.

Here are some screenshots of PowerApps itself changing screen orientation to whatever even with Auto-Rotate in the settings disabled on my Android 8.1.0, Nexus 6p, PowerApps 3.19073.14 device.
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  1. Is it possible (without "Rotation control") to have PowerApps on Android not ignore the Android rotation settings?
  2. If no, can somebody explain the reasoning behind the PowerApps App itself and hence all Apps with unfixed rotation/orientation ignoring the Android (auto-)rotation settings?

Session Id of last test: a98e81ab-ee53-49bb-8fa9-ffe83abf2f01

Thanks,
    Sa Wu.

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Re: PowerApps ignores Auto-Rotation setting of my Android device!

Hi @SaWu ,

 

Can you check on other Andriod devices to see if the issue could be reproduced? It seems that this is specific to this phone and please try to reinstall the PowerApps application to the latest version to test.

 

Regards,

Mona

Community Support Team _ Mona Li
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Re: PowerApps ignores Auto-Rotation setting of my Android device!

Hi @v-monli-msft 

I just tested ran some test with the devices available to me right now:

Aquaris X
Android: 8.1.0
PowerApps: 3.19064.10
Session Id: 5ae459a8-76f6-434b-b831-a6a7df0400b2
Device rotation setting not ignored

Aquaris X
Android: 8.1.0
PowerApps: 3.19081.19
Session Id: 29c9310b-fdc4-980e-f02b55f1ac52
Device rotation setting ignored

Nexus 6P
Android: 8.1.0
PowerApps: 3.19081.19
Session Id: ba92d6ef-b2d4-4ed1-8d6d-d9ed98918aad
Device rotation setting ignored

Galaxy S10+
Android: 9
PowerApps: 3.19075.20
Session Id: 48bb3439-4226-4152-0416-1771a1cfdc67
Device rotation setting ignored

Galaxy S10+
Android: 9
PowerApps: 3.19081.19
Session Id: 1fe076b9-5faf-41e4-b0ea-5df3c468bd30
Device rotation setting ignored

So, NO, this is not specific to only one phone.
It appears to me as if this a feature of one of the newer PowerApps Android App versions.
And, yes, I tried re-installing and updating etc, still my phone rotation settings get ignored.

Thank you,
    Sa.

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Re: PowerApps ignores Auto-Rotation setting of my Android device!

Hello

Since I am afraid that this is the "intended" behaviour of the PowerApps on Android, I have submitted an idea to get rid of this nonsense.
https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/PowerApps-Ideas/Make-PowerApps-Android-App-respect-Device-Auto-R...

Thank you,
    Sa.

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Re: PowerApps ignores Auto-Rotation setting of my Android device!

Hello @v-monli-msft ,

Have you seen my reply?
This annoying issue can now be reproduced with all our Android devices.

Could you at least forward this annoying "bug" to someone from PowerApp staff?

Thank you,
    Sa Wu.

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