How To Rotate Your Android TV/Fire Stick Screen To Landscape


One of the issues with sideloading an app designed for your Android smartphone on to your Android TV or FireStick is that it doesn’t always look like it should.

Sometimes the screen is rotated into portrait mode when you need it in landscape mode. Other times, the orientation is stretched out across the screen, making it difficult to read. Occasionally the app will display sideways and the screen won’t rotate no matter what you try.

I came across this problem while writing a tutorial on how to install TikTok on an Android TV and FireStick.

When I installed it on my FireStick, the app was sideways, so I couldn’t use it. On my Mi Box Android TV, the app was right-side-up. However it stretched all the text and pictures to fit landscape mode.

So I did a little research and found an app that will automatically rotate any apps so they look great on your Android TV or FireStick screen.

Set Orientation App

I’d love to tell you that Set Orientation is a hot new app that solves the rotation problem on Android TV and FireStick, but that’d be a lie.

Set Orientation was developed way back in 2015 by Ashwin Nanjappa, who’s now a Senior Software Engineer for NVIDIA. Even though it hasn’t been updated in some time, it’s still the best solution I’ve found.

Set Orientation sits on top of your apps and launcher. I really like that it only steps in when it has to, and leaves your system alone for the most part.

It was initially designed to use on smartphones when the rotation sensor isn’t working properly. However, Android TV users can enable it to force landscape mode for certain apps.

There’s only one setting. Choosing portrait or landscape will rotate apps into either portrait or landscape orientation, respectively. There are two automatic modes which sets the orientation based on each individual app.

Personally, I’ve found that I can set it to Automatic and just forget about it.

Let’s take a look at how to download and install the Set Orientation APK on both Android TV and FireStick.


How to Rotate Screen on Android TV

In this walkthrough, I’ll be using my Xiaomi Mi Box S running Android 9 Pie. The process will be the same for any Android TV or TV box.

How to Install Set Orientation on Android TV

To start the process, open up the Downloader App. If this is your first time using it, you can check out my tutorial here to get you up and running quickly.

The Home tab of the Downloader App has a search bar. There you can enter in the exact URL of the page you want to go to, or a search term.

In this case, we’ll be searching for the Set Orientation APK. Enter that in the search bar and click Go.

That will open Downloader’s integrated browser and search Google for us. Here we can see the top results are from APKPure and APKMirror, which is what we want.

It doesn’t matter which site you choose. Both will take you to their download pages for Set Orientation 1.1.4. For this walkthrough, I’m going to click on APKPure.

Once you get to APKPure, you’ll see the Download APK button near the top of the screen. Click on it to start the installation process.

The APK file for Set Orientation is only 114 KB, so the process should only take a few seconds. If the installation process doesn’t start automatically, click the Install button on this pop-up box.

Set Orientation only requires one permission to work. Click Install to continue.

Once the installation has finished, delete the APK file to free up space on your Android TV.

Launching Set Orientation on Android TV

Since we had to sideload the Set Orientation app, it doesn’t automatically create an icon on our app drawer.

Personally, I use Sideload Launcher to get around that. It creates a secondary app drawer that has all of your installed and sideloaded apps on it.

The first time you open the Set Orientation app, you’ll get a message saying that it was designed for an older version of Android and may not work correctly.

As I mentioned earlier, this app hasn’t been updated in a long time. However, I’ve found that it’s so simple and well-designed, that it still works on today’s modern Android TV OS.

The app will launch on top of your home screen. Click on the arrow to open the drop-down settings menu.

I recommend selecting Automatic. That will let Set Orientation decide on a per-app basis whether it needs to rotate the screen, or leave it alone.


How to Rotate Screen on Amazon FireStick

The process is similar on the Amazon Fire TV Stick. However, there are enough differences that it deserves it’s own walkthrough. Here, I’ll be using the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite.

How to Install Set Orientation on Amazon Fire TV

To start, open the Downloader App by AFTVNews. This is available on the Amazon App Store.

If you haven’t already downloaded it, I highly recommend it. It’s by far the easiest way to sideload apps on your Fire TV.

Once you open the Downloader app, you’ll find yourself on the home tab. Here you’ll find a search bar where you can enter the URL of the page you want, or

Enter Set Orientation APK in the search field and click Go.

This pulls up Downloader’s integrated web browser and goes right to the Google search results page.

Here, you can see the two top results are for the download pages for the Set Orientation 1.1.4 APK. The first is from APKPure, and the second is from APKMirror.

I use both sites frequently, so it doesn’t matter which you choose. For this example, we’re going to download the APK file from APKPure.

Click on the link to APKPure.

Start the download process by clicking on the green Download APK button. The entire file is only 114KB, so this should only take a few seconds to download.

The install process should start right away. If it doesn’t click on the Install button on the pop-up box.

Set Orientation has one additional permission that you have to approve before you can install it.

It has the ability to appear above other apps on your device. We’ll see what that looks like in the next section.

For now, click Install to complete the process.

Once the installation process is complete, be sure to delete the APK file from your Fire TV Stick. There’s no reason to keep it, and it’ll help free up a little space from your device.

Launching Set Orientation on Amazon Fire TV

You can launch Set Orientation now from the notification box in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Otherwise, exit Downloader and go back to the home screen.

If you didn’t launch it right away, you can find Set Orientation in the Your Apps & Channels tab.

After launching the app, you’ll get a message telling you that the app was built for an older version of Android and may not work correctly.

As I mentioned earlier, this app was created back in 2015 – right around the time the first FireTV came out.

I’ve been able to use it without any issues on my FireStick, but just be aware that it may not work on every app.

Go ahead and click OK to continue.

The main screen of the app has a single drop-down box for it’s one setting.

Click the down arrow on the box to continue.

Set Orientation app on Fire TV Stick

I recommend choosing the Automatic setting. That lets Set Orientation decide how to rotate the screen for each app. In most cases, it won’t do anything at all. However, it’ll automatically take over when it needs to.

Conclusion

Sideloading apps on to your Android TV or Fire Stick is a great way to get apps that you might not have access to. However, sometimes apps designed for smartphones don’t show up correctly on a television.

The Set Orientation app is an easy way to automatically force Android and FireTV to rotate the screen into landscape or portrait mode.

Tim Wells

Tim Wells got his first computer at the age of ten and hasn't stopped tinkering ever since. After discovering Android TV boxes in 2013, he created a popular Android PC Review website and guided it to over 8 million pageviews before selling it in 2018. After a brief hiatus from the industry he's back at the helm of AndroidTVNews.com to bring Android TV boxes to the forefront of the streaming world. When he's not writing, he spends as much time as he can with his beautiful wife and his bulldog.

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