Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Get Current Screen Orientation in ANDROID

AIM:  Get Current Screen Orientation in ANDROID
The following method does the required functionality.

public int getScreenOrientation() {

// Query what the orientation currently really is.
if (getResources().getConfiguration().orientation == Configuration.ORIENTATION_PORTRAIT)                {
   // The following message is only displayed once.
    return 1; // Portrait Mode

}else if (getResources().getConfiguration().orientation == Configuration.ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE) {
   // The following message is only displayed once.
    return 2;   // Landscape mode
return 0;

This is simple and effective.

Please let me know if any.


  1. wow, this is a good snippet :)personally I like to return portrait or landscape but I guess that's a bit more byte lol

  2. Great method thanks,
    I think its also a good idea to check if the orientation is undefined eg;
    Configuration config = getResources().getConfiguration();
    orientation = config.orientation;
    // if(orientation==Configuration.ORIENTATION_UNDEFINED)
    // {
    //if height and width of screen are equal then
    // it is square orientation
    { orientation = Configuration.ORIENTATION_SQUARE;
    }//if width is less than height than it is portrait
    if(getOrient.getWidth() < getOrient.getHeight())

    orientation = Configuration.ORIENTATION_PORTRAIT;
    { // if it is not any of the above it will defineitly be landscape
    Log.d("DEBUG","HERE - LANDSCAPE");
    orientation = Configuration.ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE;
    // }

  3. not working FORCED TO CLOSE

  4. how to get orientation for SCREEN_ORIENTATION_REVERSE_LANDSCAPE and SCREEN_ORIENTATION_REVERSE_PORTRAIT in that case it is sending 2 and 3 but value which does not match with the value of above mentioned orientation for reverse portrait it is 9 and reverse landscape it is 8

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