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Tip: Trick Your iPhone To Watch Movies & Shows In Portrait View

February 4, 2010

The iPhone natively displays your movies and shows in landscape view and you might think that there isn't much you can do about it. Well, if you'd rather access your shows in portrait view like above, it's actually possible with some simple tricks.

The first method, a trick of my own, doesn't even require iTunes, here is the step by step walk through:

  1. Get on the iPod app
  2. Go in Playlist category
  3. Hit "On-the-go"
  4. If it's not empty hit clear, then clear the playlist, back, and "on-the-go" again
  5. Now you're making your playlist, hit the video category
  6. Pick your movie
  7. Hit done
  8. Hit your movie under the edit button
  9. Your movie will start in portrait view
It might sound complicated but the idea is simple and shouldn't take more than a couple seconds.

Tuaw's Sang Tang is reporting another neat trick, which might be simpler but requires iTunes and more planning:

Getting your iPhone to play a movie or TV show in portrait mode requires a simple change in the video's tag, from TV Show or Movie to Podcast. (In iTunes) Simply right-click on the file and select "get info "(or you could use the Command-I shortcut).

Then, in the "Media Kind" section within the "Options" tab of the video, select Podcast. Now, the videos will show up in both the Podcasts and Videos section of the iPod portion on your iPhone.

This should also allow you to then access your videos in portrait view, from the podcast section.

Have any similar tricks of your own?

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