Camera app has an interesting behavior – When you rotate from portrait to landscape, only some buttons will rotate, while the camera preview layer and texts do not.

This post is a guide on creating such UI behavior.

1. Lock to only Portrait Orientation

In your Info.plist, edit UISupportedInterfaceOrientations to have only UIInterfaceOrientationPortrait.

We don’t want the other orientations, because we will manually handle them.

2. Observe orientationDidChangeNotification

In your view controller, observe for the event when device orientation change.

override func viewDidLoad() {
    NotificationCenter.default.addObserver(self, selector: #selector(deviceOrientationDidChange),
        name: UIDevice.orientationDidChangeNotification, object: nil)

3. Handle the rotation event

This is where the magic happens. A very simple magic, by setting the transform property of each view.

@objc private func deviceOrientationDidChange() {
    let viewsToRotate = [button1, button2, labelXX, viewXX]
    let rotation = UIDevice.current.orientation.rotationTransform
    viewsToRotate.forEach {
        $0.transform = rotation

rotationTransform is a UIDeviceOrientation extension that provide us the required rotation according to the device orientation, as follows:

extension UIDeviceOrientation {
    var rotationTransform: CGAffineTransform {
        switch self {
        case .landscapeLeft: return CGAffineTransform(rotationAngle: .pi/2)
        case .landscapeRight: return CGAffineTransform(rotationAngle: -.pi/2)
        case .portraitUpsideDown: return CGAffineTransform(rotationAngle: .pi)
        default: return .identity

Of course, to polish with an animation, you can wrap with UIView.animate().




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