Per-View Auto-Rotation Locking Made Easy for iOS 8 and 9

This week I was working on an app where the client wanted to lock the app rotation to Portrait on some screens and Landscape on others. Luckily I had built all of my views in AutoLayout so they already supported the required layouts, I just needed to lock them. Rotation API's are one of the most frequently deprecated parts of UIKit so when I started working on this, I had to look it up, and let me say, it's pretty noisy out there. After an hour or so of research and another hour or two of experimentation, I finally boiled it down to two parts.

Select ALL POSSIBLE interface orientations you plan to support in your Info.plist.


Then you really only have to implement one method.

Swift 1.2

override func supportedInterfaceOrientations() -> Int {
    return Int(UIInterfaceOrientationMask.Portrait.rawValue)

Swift 2.0

override func supportedInterfaceOrientations() -> UIInterfaceOrientationMask {
    return UIInterfaceOrientationMask.Portrait

Making sure to select Portrait or Landscape depending on what you want. This is probably one of the messiest API transitions I have seen recently and it took me a while to actually notice what I kept doing wrong in Swift 1.2. (that Int cast is ugly) Sample Code