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Detect layout type (landscape/portrait)

There will be a time you need to define your application GUI both in landscape and portrait (just rotate the phone).

Luckily, every droid has the built-in function to detect layout type. What you need to implement is:

1. Create two main.xml files for layout in both case: landscape and portrait.

2. Put those two main.xml in resources according to its type:



Just build and try your application GUI in runtime.


In case, you want to detect the timing when layout type change and you want to do some additional works in coding, you might wanna follow these steps:

1. Add android:configChanges=”orientation” to AndroidManifest.xml

2. Detect the orientation change:

public void onConfigurationChanged(Configuration newConfig) {
      Configuration c = getResources().getConfiguration();

      if(c.orientation == Configuration.ORIENTATION_PORTRAIT ) {
        // portrait

      } else if(c.orientation == Configuration.ORIENTATION_LANDSCAPE ){
        // landscape


Hope you enjoy it!


Pete Houston

  1. Szabi
    June 15, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Cause’ the changes are in “Configuration newConfig” not in the initial config file.

  2. October 26, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    Not works this tip: 2. Detect the orientation change

    • October 26, 2011 at 10:06 pm

      Do step 1. first then step 2. will work.

      • January 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

        The “order” that you type the code in… doesn’t make any difference at all.

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