You can use the side switch on iPad to either lock the screen orientation or to mute some iPad sounds and alerts:
Rotation Lock prevents the iPad display from switching between portrait and landscape mode. While Screen Rotation Lock is enabled, the following occurs:
- The display remains in landscape or portrait mode, regardless of how iPad is held.
- The Rotation Lock icon appears in the status bar.
When you mute your iPad, only certain sounds are muted.
- Sounds such as alerts, notifications, sound effects, and game audio are muted.
- Media playback (such as music, podcasts, movies, videos, and TV shows) are not muted.
Changing the function of iPad's side switch
- Tap Settings > General.
Under Use Side Switch To, select Lock Rotation or Mute.
IOS 7: Once the function for the Side Switch has been selected, you can find the other option via the Control Center
Swipe up along the bottom of the screen to display Control Center (you can do this from any screen, including the Lock screen).
IOS6: Once the function for the Side Switch has been selected, you can find the other option via the Control Center
Double-Tap your home button to open the multitasking tray and make a swipe to the right to display the Control Center.