EDIT 07/25: We are planning to do this for a future build and looking into the implementation now. I don’t have an ETA for it yet since we’re trying to figure out which sprint would work best for this but landscape view will happen.
While we have a landscape orientation for viewing streams, the app itself is not optimized for landscape view. This causes difficulty for people with disabilities and for some other use cases. Right now, we’re not optimized per iOS standards.
Regarding “other use cases”… many folks with tablets tend to put them in a stand in landscape orientation and utilize them while in the stand. For iPad, it is often the case that switching to portrait means removing the tablet from the stand and also having to remove the power cable. This, IMO, is a much more frequent use case than disability/accessibility.
Further, Apple’s developer guidelines state:
If possible, support both portrait and landscapeorientations. People prefer to use apps in different orientations, so it’s best when you can fulfill that expectation.*
Hate to bring this up again, but … due to a physical disability, it’s exceedingly difficult for me to pivot my iPad 90° every single time I launch the app (iOS). I’m guessing that other iPad owners who use the app can relate. I’d sincerely appreciate an official reply from someone at Wyze (even if the answer is “no, never!”) as to whether there will ever be support, throughout the app, for landscape mode on an iPad. It was surprising, actually, that it wasn’t already there out of the gate. Of the dozens of apps I have installed, I think it’s the ONLY one that doesn’t support both portrait and landscape. As an example of how important this is to people … when the SiriusXM app was updated earlier this year and landscape mode mysteriously disappeared, there was, rightfully, outrage in the SiriusXM community (and App Store ratings) … their developers restored landscape mode in a subsequent update. Note that other than the landscape issue, I absolutely love the Wyze app and the 9 cameras I’ve purchased. Thanks.
I agree with this 100%! I was so surprised to see that app rotation was NOT available! It seems like many people would use their iPad as their primary way to view video feeds. I just installed my cams last week and came here to question about landscape mode in the app. Please add this as soon as possible! Thank you!
Thanks for pointing this out. We need to revisit this for our next planning as the scope is bigger than what our resources can support. For example, the layout of almost every page needs to be redesigned and this will take significant time. We also need to be make sure screen rotation works on each page.
Thanks for the reply @CaptainMark … I appreciate it. Yeah, landscape mode throughout the app would greatly help iPad owners (esp. me), but having been a programmer for >30 years, I DO understand your issue re: resources. Having said that, I assume we shouldn’t expect Picture-in-Picture support in the near future either, although PiP on an iPad (with Live stream playing in the small window) would be simply awesome. Thanks again.
FYI, on Android there are a few apps that allow a “Force Rotate” whenever the phone is tilted and when I enabled that and tested the Wyze App everything worked that I tested. Obviously this is very very basic but it didn’t crash out or anything and the app, while not optimized, still worked the same. There are some apps that do the same for iOS but only if jailbroken I believe.
I installed the iPad app and signed up before purchasing any cameras to see if iPad support was there. I use my iPad Pro in landscape orientation with the Smart Keyboard. Not supporting this orientation is a dealbreaker for me. Would have loved to buy into these cameras but it looks like I’ll be spending my money elsewhere.
Given that you own an iPad Pro, do you feel that landscape mode support throughout the app is a priority, as I do? Very awkward now to use the app on an iPad (esp. if in a case). FWIW … I use the app exclusively on a iPad Pro 9.7" (2016 version).
For those Android users, not sure what version of Android that started with multi windows support, but if you want landscape support, you may want to try to Wyze app in multi window mode. You will need to launch two apps to start the multi window. Once both apps are running side by side while your table is in side way, you can now resize the other app. If you do it just right, Wyze app will be running in landscape mode.
Not sure why but, if this works, what extra work is required?