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Detect Device Orientation With Javascript

Hey everyone. Welcome to today’s tutorial. In today’s tutorial, we will learn how to detect device orientation and changes in device orientation. To build this project, we need javascript.
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Project Folder Structure:

Before we start coding, let us take a look at the project folder structure. We create a project folder called – ‘Detect Device Orientation’. Inside this folder, we have two files. These files are index.html and style.css. I have included the javascript code in the body element itself.


We begin with the HTML code. The HTML code consists of a div with a class name container. Inside div, we have a button with id – ‘check’ and a p tag with id- ‘status’.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0" />
    <title>Detect Device Orientation</title>
    <!-- Stylesheet -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css" />
    <div class="container">
      <button class="hide" id="check" onclick="orientationChange()">
        Check Orientation
      <p id="status"></p>
    <!-- Script -->
      //Create Initial References
      const statusRef = document.getElementById("status");
      const checkOrientationButton = document.getElementById("check");

      //Create the query
      const potraitMediaQuery = window.matchMedia("(orientation:potrait)");

      //Define a callback function for the event listener (For safari/ios since they don't support screen orientation)
      const mediaOrientationChange = (mediaQuery) => {
        if (!mediaQuery.matches) {
          statusRef.innerText = `Landscape`;
        } else {
          statusRef.innerText = `Potrait`;

      //onchange event would be triggered whenever the orientation  changes
      window.screen.orientation.onchange = orientationChange = () => {
        if (screen.orientation.type.includes("landscape")) {
          statusRef.innerText = `Landscape`;
        } else {
          statusRef.innerText = `Potrait`;

      //However for Firefox it doesn't get fired hence we add buttons to manually display the changed orientation
      window.onload = () => {
        statusRef.innerText = "";
        if ("mozOrientation" in screen) {
          //For firefox
          //Since we had issues with onchange on firefox the button would simply call the function which we call on change
        } else if ("orientation" in screen) {
          //Supported Browsers
        } else {
          //For safari
          potraitMediaQuery.addEventListener("change", mediaOrientationChange);


Next, we added CSS to this code. You can skip the CSS code as it has nothing to do with the functionality of the code. I have only added it to make the output of our project look more presentable.

/* Only For Styling Purpose*/
* {
  margin: 0;
  padding: 0;
  box-sizing: border-box;
body {
  background-color: #4088f4;
.container {
  font-size: 2.4em;
  background-color: #ffffff;
  width: 12em;
  height: 12em;
  position: absolute;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
  padding: 4em 0;
  display: grid;
  place-items: center;
  font-family: "Poppins", sans-serif;
  color: #22203e;
  border-radius: 0.5em;
/* IMP */
.hide {
  display: none;
@media screen and (max-width: 500px) {
  .container {
    font-size: 20px;


Finally, we add functionality to our code using Javascript. We do this in the following steps:

  1. Create initial references
  2. Create the query
  3. Define a callback function for the event listener. This is for safari/ios since they don’t support screen orientation.
  4. Create an onchange event that would be triggered whenever the orientation changes
  5.  Add a button to manually display the changed orientation for firefox. Since we had issues with onchange on firefox, the button would simply call the function which we call on change.

That’s it for this tutorial. If you find any issues while creating this project, you can download the source code by clicking on the ‘Download Code’ button below.

If you have any queries, suggestions or feedback you can comment below.

Happy Coding!

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