Portrait mode

In this tutorial, you’ll  learn how to rotate your Play Digital Signage slides by 90 degrees clock-wise (portrait mode). You’ll find it useful if you want to rotate your display vertically.

Setting up your screen in vertical mode involves 2 steps:

  • Creating content for portrait mode
  • Configuring player for portrait mode

Portrait mode content creation

Since display will be rotated 90 degrees, the aspect ratios are also flipped. Instead of the usual 16:9 aspect ratio, create a playlist with 9:16 ratio. Most TV screens produced today are in 16:9/9:16 aspect ratio, however you can always input your own custom ratio under “Advanced” section in the “Create playlist” popup window.

Portrait playlist

Configuring player in portrait mode

Now that the content is in right proportions, we need to rotate the display signal 90 degrees as well. If you are using an operating system that supports changing display orientation (Windows, Mac, Linux, ChromeOS and some Android devices), we strongly recommend configuring the screen rotation in the operating system settings rather than in our application settings as this is more efficient to render for the device.

Windows 10

Right-click on the desktop and select “Display settings” from the drop-down menu. Then select “Portrait” orientation from the Display menu.

Windows 10 portrait mode


Launch System Preferences from the Apple menu and find “Display”. In the Display settings change rotation to either 90 or 270 degrees.

OSX Portrait mode


Go to Settings -> Display -> Orientation and select either 90 or 270 degrees.

ChromeOS portrait mode

Raspberry PI

In Raspbian you’ll find the setting to change the orientation by going Menu -> Preferences -> Screen Configuration

Raspberry PI portrait mode


Not all Android devices support rotating display signal, but the option is usually under Settings->Display menu. After rotating the screen, the playlist may not fill up the entire screen, because width and height are now reversed. To fix that, go to our app options, then select “Screen edges” and adjust the red borders to match the screen.

If you can’t find the setting, please refer to FireOS guide below.


FireOS devices (Fire TV) don’t have an option to rotate the signal, so we have developed a workaround for it. This is not ideal as it requires more processing, however works as a band-aid solution. On the web portal “Screens” page click the “Settings” (gear) button on the screen you want to rotate to portrait mode. You’ll find the option to select between “Clockwise” and “Counter-Clockwise” in the display orientation section:

FireTV Portrait mode

Tip: These settings can also managed from the player by pressing the “menu” button on FireTV remote to bring up options menu.

Setting display edges

If you started the player application before you rotated the screen to portrait in the operating system settings, the content will be rotated, but not full screen. This is because the player has the edge properties from when it was in landscape mode. This is easy to fix though:
Open up options in the player and navigate to ‘Screen edges’. Now move the red lines to cover entire visible area.

Screen edges

Red lines need to be matched with display edges