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Selective rotation lock in iOS apps with Swift

A guide on how to implement selective rotation lock on iOS apps

Start by enabling Portrait, Landscape left and right oriention in your app settings.

In your AppDelagate.swift add:

var enableAllOrientation = false

func application(_ application: UIApplication, supportedInterfaceOrientationsFor window: UIWindow?) -> UIInterfaceOrientationMask {
    if (enableAllOrientation == true){
        return UIInterfaceOrientationMask.allButUpsideDown
    return UIInterfaceOrientationMask.portrait

This sets your app to not rotate by default.
Then in your controller that you want to allow to rotate add:

override func viewWillAppear(_ animated: Bool) {
    let appDelegate = UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate
    appDelegate.enableAllOrientation = true
override func viewWillDisappear(_ animated: Bool) {
    let appDelegate = UIApplication.shared.delegate as! AppDelegate
    appDelegate.enableAllOrientation = false
    let value = UIInterfaceOrientation.portrait.rawValue
    UIDevice.current.setValue(value, forKey: "orientation")

This will enable rotation on the controller and then disable it again when you leave the controller and make the app rotate back to portrait mode.
You can easily make the app do the opposite by setting enableAllOrientation to true from the start and then swap the code in viewWillAppear and viewWillDisappear, basically forcing that single view to be in portrait, or any other orientation you want.

All of this was taken from these two answers to this question on Stack Overflow.