The success of iPhone was mainly due to the easy to use operating system iOS. However, there are so many symbols on the iPhone’s top status bar, Control Center and other default apps like Safari, Photos, etc. Some of the symbols are easy to understand but some icons need you to look for iPhone user manual or search in Google. For example, do you know why there is a blue dot shown with the app name? The answer is, iOS will show you a blue dot whenever an app gets update from App Store. It helps you to know the update and check the history of the app in case of any problems. In this article, we will provide the meaning of iPhone symbols.
Related: Keyboard shortcuts for iPhone.
Meaning of iPhone Symbols
Here is a complete list and meaning of iPhone symbols used in iOS.
|Cellular signal range, indicating the strength of your mobile network|
|No Service||Shows when no cellular network signal detected by iPhone|
|Cellular network strength symbol for dual SIM iPhone|
|LTE||Indicates the availability of carrier’s Long Term Evolution network indicating the iPhone can connect to internet|
|5G||5G communication network, if you see 5G E, the E shows the availability of Edge network|
|4G||4G communication network|
|3G||3G communication network|
|GPRS||GPRS service for GSM|
|Connected to wireless network|
|Connected to VPN|
|An app is using location service|
|Conditional or restricted location service, you will see this icon on top status bar when using apps like Maps.|
|Connecting or processing. You can see this on the top status bar when opening websites in Safari. Also, you can see this when shutting down your iPhone.|
|Do not disturb|
|Syncing with iCloud|
|Locked or lock screen|
|Paired with wireless headphone|
|Alarm is setup|
|Battery level of your iPhone. Green indicates sufficiently charged battery (generally +80%), yellow indicates low power mode and red indicates low battery (<20%).|
|Battery level of device paired with Bluetooth|
|Connected to internet via personal hotspot|
|Charging symbol in green appears next to battery icon|
|Blue status bar||Connected to personal hotspot, screen mirroring or using location services|
|Green status bar||You are on a call|
|Red status bar||Recording screen or call|
|Blue Dot Before App Name||Indicates that the app was updated recently|
|Red Badge on the App Icon||Indicates the unattended notifications or unread mails depending upon the app. You can see this on individual app as well as on the folders.|
|Scan QR Code in Control Center|
|Screen Mirroring in Control Center|
|New notes in Control Center|
|Timer in Control Center|
|Reply in Mail app|
|Create new mail|
|Archive in Mail app|
|Flag in Mail app|
|Folders in Mail app|
|Tab switcher in Safari|
|Reading List in Safari|
|Favorites or Bookmarks in Safari|
|Refresh page in Safari|
|Text size change|
|Accessibility shortcuts symbol|
|App switcher symbol|
|Apple TV remote|
|Control Center symbol|
|Do not disturb while driving|
|Show or hide password|
|iPhone Settings iCon|
|Favorites or Custom|
iPhone Symbols PDF
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4 Dots running left to right, upper right hand corner
I can’t find what an icon symbol on my iphone means..in [ ] inside those are 3 horizontal line 2 large 1 smaller…
I see three symbols on my iPhone that are not shown on this list: one is a present, one is a speech box with a number inside, and one is a rectangle with the bottom poked in. What do they mean?
Sooooo grateful. Hardly know how to speak English anymore! Much less Apple!
Is it possible to receive a printable copy of your list, “Meaning of iPhone symbols”. I would be most appreciative.
Thank you for compiling the list.