Android cell phones, tablets and Chromebooks are now fully featured devices and they have a substantial number of sometimes confusing notification icons. We regularly receive requests from visitors about what the icons on their various Android devices mean so we invested a day researching all of the current Android icons we could track down.
For beginners, the single graphic below will explain most of the common icons.
However, there are a myriad of other Android icons that sit in the notification bar at the top of your screen and here is the most complete list of explanations we could create:
Vo)) LTE – Voice over LTE instead of 3G Network Phone handset with 4G – Voice Traffice is going over 4G Network Vertical bars getting larger to the right – Cellular signal strength indicator Up arrow with horizontal line under it icon Something is being uploaded Down arrow with horizontal bar at he bottom – Cell is downloading something Horizontal Left and Right Arrows – Voice over LTE as opposed to voice going over a 3G network Screen with a down arrow inside icon – A system update is available Triangle with up and down arrows inside it – Some apps have restricted data usage aka Data Saver Mode Triangle with up and down arrows – Data limit has been reached according to your service provider Triangle pointing right icon – Music player is on Triangle icon – Cell is connected to a network different than your contracted company aka Roaming is enabled Thought bubble with C inside it – ChatOn app is active Tape icon – Voicemail has been received T with a curved top aka Tesla icon – Tesla app is active Steering Wheel aka Circle with three lines to center triangle icon – Driving mode aka hands free is enabled Square with number 1 icon – Scheduled item from calendar is happening now Square with M inside and second icon behind – Gmail has received more than one email Square with M inside – Gmail has received a single message Speaker with diagonal line through it and waves on each side – Notifications with vibrate but not provide audible alerts Speaker with a lin through it – No audible alerts aka Silent Mode SIM card with X in front – SIM card is not deteded SIM card with exclamation mark to the right – SIM card is not detected SIM card with exclamation mark in a circle – SIM card is not detected Shopping bags on angle icon – Samsung Apps have updates Shopping bag with right facing triangle inside icon – Google Play Store has updates to the apps installed on your cell Shopping bag with checkmark inside -Google PlayStore has successfully downloaded and installed an app Sheild icon with horizontal curved lines inside icon – aka lookout icon – a security notice has been received SD Card with exclamation mark icon – Something is wrong with your SD Memory Card SD Card with cog inside it icon – SD card is being prepared SD card icon – SD Memory card has been unmounted and is now safe to remove without needing to power down Satellite dish with Curves to the top right icon – Devices GPS is active S in oblong circle aka Samsung long – Notification about your Samsung Account has been received Rectangle with eye waves icon – Your screen is being duplicated on an external monitor or TV aka screen mirroring Rectangle with corner missing and red X in the middle – SIM Card missing – Used by Verizon Recangle with mountains inside – A screenshot has been captured R with an airplane icon – Cell is connected to a network different than your contraced company aka Roaming is enabled Printer icon – Print job is in process Pitch fork pointing up icon aka USB- Device it teathered using USB Phone handset with horizontal lines under it icon – Device is conencted to a TTY as an accesibility feature Phone handset on angle with two virtical bars icon – Call is on hold Phone handset on angle with right arrow icon – Call Forwarding is active Phone handset on angle with curved waves to the right icon – Call is on speakerphone Phone handset on angle with A and circle slash icon – All calls or calls from a Reject List are being automtically regected Phone handset on angle icon – Call is active Phone handset horizontal with bent arrow above it icon – You missed a call Phone handset horizontal icon – Call has ended Pencil icon – Samsung S Pen has been detected N icon – Near Field Communication NFC is enabled – this is used for Tap applications Microphone with slash through it icon – You microphone is set to mute Microphone inside box icon – Voice Recorder is recording Microphone icon – Voice input is enabled Mail envelope with right arrow icon – Email is being sent Mail envelope with circle and exclamation mark icon – Text MMS message failed to send Mail envelope icon – New message has been received Mail envelope with @ sign icon – Email has been received LTE Plus with up and down arrows under it icon – LTE plus data network is in use Lock with exclamation mark inside triange – Device lock has not been setup – like a password pin or face recognition Lock with door behind icon – Private Mode is enabled Lightening bolt icon – Download booster enabled – both Wifi and Cellular being used for Downloads Light Bulb icon – Camera LED light is on aka flashlight Left Pointing Arrow with Plus sign in the middle icon – More notifications available – too many to display here Keyboard icon – touch screen keyboard is on Horizontal Curves expanding upwards with question mark inside – a WiFi network has been detected but not connected to Horizontal Curves expanding upwards with question mark in circle icon – a WiFi network has been detected but not connected to Horizontal Curves expanding upwards with clock in circle icon – WiFi timer has been set Horizontal Curves expanding upwards with arrows on each side pointing in – WiFi is connecting to another device aka WiFi Direct mode Horizontal Curves expanding upwards icon with different background color – WiFi is active Horizontal Curves expanding upwards icon – Device is acting as a hotspot allowing other devices to use its internet connection Horizontal curved lines with up and down arrows to the right icon – Device is connected to WiFi and up and down arrows show upload and download usage Headphones icon – Earphones are connected Head with waves to the right icon – Voice Recorder is recording Hand icon – Device will voice what is on the screen aka Talk Back mode H with plus sign to the right icon – Device is connected to an enhanged 3G network Funnel with black circle aka Here icon – GPS is enabled Film with right facing triangle in the middle icon – Video is playing Eye icon – Smart Screen is enabled allowing the device to stay on when it thinks you are near – aka Smart Stay Circular arrows with an exclaimation mark inside the middle – Syncronization Error detected Circular arrows with an exclaimation mark inside a circle – Syncronization Error detected Circular arrows icon – Synchronization is working Circle with whole in it and small cirle to the left with exclamation mark to the right icon – your storage disk is full Circle with line up down right and left and circle in the middle – GPS is transmitting Circle with line up down right and left – GPS is acquiring a signal from satalites Circle with horizontal line icon -Blocking mode enabled – only calls from those on appoved list are allowed Circle with diagonal slash through it aka Do Not Enter icon – Your phone can not find a cellular signal to connect to Circle broken in top right with a plus sign in the middle icon – Data Saver is enabled Cell with curved arrow icon – Your cell is sha sharing media with nearby devices Cell phone with rectantgle behind it – Cell is connected to an external monitor or TV using HDMI Cell phone with exlaimation mark inside triangle – Your cell is in Safe Mode Cell phone inside round cicle on angle – You cell is using a docking station Book with arrows pointing left and right icon – Android Beam function is connected to other devices Bluetooth icon with triangle arrows – Bluetooth i communicating Bluetooth Icon- cell is tethered to a different device Battery with recycling icon – Power Saving is enabled Battery Red Exclaimation Mark icon – Battery has less than 5 percent charge Battery lightening bolt – Cell phone is charging Battery 100 icon – Battery is fully charged Alarm Clock icon – Pending Alarm has been set Airplane -Icon – Airplane mode – Cellular connections disabled 4GLTE up and down arrow icon – Using Data on 4G network 4G up and down arrow icon – Using Data on 4G network 3 Cell phones with arrows in middle – You cell has started or joined a Group play 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