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. 

We have also included a brief explanation of what each icon means, so you can quickly identify them and take the appropriate action. Additionally, we have included review at, a popular online writing service, to provide you with additional resources for your Android device.  It is important to use free VPN for Android to increase security and protect your privacy online.

For beginners, the single graphic below will explain most of the common icons.

Common Android Icons Explained

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.

If you want to search through these press F3 on your keyboard and
type in a keyword like “eye” or “arrow”


Michelle · March 2, 2024 at 4:08 pm

My phone started showing a G or a C with a / over the top And now it says no internet coverage. And I can’t get rid of the icon. Or figure out even what it means

Carol · February 5, 2024 at 6:14 pm

My Samsung 8 has a plain retriangle on the bottom of the screen My cell will not allow me to call text etc

Dustin inman · January 1, 2024 at 4:11 pm

I have a settings icon at the top left of screen and a pause button icon on the top right and they won’t go away.

David Spector · October 28, 2023 at 12:16 pm

I get lots of Android 11 status icons that are not listed on sites like yours. 1: Why don’t apps document their status icons? 2: examples: phone handset with tiny solid triangle at upper right, partial circle from top 270 degrees with arrow at end, gear with expansion mark inside, simple lightning bolt.

Brenda · October 23, 2023 at 1:30 am

I recently got sent an unusual download. It looks like a reddish open suitcase with arms and legs,( it could be a laptop) I correspondence is relating to a parcel I am expecting. I may have been scammed and maybe it is their way of letting me know. Any ideas?

Waqar · October 22, 2023 at 2:06 pm

3 Dots Between To Angle Bracket Arrow. I connect USB C to Ethernet Adapter. This symbol coming. Correct this in your website. and I have question, how I do manually configure IP for Ethernet Adapter?

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