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.

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:




Melanie · June 15, 2021 at 11:13 pm

Hi Ian
What is two circles with arrow through?
I’ve checked your contact page on where to send screenshots – On site support does not give any contact information?

    Ian Matthews · June 17, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Hi Melanie;

    In your private message to me, you identified that icon as an app named “Reface”. We are putting this comment through to help others with similar questions.


Jenny · May 5, 2021 at 11:40 am

What is a phone handset on angle with a plus sign?

    Ian Matthews · May 10, 2021 at 9:44 am

    Hi Jenny;

    If you can send me a screenshot of that icon (see our CONTACT PAGE) I will dig into it further, but it sounds like (pun intended) it might be to add more callers to a conference call.

      wolf · September 23, 2021 at 2:01 pm

      my girl told me her phone is not working i see faded white bars all of them are faded and then next to that full WiFi bar all solid white no arrows up and down just the bars so what could be the problem? philippines use load to use a phone and sim cards she did buy a new sim card but still did not work she then tried the card oh her sisters phone and it worked do u have any idea what it could be also what does that mean to have all WiFi bard are full solid white but the signal bars are faded meaning no signal

        Ian Matthews · September 28, 2021 at 9:59 am

        Hi Wolf;

        A few questions may help: Is there any damage on the device? Was it dropped in water? What is the make and model? What is the version of Android?

        I have not seen the icons you describe, but if they are faded IT people would likely call that “greyed out” and likely means that the WiFi is down. What I have seen is icons with a circle and a line through them to indicate a problem, which is not the icon you describe. I would take the device to a retail store or kiosk that supports the brand you have and ask them. As a guess I would suggest that the WiFi has failed (i.e. internal antenna has come loose).

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