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.

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