If you own an iPhone, you know the ease it provides you in your everyday life, from Siri, a built-in calendar, web browsing, and more. The fact of the matter is that your iPhone holds boundless information, and is in fact, updating you with information 24/7, even though you may not be aware of such.
Besides the suggestions that Siri provides you, your iPhone also provides you with status updates about its own performance, nearby networks, your battery usage, and more. This is done via status icons. Status icons are those tiny icons you’ll notice at the top of your screen. This area is known as the status bar. If you own an iPhone X or onwards, you’ll notice the status icons at the top-left or top-right of your screen.
The iPhone also uses many symbols to convey certain messages. You’ll notice a large number of symbols in your Control Center by swiping either up from the bottom of the screen, or swiping down from the top-right corner of your screen, depending on which iPhone model you own.
The symbols and status icons your iPhone uses provide essential information that will not only aid you in many tasks but will also notify you about how your device is performing. It’s essential to understand what these symbols mean. Look at the images and descriptions below to learn what the icons on your iPhone are trying to tell you.
Status Icons on Your iPhone
This is a sought-after icon that tends to make people happy. If you see this icon it means you’re connected to the internet via a Wi-Fi network. This means even if you don’t have a SIM, you can browse the internet.
This icon means that an application or website is using your location via Location Services. You can disable Location Services from the Settings application. If you see this icon uncolored it means your location is being retrieved under certain conditions.
This icon represents your iPhone’s battery level. If the icon is colored red, it means your battery percentage is less than 20. If the icon is colored yellow, it means your device is currently in Low Power Mode.
This icon means your iPhone is currently charging.
This icon shows the battery level of your paired Bluetooth device.
This icon means you have enabled Do Not Disturb mode on your device. Do Not Disturb mode will silence all calls, messages, and alerts. However, not to worry, your alarms will still sound.
This icon means your alarm clock is on.
This icon means your cellular network range is working well. You’ll be able to easily make and receive calls, and messages. If you lose signal, this icon will disappear and you’ll see a No Service message.
This icon is the same as the above icon, however, it appears when you’ve Dual SIM capability.
LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, and represents high speed wireless communication technology. If you see this icon, it means your carriers LTE network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
You’ll only see option if you have an iPhone 8 or onwards. This means your carriers 5G E network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
This icon means your carriers 4G network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
This icon means your carriers 3G network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
This icon means your carriers GPRS or 1xRTT network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
This icon means your carriers EDGE network is available and can be used to connect to the internet.
VPN stands for virtual private network. This network protects your privacy and allows you to anonymously appear anywhere you’d like. Most people use VPN’s to access websites that are otherwise blocked in their locations. If you see the VPN icon, it means you’re connected to a network via a VPN.
This icon means you’ll be able to use Wi-Fi calling. Usually, the name of your carrier will also be written next to this icon.
You may have noticed this icon in the Control Center, if you swipe up on your iPhone display (or swipe down from the top right on newer iPhone models). If you tap on this icon in the Control Center, you’ll enable Airplane Mode, and a small airplane icon, as seen above, will appear in the status bar. When Airplane Mode is enabled, you won’t be able to make phone calls or use Bluetooth. Unless you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, you won’t be able to browse the internet either.
This icon means your device is carrying out activity via the network connection.
This icon means rotation lock is enabled. In other words, you won’t be able to rotate your device. You can turn off this setting from the Control Center, by clicking on the icon that looks exactly like the one above.
This icon means your device is currently locked. You’ll need to enter a passcode or use Touch ID in order to unlock your device.
This icon appears when you pair your iPhone with wireless headphones, earbuds, or a wireless headset.
This icon means your iPhone is connected to the internet using the Personal Hotspot of another device. If your iPhone has data, you can also enable Personal Hotspot to allow others access to the internet.
This icon means your iPhone is syncing with iTunes.
This icon means your iPhone is connected to CarPlay.
This icon means Call Forwarding is enabled.
This icon means Teletype is enabled. Teletype is used by people who are deaf or hard of hearing to communicate by reading and typing text.
Different Colors in the Status Bar (iPhone 8 and Onwards)
If you purchased an iPhone 8, you must’ve noticed by now that sometimes your status bar turns either blue, green, or red depending on certain circumstances. If you own an iPhone X, this happens within a bubble behind the time. Read below to figure out what these colors mean,
Blue: Your iPhone is using Location Services, providing a Personal Hotspot or using Screen Mirroring.
Green: You’re currently on a phone call.
Red: Your iPhone is being used to record sound.
Control Center Icons
As previously stated, some of the icons that you see in the status bar, can also be found in Control Center. In order to learn more about the Control Center icons, read below.
This is the icon for AirDrop. AIrDrop is used to share photos, videos, and other files with Apple devices in your proximity.
This is the Cellular Data icon. Tap on this icon when you want to turn on or turn off data for your iPhone.
This is the Bluetooth icon. Tap on this icon to connect to Bluetooth-enabled devices such as cars, wireless keyboards, and more.
This is the Flashlight icon. Tap on this icon to have your iPhone turn into a mini flashlight.
This is the camera icon. Tap on this icon to open the Camera application.