Android System Icons List – What Do They Mean?

Android System Icons List – What Do They Mean?

Ever had the situation in your Android device where you would get an unfamiliar icon on either the top right or top left corner of your screen which cannot be removed? This is the main reason why we have decided to create the following article and explain to you what are those icons so that you can decide whether or not the notifications they represent are important or not. Let’s begin!

Bear in mind that since the number of those icons is vast, we will focus only on the most unrecognizable ones, to help you understand them.




The Icons

The Plus in a Circle Icon

This icon means that you can save on your data usage by going into the data settings on your device. It is called the Data Saver icon and it exists primarily in Android devices with Nougat 7.0 version.

Two Horizontal Arrows Icon

This icon means that if you have mobile data usage enabled, the network behind the data usage is using LTE services, more importantly VoLTE (Voice Over LTE). It is basically using 4G to make voice communications, similar to what VoIP (voice over IP) is. So far this technology is being tested by most cell phone carriers, but it is already implemented by few of them.

G, E and H Icons

Basically, these icons are related to your internet connection speed and data plan. G is for GPRS(General Packet Radio Service) which you may as well be aware of by now and it is the slowest of them all. The E is the same technology, but in a more advanced and evolved form, called EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GMS Evolution. The H, respectively stands for HSPDA or High-Speed Downlink Packet access – basically 3G, but a bit faster. It also has an H+ version which is it’s evolved variant, that is not as speedy as a 4G network is, but has more reception currently.

The R Icon

This icon stands for the roaming service of your Android device, meaning that your phone has connected to another cell which does not belong to our own network. When you have this icon, you are likely not going to be able to use your internet connection.

The Blank Triangle Icon

Similar to a billiard triangle, this technology is the same as the R symbol, indicating roaming. It shows mostly on older Android devices.

Phone Handset Call Icon with Wi-Fi Icon

If you see this icon, do not worry – you are not in a call. It simply means that your phone is configured so that it can make calls over Wi-Fi. This is a feature that exists in most UK networks to incease the quality of a call, if a phone does not have enough reception “bars” when you are inside your home, for example.

A Phone Headset Icon with Keyboard

This icon means that your TTY accessibility is switched on. It means that if you are deaf or having difficulty in spreaking or hearing, you can type messages, to make the communication easier and possible.

The Star Icon

The star icon does not mean that your phone is world famous, not at all. Instead it aims to tell you that you have turned on a priority mode. This mode allows you to receive only notifications from contacts that you have added as favorites. It is also known as Priority Mode.

The N Icon

Probably the most sought after icon by confused users, it means that you have turned on the NFC communication of your device. It basically means the Near Field Communication. The technology allows you to e transfer data with nearby devices by connecting directly to it via wireless. It can be switched off from the WiFi or connection options.

Two Arrows Inside Rectangles

This icon basically means that your NFC Android Bean is turned on, meaning that you are transferring files via wireless quicker.

Upside Down Pin with Circle

This icon is basically the location icon, meaning that you have turned on either Google location, GPS service or some other type of location services.

A Satellite Dish Icon Transferring Signal

This icon is very similar to the Location icon and it means that the GPS technology on your device is turned on. Both icons can be turned off from the Location settings on your device.

Forbidden Sign (No Parking)

This icon does not have anything to do with your parking skills. It does not forbid anything, instead it is simply a notification that you are in an area that does not have cellular connection and it means that you cannot make calls or send text messages.

The Photo-like Icon

This icon aims to tell you that you have successfully made a screenshot on the screen of your phone by pressing a key combination. It is basically a square with mountain-like landscape inside. It can be removed fairly easily by clearing your notifications.

The Eye Symbol Icon

If you see this icon, do not panic – BigBrother is not watching you, although you never know… The icon can be seen mostly if you have Samsung Android devices. It has a function, known as Smart Stay. This function means that your screen will not go dark when you are looking at it. This interesting feature can be stopped from the settings menu.




Other Icons

Besides these, newer and newer Android icons appear each day with newer and newer ones to appear. We have summed up lists that we have gathered from around the web underneath to provide further information regarding Android Icons:

Do You See an Unfamiliar Icon?

In case you are experiencing issues with icons that are unfamiliar to you on your Android device, we are here to help. Simply comment us below and upload a screenshot on your comment so we can adequately explain you what is the icon and how you can turn it off.

Furthermore, for more information and the complete list of the material icons, you can visit their official website.




Vencislav Krustev

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16 Comments

  1. Mina L Wagner

    Don’t know what the icon between the fb icons is?

    Reply
  2. Mina L Wagner

    there is no place to put the snapshot

    Reply
    1. Vencislav Krustev (Post author)

      Hello, Could you post a link with the snapshot, I will have it approved after I check it. Thanks.

      Reply
  3. hufflepuff82

    There is a little white triangle on the upper right corner of the device, it is blank, there is no letter with it. I have tried searching for roaming settings, but there aren’t mobile network settings on this particular tablet device. Data roaming is NOT enabled on the phone.

    Reply
  4. TC

    An icon that looks like that for an micro/nano SD card or for a SIM but is not. My note 8 has bot SIM slots in use, the signals icon apear. Can’t upload my screenshot of the icon on this comment. Let me know how to provide you the image for reference.

    Reply
  5. Vencislav Krustev

    Hello TC, you can upload your photo using https://imgbb.com/ and then copy the URL after which send it to me here.

    Reply
  6. Andrew C

    Hey guys the misses has a random notification symbol showing up on her phone, not too sure what it is but any help would be appreciated.

    Reply
  7. Andrew C

    Hey sorry I thought I added image https://ibb.co/meyfbJ it is the symbol next to the call notification.

    Reply
  8. Vencislav Krustev

    Hello, it seems as if this is the notification for low battery, but it might be something else.. I will check it and get back to you tomorrow. Can you tell if this notification appears when the battery is low?

    Reply
  9. Vencislav Krustev

    This is the full list of material icons:

    https://github.com/google/material-design-icons/blob/master/iconfont/codepoints

    You can check among those names if your icon is present.

    Reply
  10. Oscar mendez

    Tengo un galaxy A6 y en la parte superior del lado derecho aparese un triangulo con 2 flechas una marca para arriba y la otra para abajo que significan supuestamente el telefono es 2018 me podriad explicar que es maraca que tiene internet pero no lo agarra espero tu ayuda gracias

    Reply
  11. Edgar Ivan Barragan Garcia

    Me aparece un triángulo blanco con dos flechas una hacía arriba y otra hacía abajo no se que signifca me pueden decir que es y que puedo hacer esta del lado derecho inferior

    Reply
  12. Amos

    My gtel has an icon which looks like an ID card – person and details. Ever since it showed up my messages,, call log,, email and gallery seem to be wiped. I can receive and make call as well as text but there are no call records nor can I read the messages.

    Reply
    1. Vencislav Krustev

      Hello, Amos

      I am not entirely sure, but this icon may be the “recent actors” icon. Can you please upload an image and link it here so I can answer?

      https://i.pinimg.com/originals/9d/78/5c/9d785c58b13b60c44d6bed797839e073.png

      Is it among this list of icons?

      Reply
  13. Kurt Jørgensen

    Hej
    Dette ikon er dukket op på min Nokia 8, Android 8.1 mobil, jeg kan ikke få det væk, og det er heller ikke lykkeds mig at finde betydningen af det.

    https://1drv.ms/u/s!AuPsYl_SJd6joMgpe_VB8nXDP4-9jw

    Reply
    1. Vencislav Krustev (Post author)

      Hej,

      It says here that the icon image has expired. Could you please upload it again?

      Mange tak!

      Reply

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