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iPhone Icons List – Meaning, List (Top of Screen)

This article aims to explain to you what exactly do the system icons on your iPhone mean and show you what is their exact purpose of use and when they appear on your iPhone.

Have you ever had an experience while using your iPhone, where you start to see unrecognized icon on one of the top corners of your iPhone screen. And have you ever had the experience of wondering how to remove those icons, since yo do not seem to know where is their off switch? This is the primary idea why we have decided to create the iPhone System Icons list, which will show you exactly what the icons on your iPhone mean so that you can know how to turn them off. Similar to the Android System Icons list we made, we have decided to explain what these icons appearing on your iPhone mean so that you can decide whether they are important or no. Let us start!

Note! Keep in mind that since the number of these is huge, we have focused on the main ones, since this will help you understand them better. If you still see an unfamiliar icon, you can write us a comment below this article and we will strive to respond as fast as possible.

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 is appearing on your smartphone or tablet 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 is vast, we will focus only on the most unrecognizable ones, to help you understand them.

The iPhone System Icons

To better help you navigate through the icons, we have separated them in different categories, just like demonstrated on Apple Developer page.

iPhone Status Bar Icons

These are the main ones that appear on your status bar. They have been designed to help you gain quick access to information.

Cellular Sign iPhone Icon
Probably the most popular iPhone icon, aiming to show you the quality of the service of your cellular network and wether or not you can make calls. If there is no signal, the words “No Service” start to show.

Dual Cellular Sign iPhone Icon
This icon aims to show you that your iPhone has Dual SIM capability and that you are in range with your network, allowing you to conduct calls.

LTE iPhone Icon
This icon basically means that a newer and faster LTE network is currently in use by your iPhone and it can connect to the web via this network. It appears on newer iPhones from 5 above and is not usually available everywhere.

5Ge iPhone Icon
This is a relatively newer icon, explaining that there is availability for a new 5G connectivity, which is much faster than 4G or 3G connection. It works with iPhones, above iPhone 8.

4G iPhone Icon
This icon explains that you are currently connected to a 4G UMTS (GSM) or LTE network or there is an availability to connect to that network.

3G iPhone Icon
This icon clearly means that yo have the availability to connect over 3G UMTS (GSM) network with your iPhone.

GPRS iPhone Icon
The GPRS iPhone icon means that you can connect to a GPRS network. These networks are a bit old in terms of technology, but they are still seen a lot.

E iPhone Icon
This icon means that you can connect to EDGE(GSM) network.

Wi-Fi Icon
This specific word Wi-Fi icon means that you can conduct calls via Wi-Fi, also known as “Wi-Fi calling”.

Wi-Fi Signal Icon
This icon means that you are connected to the net over Wi-Fi. The more bars there are, the stronger and faster the signal.

VPN Icon
This icon means that you are using Virtual Private Network, which is a VPN. This acts like a private tunnel to secure where you browse and what you do online.

Arrow Pointing Up and Right iPhone Icon (Location)
This arrow basically means that some app or a site is using your Location. If the icon is hollow and only has the borders on it, this means that the location sharing is limited to only some conditions being met.

Rotating Lines iPhone Icon
This iPhone icon, suggests that there is currently activity on your network. It may also be used when your browser is trying to load a heavier web page.

Handset and Right Arrow iPhone Icon
This icon suggests that you have enabled Call Forwarding on your iPhone. People often forget to disable call forwarding so the icon is there as a reminder.

Airplane Mode iPhone Icon
This is the Airplane Mode, which if seen, means that you cannot use wireless tech on your iPhone, like cellular network or Bluetooth. Like it’s icon suggests, it is best activated on an airplane, during flights.

Handset With Keyboard Squares Under It iPhone Icon
This icon means that TTY (Teletype) is turned on. Teletype can help deaf or hard of hearing peple in typing as well as reading text.

Padlock With Rounded Arrow (Circle) Around It iPhone Icon
This icon means that the Operation Lock is on. Your screen will not auto rotate when you tilt your phone until you switch auto rotate on.

Half Moon iPhone Icon
This means that the Do Not Disturb function is currently switched ON. The setting stops calls, alerts and various notifications from making sound. On the contrary, alarms still make sound.

Two Round Arrows Forming a Circle iPhone Icon
This icon means that your iPhone is currently in the progress of syncing it’s data and settings with iTunes.

Locked Padlock iPhone Icon
This is a simple locked icon, that means that your iPhone is currently locked with a passcode or Touch ID.

Headphones iPhone Icon
Your iPhone is paired or connected to a Wireless Headset or headphones of some sort.

Clock iPhone Icon
Your alarm is set and is currently active.

Horizontal Battery Icon
The icon for the battery level of your iPhone. This icon can turn yello or red. If it is yellow, then your iPhone switches to Low Power mode. If it is red, then you have less than 20% of battery charge left.

Vertical Battery Icon
The battery level of a paired wireless Bluetooth device, like a smart watch, smart speaker or some other device.

Two Rings Chained (Interlocked) iPhone Icon
This means that your iPhone is connected to the web via a Personal Hotspot or another iOS device.

Battery and Lightning Bolt Icon
It means that your iPhone is currently charging.

If your iPhone is X and later, then your digital clock can be colored with blue, green and red.

If the color is blue, then your iPhone is currently using personalized hotspot, screen mirroring or an app is tracking your location.

If the color is green, then you are currently on call.

If the color is red, then your iPhone is currently recording your screen.

iPhone Icons List – Conclusion & Tips

We really hope that this list will help you find the icon you are looking for. If the icon you see is not on this list, make sure to upload a screenshot of the icon and send a link to it in the comments below. This will help us see which is the icon and we will try the best we can to help you determine what is the icon you are looking for.

Below you may find the instructions on how to do it:

NOTE! To upload screenshots, please use this site: https://ibb.co/. Here is how to use it:

1.Click on the “Start Uploading” button.
2.Choose the screenshot.
3.Copy the generated upload link and send it in the comments.

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  1. Suzana

    What’s the person icon in the left top corner of iphone 11, next time mean?

    1. Mac

      You have five different do not disturb modes. The little person icon is Personal mode. The others are
      (full) Do Not Disturb – crescent moon
      Diving – front of car
      Work – ID badge
      Sleep – a bed

  2. Gia North

    What is the little man icon?
    Model iPad Air 2


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