Android symbols at the top of the screen.

Android symbols at the top of the screen

Android symbols at the top of the screen

Android symbols. facing some problem in knowing what symbol just pop on your phone screen. Read this and get to know about them

Android phone symbols at the top of the screen. We are constantly active on our phone, taking calls, sending messages, using the internet, clicking selfies, using WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, and whatnot.  We constantly keep checking our notifications. Notifications… what comes in your mind first vibrations, chimes, or the symbols.

These are the three things that keep us connected to our phone. The rest of the two are simple it is just vibration or chimes it doesn’t make a difference however what makes difference is the “Symbols” of the apps, symbols of the android system.

From WhatsApp message to battery drainage, during every action all we get are symbols. Well, most of the circumstances we know what those symbols are for, however, sometimes we don’t.

Today we are going to talk all about Android phone symbols, so keep on reading.

Android symbols at the top of the screen

There are tons of symbols in the android system to make our life easy, but sometimes it makes it hard to understand. With each new update, the android symbol gets changes or sometimes some symbol popup which we have never faced.

Today, we will go through a lot of symbols to make your life easy.

You see android symbols in two places mainly. The top bar on your phone screen, the bar which shows time and the second one is the drop-down menu or notification panel.

For your reference, I have attached an image below to go through it. Now, let’s dig into it. We are dividing symbols into categories to make it easy for you to go through it.

Symbols related to signal.

These symbols show the status of the cellular signal on your device. There are many symbols related to the signal. I have mentioned some of them here. Some of the symbols will change from brand to brand.

android symbols
android symbols

No signal.

The first one is the icon of the NO Signal symbol. We all know what NO Signal means, this symbol gets displayed when the phone is not getting the cellular signal, or due to some technical fault.

Signal strength Symbol.

This symbol shows the strength of the cellular network.

GPRS in Use.

The next one is GPRS in use symbol. Well, we don’t use GPRS generally these days, however sometime when we go out of the city for camping where cellular network is not that good then the phone gets shifted to GPRS mode to get connected to the internet. This is one of need to know android symbol.

EDGE in Use

The next one is EDGE in use symbol. This symbol shows when you are connected to the 2G network. It also has an EDGE connection signal, it shows when you are only connected to the 2G network and not using it.

H+ or 3G Symbol

It depends entirely on the brand of the device which symbol they are showing. The main purpose of this symbol is to tell you that you are using a 3G internet connection.

LTE or 4G Symbol

Android symbols of these types show when you are connected to the 4G network. In the coming years 5G is coming, let’s wait for its symbol.

R symbol

The R symbol shows up when you are in roaming. It generally happens when you are out of your state.

Symbols related to the android system.

These symbols show the status of your android system. Like battery status, ringer mode, Wi-Fi, etc. There are a ton of system symbols. These symbols change from mobile brands to other mobile brands. Let’s see what are those.

android symbols
android symbols

Battery icon.

It shows the status of the battery. Many brands also show a percentage on the battery to tell the battery percentage remaining. When you put your phone on charge the symbol changes to a battery with a shocking sign.

Clock icon

The clock icon shows the alarm you set on your phone. It sometimes also shows the upcoming alarm.

Vibration symbol.

Android symbol of this kind pops up when you put your phone on vibration mode.

Speaker and  a cross symbol

Android symbol of this kind shows when you puy tour phone on silent mode or on do not disturb mode. In this mode, no notifications will be available.

Wi-Fi symbol

This symbol shows up when you turn your phone’s wifi on. When you are connected to a wifi network the symbol changes to wifi symbol with up and down arrow symbol, which means that you are connected to a network and accessing it.

Phone with a wifi symbol

This symbol pops up when you are connected to wifi and make a coll over wifi network. This thing is known as “calling over wifi”. Not many carriers provide this facility.

B symbol

The Android symbol of this type is for Bluetooth. This symbol shows up when your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on or you are using the Bluetooth.

N symbol

The N symbol is fro NFC on your phone. Thi symbol pops up when you try to use the NFC, or make payment using the NFC.

Photo symbol

This symbol shows up when we take a screenshot on our device. Screenshots can be taken using a combination of multiple buttons. Read how to take a screenshot: How to screenshot on Samsung

Screen with a wifi symbol

This symbol is for device casting. Device casting is a method to copy your phone display to any other screen. This method works over wifi only. The cast feature comes handy when we need to show a lot of people our phone screen.

Call symbol with colors

The call symbol comes with different colors sometimes. There are two colors green and blue. The green color shows that you are using the call feature and whereas blue color shows that you are using the call function on a Bluetooth device.

Airplane symbol

This symbol has nothing to do with the airplane. This is for putting your device on “Airplane mode”. Airplane mode blocks all the networks. It is handy when you don’t want to turn off your device but you want to get rid of the world.

Microphone with a line cross symbol

This symbol is for mute. It shows when you are on call and you mute the call. This is a pretty handy thing to keep away the caller from listing your private things.

Dot with four lines symbol

This symbol is for GPS. It pops when we try to get location data using GPS. GPS is a function to pinpoint your location on the map.

Read more: How to block websites on android?

… symbol

… symbol show when we have more than three notification on the status bar. As the status bar have not much space to show up all the notification, when we get more than three notification, this symbol pops up. Drag down the notification panel to reveal all the notification.

Down arrow symbol

This symbol means download. It shows when we are downloading something from the internet.

Sd card symbol

This symbol shows three times. First is when you insert the memory card the device, again when you eject the memory card from the device and third time it pops when the memory card gets full with data.

Hard Drive symbol

This symbol does not mean that your phone has a hard-drive. It simply means that your phone storage is full or going to get full. Clean up your phone memory to remove this symbol. If you do not clean your memory this symbol is going to get stuck on your status bar.

Cell phone with a curve arrow symbol

This symbol shows when you have a system update available. Update your system to remove this symbol, else it will be going to stuck there.

Also read: How to Block text messages on android?

USB symbol

This symbol pops when we connect our phone with the computer system, sharing data or using the tethering feature. Tethering is a handy method to share the internet with a computer.

Circle with two arrows facing each other

This symbol is for sync. This pops up when you sync your data with any of the internet services.

Triangle with  ! sign

This symbol is for some failure. This pops up when the devices encounter any problem. The first problem is a failure in signing in to google server. Second is an error in syncing data.

Key sign

This symbol is for a VPN. This symbol pops when the device is connected with any VPN network.

Symbols from android apps

Android symbols also get appeared when we get any notification from the application installed in our device. These include WhatsApp, Instagram, G-mail, twitter, and all the other apps available in the market. The symbols get changed from time to time.

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As of now we have seen a lot of Android Symbols. Some of them which you have many have known from before. Some of them you knew after reading this. Android symbol makes the android so beautiful. Symbols are one of the key constituents of everything, from road symbols to the android symbols.

They are just there to make our life easy. I guess now you don’t have any problem recognizing android symbols. We have gone through almost all symbols. However, symbols may differ from brand to brand. Don’t get confused. I hope you like the post.

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