Tips & Tricks

What do status icons mean in the status bar of the iPhone/iPad?

If you are new to the iPhone and the iPad world then you might sometimes wonder what each of the icons in the status bar at the top of the screen is. This mostly happens when you start a new option that has a status icon.

Here we will explain the meaning of each iOS icon 7 and beyond.

 Network SignalYou are in the range of mobile networks and you can receive and make calls. If there is no signal, the message “No service” appears. The more points it is, the stronger the signal.
Airplane modeIndicates that airplane mode is on – you can not use the phone, access the Internet, or use Bluetooth® devices. Features that do not require a wireless connection are available.
LTEIndicates that your operator’s LTE network is available and that the iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. (iPhone 5 and newer) This is the fastest internet connection that exists while writing this article. (Not available in all areas).
UMTSThere is a 4G UMTS (GSM) or LTE network of your operator (depending on the operator) and the iPhone can connect to the Internet via that network. This is slower than the LTE network, but it’s still a pretty fast internet connection. (Not available in all areas).
UMTS / EV-DOIndicates that your operator’s 3G UMTS (GSM) or EV-DO (CDMA) network is available and that the iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. This is a pretty slow connection and will work pretty slow with the new generation of applications.
EDGEIndicates that your EDGE (GSM) network is available to your operator and that the iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. This is one of the slowest internet connections.
GPRSIndicates that your carrier’s GPRS (GSM) or 1xRTT (CDMA) is available and that the iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. This is the slowest internet that is virtually useless with modern websites. Legacy network created for textual internet on old phones.
WiFi callIndicates that your iPhone is set up for Wi-Fi calls. Not available for all operators. The iPhone also displays the name of the operator next to the icon. Wi-Fi calls use your home Wi-Fi network to make calls, which is a good option if you do not have enough bandwidth on the LTE network.
WiFiIndicates that iPhone is connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi. The more columns, the stronger the signal.
Do not DisturbIndicates the inclusion of the “Do not Disturb” option. You can find the instructions for use here.
Personal HotSpotIPhone provides a Personal Hotspot for another device, such as connecting a Mac to an iPhone modem to use the iPhone’s network on Mac.
SyncIndicates that iPhone is syncing with iTunes. How to sync iPhone through iTunes.
 Network ActivityIndicates network activity. Some independent manufacturer applications can also use this icon to tag an active process.
Forward CallIndicates that an incoming call is forwarded on your iPhone.
VPNShows that you are connected to a network via a VPN,
LockIndicates that iPhone is locked.
TTYIndicates that the iPhone is set to work with the TTY device.
Lock orientationIndicates that the iPhone device display is locked in portrait orientation. This helps you to lie down and read and you want the screen orientation to stay in one place.
AlarmIndicates that the alarm is set.
Location ServicesIndicates that an item uses location services.
BluetoothBlue or white icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with the device. Icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with the device, but the device
Bluetooth BatteryBattery of connected Bluetooth device.
BatteryThe green icon indicates the battery level or charging status. A yellow icon indicates Low Battery Mode. The red icon indicates that the battery is below 10% and that it needs to be charged.


That’s about it, we covered all the icons that can appear. More iOS tips and tricks.