23rd Jun 2017
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Smartphone symbols explained
Smartphone symbols explained

Do you ever notice new symbols appearing on your smartphone or tablet’s status bar and have no idea what they mean? This quick guide will help you learn more about them and what your device is trying to tell you.

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Airplane mode
 
This little plane means that you have airplane mode activated.

Alarm
 
These icons of a clock generally indicate that an alarm has been set to go off in the future.

Battery


This shows you how much battery life you have left. When your device is charging, the battery symbol will change to show you so.

Bluetooth

This feature enables your device to communicate with other technology nearby and is often used to connect to hands-free headsets or car stereos. Whilst not in use, it will use a lot of battery, click here to find out how to turn it off.

Do not disturb

The Do not disturb setting, when switched on, won’t notify you of any alerts, which is handy if you are in a meeting or for uninterrupted sleep. However, you can still allow calls from your favourite contacts.

GPS

These icons all indicate that GPS is currently in use, if you see these icons a lot but don’t use any apps that you believe require your location, it might be worth turning GPS off.

Missed call

This phone symbol that has an arrow bouncing off it means that you have missed a call. Other variations of the phone icon may mean that a call is in progress, on hold or that call forwarding is activated. 

Network use

These icons show that you are currently using internet data. 

Network or signal strength

These icons show you that you are connected to a mobile network and will often appear next to the name of your carrier, the more bars or dots, the stronger your connection. When you are not connected, ‘No Service’ will typically appear in its place, meaning you will be unable to make or receive calls/texts.

Network types
The mobile network that your smart device connects to will depend on both the technology of your phone and the area in which you are located. The following are the most common, and are arranged from slowest to fastest. 

 GPRS 

 Edge

 3G 

 H (sometimes HSPA, 3.5G or 3G+) 

 4G (LTE) 

Orientation lock

Your device’s digital screen is currently set to remain in portrait mode, even if the device is rotated to landscape orientation.

Personal hotspot

Your device is currently sharing its mobile data network over wifi. You can learn more about this feature here.

Syncing

Your device is currently syncing its data with another device or service, typically with your computer or the cloud.

Wifi

This symbol means you are connected to wifi, and the more bars shown, the stronger your connection.

Did you know about these symbols beforehand? Are there any others of which you’re unsure? Let us know in the comments section below. 





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