The status bar of the iPhone (this is the place at the top of the display where the operator’s name, clock, wireless and other services and activity of functions are displayed) sometimes appear very strange service icons that you might not know about. In this article, we want to show these icons and tell what they mean.
♥ BY TOPIC: What is a “gray” iPhone, and is it worth buying such a device.
Where are the status icons
You can see these icons in the status bar (status bar) of the iPhone. However, for models with Face ID, the icons are located to the right and left of the cutout on the screen.
If you do not see these elements on your screen, then open “Command centre”, for this you need to swipe the screen down from the upper right corner.
Models with Touch ID have icons on the top row.
♥ BY TOPIC: How to edit video on iPhone or iPad: crop, overlay text, music, flip, merge, etc.
What are status icons on iPhone
This icon indicates that the user is within the coverage area of his cellular network, which allows him to receive and make calls. If there is no signal, the status will be shown “No network”…
This icon can be seen on a dual SIM iPhone. It shows the location of the device in the network coverage area, which makes it possible to make and receive calls. If there is no signal, the status will be shown “No network”…
The smartphone has access to the operator’s LTE network, which makes it possible to access the Internet through it. This feature is available on iPhone 5 and later, but not in all regions.
Your operator allows you to work through the 5G E network and connect through it to the Internet. This feature is compatible with iPhone 8 and later, but does not work in all regions.
This icon indicates the presence of a 3G UMTS (for GSM) or EV-DO (for CDMA) network of your operator, through which you can connect to the Internet.
This icon indicates the presence of your operator’s 4G UMTS (for GSM) or EV-DO network for CDMA, through which you can connect to the Internet. However, this option is not available in all regions.
Your operator allows you to work in the GPRS (for GSM) or 1xRTT (for CDMA) network and connect to the Internet through them.
It is possible to connect to your operator’s GSM EDGE network and work through it on the Internet.
It is possible to use the function Wi-Fi calling… The carrier’s name will also be shown next to this icon.
Your iPhone is connected to the Internet via a Wi-Fi network.
You are connected to the network via VPN.
The icon indicates that the iPhone is connected to a Virtual Private Network. Thanks to this channel, the smartphone provides secure transmission of confidential information. Encrypted data transmission can be carried out both via Wi-Fi and via a cellular data network. You can configure VPN by going to Settings → The main → VPN…
There is currently no VPN connection to the network.
An application or site uses geolocation services in its work. If the icon is empty, it means that the application can receive information about your location only under certain circumstances.
Data is being transmitted over the network.
Call forwarding is activated on iPhone.
Airplane mode is activated. Cellular calls are not possible.
A teletypewriter (TTY) is a special device that is used by people with disabilities, or to be more precise, with partial or even complete hearing loss.
This feature provides the ability to send texts using a regular telephone line. After all, any entered text will be automatically converted to audio. The received sound is decoded in the same way into text. This is how, in TTY mode, someone with any hearing impairment can receive and answer calls using the screen and keyboard.
The device orientation lock is activated. In this mode, the screen orientation will not change when the phone is rotated.
The icon means that the orientation lock function of the iPhone or iPad is activated. A very convenient thing when, for example, you lie on your side in bed and read a book or surf the net, so that the device does not automatically expand the picture to landscape mode.
Do not disturb mode is activated. It will not play sounds for calls, alerts, and notifications. You can still hear the alarm signals.
You can read more about how to configure the function here, and about the operation of the mechanisms of the “Do not disturb»And what happens to calls and SMS when the device is in this mode, read here.
The iPhone is syncing with your computer (iTunes, Finder, or Music app).
Your iPhone is locked. You can remove protection using Touch ID, FaceID, or by entering a password.
Your iPhone is paired with a wireless headset, in-ear headphones, or simple headphones.
IPhone has an alarm
Use this icon to check the battery charge level. If the icon is yellow, then this indicates the activation of the power saving mode. The red color of the icon indicates that the battery level of the smartphone is less than 20%.
You can see the battery level of a device connected to iPhone via Bluetooth.
Your iPhone is connected to the Internet thanks to the Hotspot feature activated on another iOS device.
Your iPhone battery is currently charging.
Your smartphone is connected to CarPlay.
♥ BY TOPIC: How to use compact dialer in iOS 14 on iPhone.
Colored oval status bar icons
On iPhone X and later, you may see colored oval icons with a time indicator. On iPhone 8 and earlier, a color indicator stretches across the entire status bar. This color is also informative, this is what it means:
Blue indicator… Your iPhone is in tethering, Screen Replay, or the app is actively using your location. On iPhone 8 and earlier in tethering mode, the number of devices connected to the smartphone will be displayed. In this case, an icon for activating this mode will be shown in the status bar.
Green indicator… You are currently on a telephone conversation.
Red indicator… Your iPhone is currently recording sound or screen.
♥ BY TOPIC: How to pass Wi-Fi password to guests without naming it (QR code).
Green and orange indicator (iOS 14 and later only)
A small orange dot in the status bar area at the top of the display indicates that an application is using the iPhone or iPad microphone. If the green dot turns on, the iPhone is using the camera (details).