Samsung Galaxy icons at the top bar meaning


Wondering what are the meaning of the icons that show on top of your Samsung Galaxy phone screen?

Here are some of the icons and the meaning / function of each.



Bluetooth

Receiving / Received file(s)
either successful or failed

Bluetooth connection is ON

Arrow Down (color white) - you are receiving file(s)

Arrow Down (color gray) - you received file(s)
it can be successful or failed


 Arrow Down (combination of white and gray)
for gray - you already received a file(s)
for white - you are currently receiving a file(s)

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Sending / Sent file(s)
either successful or failed
  
Arrow Up (color white) - you are sending a file

 Arrow Up (color gray) - you have sent file(s)
it can be successful or failed


 Arrow Up - you are sending a file
Arrow Up with number - the number indicates the number of files waiting to be sent.


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EDGE - Enhanced Data rates for GSM Environment  
 

You will see this icon once your mobile phone is connecting to internet using your mobile data network.

color gray arrows - not actively sending and or receiving data.

color green upward arrow - sending/uploading data.

color orange downward arrow - receiving/downloading data.

colored upward and downward arrows - receiving/downloading and sending/uploading data at the same time.



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HSPDA - High Speed Packet Data Access 


You will see this icon once your mobile phone is connecting to internet using your mobile data network.

color gray arrows - not actively sending and or receiving data.
color green upward arrow - sending/uploading data.

color orange downward arrow - receiving/downloading data.

colored upward and downward arrows - receiving/downloading and sending/uploading data at the same time.






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GPRS - General Packet Radio Service

You will see this icon once your mobile phone is connecting to internet using your mobile data network. 

color gray arrows - not actively sending and or receiving data.

color green upward arrow - sending/uploading data.

color orange downward arrow - receiving/downloading data. 

colored upward and downward arrows - receiving/downloading and sending/uploading data at the same time.




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 3G - 3rd Generation

You will see this icon once your mobile phone is connecting to internet using your mobile data network. 


color gray arrows - not actively sending and or receiving data.

 color green upward arrow - sending/uploading data.

color orange downward arrow - receiving/downloading data.

colored upward and downward arrows - receiving/downloading and sending/uploading data at the same time.



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radio icon
 FM radio is ON

gprs signal iconGPS is ON (connecting..)
dot inside circle icon
 GPS is ON (connected)
play icon
 Music Player is playing
pause icon
 Music Player is paused
Silent Mode icon
 Silent Mode
Vibrate Mode icon
Vibrate Mode

Portable Wi-Fi hotspot iconPortable Wi-Fi hotspot is ON

Wi-Fi icon
 Wi-Fi is ON

circle with backslash icon
 No network (SIM) signal
airplain icon
 Flight Mode
microSD icon
 Media scanner running
sim with exclamation mark icon
 No SIM inserted or the SIM is not properly inserted.
message icon
 There is unread text message (SMS)

41 comments

  1. Mine has the wifi bars showing with the green and orange arrows and i dont know how to get rid of them

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    1. These arrows mean that the phone is communicating with the wifi. It is nothing bad so there is no need to remove them.

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  2. mine has ? in top left, what does that mean.

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  3. Can anyone tell me what this means, i have a N at the top of my icon bar.

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  4. Can anyone tell me what it means when there is an eye at the top of my icon bar

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    1. It means you have smart stay on. The phone screen won't go black if you're looking at it.

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    2. Ah thanks I had exactly the same question. I was wondering what it meant.

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    3. How do you get rid of ?

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  5. I have an arrow like the music pointer but the other direction with a no. 2 next to it???

    At the bottom of the screen it has the same as well as some letters as well as 25ft on the right hand side??

    help

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  6. Anyone ples tell me whats does the telephone symbol with 5u dots and a solid line symbol mean

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  7. I would like to know what the eye is as well.

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  8. I have a i at the left top of my icon bar it is in circle and it is crossed with diagonal line \. Can anyone help and tell me what this means,

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    1. I too,have a i at the left top of my icon bar it is in circle and it is crossed with diagonal line \. Can anyone help and tell me what this means,

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  9. Hello! At the top left of phone there is a small rectangle with a green arrow inside and pointed up. Can anyone help and tell me what this means? Thank you.

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  10. I got a green plus sign yesterday and what looks to be an add showed up does anyone know what this is?

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  11. AND A TRIANGLE WITH AN ! TOP LEFT?

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    1. This is a data usage warning. It means you're getting close to your limit

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  12. what does the white hand mean and how do I get rid of it

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  13. ive got a circle with a.line through it ib the top right corner? can anyone tell me what this means? thankyou x

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  14. Top left of icon bar I ha the letter M. What does it mean?

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  15. Hi can anyone help I have a symbol that keeps flashing up every so often it looks like a EYE with eyelashes and kike clock hands in it

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  16. it means there are looking at every movement we make.

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  17. In the lop left hand corner, I have a grey box with a black circle connected to a line connected to another circle. It almost looks like an old cassette tape. Any ideas what it is?. Also, beside that there is 2 grey arrows on an angle. Not sure what any of it is, if you touch them nothing happens. Confused |o-o|

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  18. I have a capital N with three blue lines at the bottom left of the N does anyone know what this means

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    1. I don't know, I've got that too, anyone know?

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    2. that stands for NEAR FEILD COMMUNICATION - Allow data exchange when device touches another device. Go to Wireless and Network Settings to ON/OFF this function.

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  19. I think this indicates that you have voice mail messages that have not been heard yet

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  20. I had two little circles next to each other on the top left but they disappeared quickly without me clearing them. My initial impression was that they were eyes, but I don't think they had pupils...just two little circles.

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  21. I have in the top right corner , a circle with a vertical and horizontal line in it, and 3 waves coming out of it to the right. Never seen it before. What is it ?

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  22. hello i have a samung galaxy i removed my sim and when i returned it a blue circle appeard with a blue line running through it now my phone will not except my sim back can u help me please .

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  23. i have a blue circle with a line running through my samsung galaxy and wont except my sim please can you help me

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  24. I have a little R with a plane on top of it. So not airplane mode, and not roaming, but something in between.

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  25. I sure would make life easier if the folks at Samsung included an instruction booklet with their phones, rather than arrogantly assuming that the consumers would have to figure it out on their own.

    Also, I have to say that the Galaxy S4 that I bought a few months ago isn't the most user friendly phone I've ever had, nor does it work very well outside of the USA.

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  26. What does a three-leaf with arrow on the left top means? Thanks!

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  27. How do I get rid of the green and orange arrows in my Wifi symbol?

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  28. What does the white triangle mean on the top of my coversge bars?

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  29. I have a plus sign with a circle around
    it.....?

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  30. I just got my samsung galaxy s4 and whenever I am not using data it switches to the "edge" and I do not get internet connection. How do I switch to 4g?

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    1. The 'E' or 'Edge' icon will shows if your data network is TURN ON.
      You can't choose whether you like 'edge' or '3G' or '4G'.
      That is the task of your network provider (ex. Verizon, AT&T, Smart Telecoms).
      They will automatically give you a '4G' data connection if they have this in their service.

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  31. Hello,

    I am getting an orange message type icon on the bar besides the range icon... It is also being displayed wht the smses

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  32. Hello, I have a galaxy ace 3, in the notification bar there is a disc, with an exclamation mark and a small box on the left corner attached to the disc! Any ideas what this means please?

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