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What do the icons on my phone mean?

The top of the screen on your Windows Phone instantly provides you with information about network connectivity, signal strength, battery power, the time, and much more.

Note

This topic is about Windows Phone 8.1. If your phone is running Windows Phone 8, some options and icons may look a little different, and some features may not be available. Check to see which software version you have and find out if an update is available.

The following picture shows the icons you'll see most often on the status bar.

Icons on Windows Phone 8.1 status bar

Cellular signal strength

Very high signal icon

Very strong signal

High signal icon

Strong signal

Medium signal icon

Medium signal

Low signal icon

Weak signal

Very low signal icon

Very weak signal

No signal detected icon

Extremely weak signal

No signal icon

No signal because your phone isn't connected to a cellular network.

Airplane mode icon

Your phone is in Airplane mode. Cellular, Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, and NFC sharing are all turned off simultaneously when you turn on Airplane mode. (You can still turn on Wi-Fi, FM radio, Bluetooth, and NFC sharing separately.)

SIM card missing icon

SIM card is missing.

SIM card locked icon

SIM card is locked. For more info, see Use a PIN to lock my SIM card.

Cellular data connection

GPRS icon

GPRS

EDGE icon

EDGE

3G icon

UMTS

4G icon

4G

LTE icon

LTE

H+ icon

HSPA+/DC-HSDPA

HSDPA/HSUPA icon

HSDPA/HSUPA

RTT icon

RTT

EVDO icon

EVDO

EVDV icon

EVDV

Notes

  • The cellular data connection icons and types of connections they represent can vary by mobile operator.
  • The 4G icon icon may be used for a variety of cellular data connections—including LTE and HSPA+.
  • For an LTE connection, you might see an LTE icon icon instead of an LTE icon or 4G icon icon.
  • When your cellular data connection is being used to transfer data, you may see the Cellular data used icon icon, depending on your mobile operator. This icon only appears on phones that have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info on updating your phone.

Call forwarding

The Call forwarding ( Call forwarding icon) icon appears when call forwarding is turned on. To learn how to forward calls, see Calling options.

Quiet hours

The Quiet hours ( Quiet hours icon) icon appears when Quiet hours is turned on in Cortana's settings. To learn more about Cortana, see Meet Cortana.

Note

Cortana is only on Windows Phone 8.1 and is only available in some countries/regions.

Roaming

The Roaming ( Roaming icon) icon lets you know that your phone is roaming and isn't your home cellular network.

Notes

  • The Roaming ( Roaming icon) icon might look different on your phone and can vary by mobile operator.
  • Depending on your mobile operator, you might see this icon ( Domestic roaming icon) when your phone is roaming domestically.
  • You might see this icon ( Call forwarding domestic roaming icon) when your phone has domestic call forwarding and roaming turned on, or you might see this icon (Call forwarding international roaming icon) when your phone has international call forwarding and roaming turned on.
  • See Cellular and SIM settings or What's data roaming? for more info about roaming.

Wi-Fi connection

Very high Wi-Fi icon

Connected to a Wi-Fi network with full signal strength. For info about setting up a Wi-Fi connection, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Strong Wi-Fi signal icon

Connected to a Wi-Fi network; strong signal.

Medium Wi-Fi signal icon

Connected to a Wi-Fi network; medium signal.

Weak Wi-Fi signal icon

Connected to a Wi-Fi network; weak signal.

Internet sharing icon

Cellular data connection is shared with other devices over Wi-Fi.

Wi-Fi used icon

Wi-Fi connection is being used to transfer data. Depending on your mobile operator, you might not see this icon when a Wi-Fi connection is being used to transfer data. This icon only appears on phones that have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more info on updating your phone.

Bluetooth

The Bluetooth ( Bluetooth icon) icon appears when your phone is connected to a Bluetooth device.

To learn more, see Pair my phone with a Bluetooth accessory.

Notifications

The Notifications ( Notifications icon) icon appears when you have new notifications available. For more info, see Notifications and quick actions.

Driving Mode

The Driving Mode ( Driving Mode icon) icon appears when Driving Mode is turned on. For more info, see Use Driving Mode.

To use Driving Mode, your phone needs to have Windows Phone software version 8.0.10501.127 or later. See How do I update my phone software? for more information on updating your phone.

Ringer

Vibrate mode icon

Ringer is off, and vibrate is on.

Silent ringer icon

Ringer is off, and vibrate is off.

For more info about changing these settings, see Ringtones, sounds, and volume.

Location

The Location ( Location icon) icon appears when an app is accessing your phone's current location information. For more info about location awareness and services, see Location awareness and my phone.

Battery

Battery charging icon

Battery is charging.

Plugged in fully charged icon

Phone is plugged in and battery is fully charged.

Full battery icon

Full battery power

High battery icon

High battery power

Medium battery icon

Medium battery power

Low battery icon

Low battery power

Critically low battery icon

Critically low battery power—battery needs to be charged.

Unknown battery state

Battery power or state of the battery isn't currently known.

Battery Saver status icon

Battery Saver is on.

Looking for ways to conserve your battery? See Battery: making it last for some battery-saving tips.

Virtual private networking (VPN)

The VPN (VPN cellular icon or VPN Wi-Fi icon) icons appear when you establish a connection with your company's network. For more info about VPN, see Use a VPN connection.

Clock

The clock displays the current time.

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