Basics

What do the icons on my phone mean?

Tap the top of your phone's screen to instantly get information about network connectivity, signal strength, battery power, time, and much more.

The status bar also appears momentarily when things change on your phone, so you get relevant information about your phone. For example, if your battery is running low, the low battery icon will appear on the status bar.

The following picture shows the order of the icons on the status bar.

Icons on Windows Phone 8 status bar

Cellular signal strength

Very high signal icon

Very high signal strength

High signal icon

High signal strength

Medium signal icon

Medium signal strength

Low signal icon

Low signal strength

Very low signal icon

Very low signal strength

No signal detected icon

Extremely low signal strength

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.

Roaming

The Roaming ( Roaming icon) icon lets you know that your phone is roaming and not using 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.
  • See Cellular 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. The icon is animated when your phone is trying to connect to a Wi-Fi network. For info about setting up a Wi-Fi connection, see Connect to a Wi-Fi network.

Wi-Fi not connected icon

Wi-Fi is turned on, but your phone isn't connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Internet sharing icon

Cellular data connection is shared with other devices over Wi-Fi. For more info, see Share my connection.

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

Bluetooth icon

Connected to a Bluetooth device.

Not connected to Bluetooth device icon

Bluetooth is turned on, but your phone isn't connected to a Bluetooth device.

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

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 set to vibrate.

Silent icon

Ringer is set to silent.

For more info about changing this setting, 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 icon

Battery Saver is on.

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

Clock

The clock displays the current time.

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