Tip: Samsung Galaxy S II Android Notification Bar Icon Guide

Posted on Dec 20 2011 - 11:44am by Brian

If the Galaxy S II is your first smart/Android phone, it might be a bit overwhelming the amount of information that is presented to you at once. Although some of the status bar notifications are explained when you drag down the notification bar, many of the icons are not accompanied with an explanation–but not anymore:

If there are any other notification icons that we missed, please comment us below and we will try to figure out what you are looking at!

For more tips, check out our Galaxy S II tip and how to archive.

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  5. judy guerrero September 16, 2015 at 7:46 pm -

    I keep seeing this lady bug looking symbol on my phone. Two circles with a line drawn between it and like 4 little legs sticking out

  6. Cindy Clark June 15, 2015 at 4:14 am -

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and a round white circle appeared in the top left corner of my phone. Don’t know why it’s there, what it’s for and how it appeared. Never seen it before. How do I get rid of it?? Please help, thank you.

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  8. gs February 28, 2015 at 8:53 pm -

    On my samsung galaxy tab s, on the upper left hand side of the notifications bar, there is a persistent message icon (envelope) with a small “x” on the envelope’s lower right hand corner.This icon refuses to go away and I can’t figure out which app is causing it. There are no pending notifications in the pull down menu and none of the apps have anything pending. Tried restarting a few times…no luck. Please assist. Thanks.

  9. GAIL A February 21, 2015 at 6:40 am -

    i have a galaxy s11 im getting a nearly full circle with an A were it doesnt meet with a line through the middle can you help theres no icon for it THANKS

  10. Shelagh Rice January 18, 2015 at 8:53 am -

    I have symbol on left hand side of galaxy 3 2< only appears when screen is locked any ideas?

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    I have 2 small arrows in the far left corner of my status bar. They are both white (or grey). The top one is pointing left and the bottom one is pointing right. Any ideas as to what they mean or are there for?

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  14. Gary October 11, 2014 at 2:07 pm -

    on the top left hand corner of my samsung s3 iPhone there is an icon with his own box with a key attached to the top of it can you tell me what this is

  15. Gary October 11, 2014 at 2:06 pm -

    on the top of my samsung s3 in the left-hand corner there is a picture of a white rectangle box which has a key attached to it can you tell me what this is

  16. Syl October 5, 2014 at 2:52 pm -

    I have a Galaxy 2 and the Icon I have which isn’t on your list is a Blue Pin/Nail with a curved white arrow going across it, Can you please explain? Thanks Syl

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  18. Marianne July 19, 2014 at 7:55 pm -

    My notification bar at the top of the screen (Samsung Galaxy Tablet II) shows, but I not longer can swipe down to see the applications that are listed, nor see thesettings like wifi, gps and so on.

    Last night I was trying to clean up a few apps I never use, so I wonder if I deleted something I shouldn’t have!

    What can I do? I have a long series of symbols showing I have gmail msgs, FB and other updates. But I can’t avcess them without going to the individual applications.

    It is extremely inconvenient! Can anyone please help!

  19. Bill July 8, 2014 at 3:29 pm -

    my phone is showing a circle with a horizontal in the top left of my bar.it is different than the one you show on your list similar but horizontal line

  20. Sams Sung June 27, 2014 at 12:12 pm -

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    all over the web and even your diagram does not show the
    2 Arrows top left??

    One Greyish pointing leftish down
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    Is Software update

    Turned the damn thing off GRRRR!!

  21. tinjane June 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm -

    no entry sign then suddenly freeze and shuts down.

  22. marna June 1, 2014 at 5:13 pm -

    White square with 6 small black squares in yt? I’m of said white square

  23. grimple May 7, 2014 at 6:59 pm -

    read all the other questions about various status bar icons (if only the others would have done the same) but i did not come across any similar to what i caught a brief view of. phone (samsung gs2 on straighttalk) was charging with screen locked n dark. picked it up n pressed side button to turn screen on so i could unlock but noticed new icon in lefthand corner next to my applock icon. it was a circle with a lhorizontal line thru it midways with a line from its midpoint down. all white. like a O with a T inside it but top of T was as a diameter would be thru its middle leaving top half with two quarter sections in bottom half. i barely had time to say “what the **** is that” when it flashed off n hasnt returned.

  24. arun May 5, 2014 at 8:50 pm -

    on my samsung galaxy s2 HD there one icon bar its like somthing call rejecting and phone

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  26. Paul April 6, 2014 at 2:43 pm -

    What does the blue telephone icon with a small blue cross mean at the top of the screen

  27. Serena West April 5, 2014 at 12:56 pm -

    I have a circle with a minus sign inside does anyone know what that means!

  28. veda March 6, 2014 at 12:56 pm -

    I am showing a ‘ + ‘ (plus) icon in the notification area and I don’t know what it is for.

  29. sybil January 25, 2014 at 11:55 am -

    I have a galaxy 2 phone. What does a tear drop icon with a plus sign inside mean. My phone rings when this icon appears , but no one is there, and it continues to ring until I touch the screen. This also happens when it on vibrate.

  30. Ragesh December 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm -

    Joan – The eye symbol is meant to show that the “Smart Eye” option is activated. This option helps you keep screen lite when you are looking into it. Try looking at the screen directly with an app / widget open and then from an angle where the front camera doesn’t see you, you will notice the difference and also observe that the icon stay duration is different.

  31. joan November 26, 2013 at 8:24 am -

    What does the eye symbol mean?

  32. Ragesh November 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm -

    Jeff S – The icon which you are talking about is shown by an app. The one you are mentioning is icon for “My Data Manager”. Try turning it off the “Status bar icon” in the app settings. Else check for any other item which is continuously available in the task bar

  33. hitesh November 18, 2013 at 11:25 pm -

    I have a hand signal with circle on top and a leaf inside the circle can you tell me what it is

  34. Char Jordan October 10, 2013 at 2:45 pm -

    I wish when I bought this cell phone it came with a book telling you everything you can do with this Sumsung Galaxy Note 2. Is there a way you can get one.

  35. Angelbabe1uk August 18, 2013 at 2:18 pm -

    Anybody know what a little icon looking like a little trumpet could be and when you tap it it takes you to a site called MobilePartners.com?
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  36. Jeff S July 30, 2013 at 4:34 am -

    I have a square with 3 dots, followed by 3 lines in it. Top line is a long one, then the ones below is a little smaller . What does this mean? I have a screenshot if it would help. It looks like this

  37. jin July 25, 2013 at 3:41 pm -

    I have a galaxy note 2, and there’s is an icon on the upper right (right next to the wifi notification) that is a gray box with some blacked out areas and a green phone on top of it that has a diagonal line crossing it out. It has been there since I opened the phone (bought new). Any ideas? Thanks!

  38. Steven July 7, 2013 at 7:59 pm -

    Im getting an eye icon with 3 lashes can you help?

  39. CC June 30, 2013 at 5:48 pm -

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2. Lately, I have an icon appearing in the top left corner: a red circle with a number in it, just like when I get a new e-mail message. But I have no unread messages… Now, for example, I see 13 in the circle. What does this mean? Thanks.

  40. Sandra June 30, 2013 at 2:17 pm -

    When i connect my USB to the computer to sync some music, a notification, likes like a steering wheel on car, showed up. What does that mean??? I kept getting an error message on the computer screen saying my device has malfunctioned so it wont connect to the computer so the device can be recognized. Help please.

  41. JOHN June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm -

    in the top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that?

  42. JOHN June 21, 2013 at 1:33 pm -

    in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that?

  43. Richard B June 16, 2013 at 3:16 pm -

    Just got a Samung Galaxy Note 2. FYI- if you see a icon on upper right of your screen that looks like a “N” on top of another “N” that means you have your NFC/S-Beam on. If you turn it off it will go away.

  44. coogaah June 12, 2013 at 2:05 pm -

    I occasionally get an ‘eye’ symbol but can’t find out what it means! Can you help?



  45. Frank June 11, 2013 at 9:00 pm -

    I have a samsung galaxy proclaim and have a notification in upper left corner just below where date should appear, looks like small grey puzzle piece with a gear or settings symbol of same color what is it and how to remove

  46. brittany June 11, 2013 at 5:35 am -

    I have a galaxy s2 HD, and there’s is an icon on the upper right (right next to the wifi notification) that is a gray box with some blacked out areas and a green phone on top of it that has a diagonal line crossing it out. It has been there since I opened the phone (bought new). Any ideas? Thanks!

  47. Linda s June 6, 2013 at 3:02 pm -

    I have a square with 3 lines in it. Top line is a long one, then the ones below is alittle smaller . What does this mean?

  48. Ingrid May 6, 2013 at 10:00 pm -

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S II. I can’t figure out how to make the screen not go dark after 5 seconds when I’m on the phone calling a business that is asking “if you want to blah, blah push #1” etc. The screen goes black before I can even push the #. It pisses me off because then I have to call the business again. It does it not only to business but also personal calls. I tried to touch the screen to get it back and nothing happens. Then I thought maybe if I pushed the button on the right side of the phone (for hanging up) I would get it back. I don’t know why but tried it anyway. Can someone help me? Does anyone have the same problem???

  49. in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that? May 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm -

    in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that?

  50. Tris April 28, 2013 at 12:12 pm -

    I have the galaxy S 3 and there is an icon that keeps popping up randomly in the notification bar. It looks like an eye with three lines – like eye lashes – on the top. Any idea what it is for?

  51. Harsh April 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm -

    I have samsung galaxy s2x, i have updated it to jelly bean. After the update, it is showing an icon ” N (Uppercase N) with some network towers” . Can you please tell me its meaning ?? thanks

  52. Dino Santos April 26, 2013 at 1:53 am -

    I have a steering wheel icon keeps coming on then off…… any ideas what it is

  53. harshal April 25, 2013 at 11:01 am -

    i am having samsung galaxy s duos ..in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that???

  54. Anthony April 22, 2013 at 6:46 am -

    This is like a game. Could you put a full list of icons on your website, just what could possible come up as standard. Especially if its a company phone. People want transparency with their employers. Why wouldn’t you list them all? cant find a logical reason other than.
    “Need to know basis” I have about 5 more icons that no one has mentioned. How many icons are there and what do they all mean. Im ok with my company seeing company emails but I would go quite spare if they were able to see personal emails on non work email.

    try and answer this as fully as you can as you make the customer suspicious. what can be activated on this phone its very important that I know this info.



  55. Richie April 16, 2013 at 8:20 pm -

    in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that?

  56. Brian April 8, 2013 at 3:09 pm -

    Yan, when you open your notification drawer, does it show the list of apps that have been updated? Those are what should be the cause of the “attache” icon

    Annie, any chance you could get us a pic of that icon? Doesn’t sound familiar–perhaps its form an application you are using

  57. Yan Gao April 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm -

    On the top bar of my Galaxy S2 I have an icon in the farm that looks lokie an attache case with a triangle pointing to the right. I cannot find such icon anyware. Do you know what it means? Thanks.

  58. Annie April 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm -

    I have a Galaxzy Y and occasionally get a Blue vertical line like a golf tee with a White arrow curving from right to left, going from top to bottom around the tee. This is on the top left side of the screen. Can’t find any icon like it and have no idea what it means. Only goes away if I turn the ph off.

  59. Maria April 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm -

    What does a checkmark mean in the notification area

  60. Maria April 5, 2013 at 2:43 pm -


  61. Kari Jordan March 26, 2013 at 10:13 am -

    i have a samsung galaxy II. My question is how can i delete or remove some of my notification while keep some?

  62. cyndi March 9, 2013 at 7:06 pm -

    There is a geeen light n next to only one person I n my text message. What does it mean? Am I being tracked

  63. Imran Ali February 26, 2013 at 6:01 am -

    My Data Icon on the notification area on top of home screen disappeared, how i can bring it back.

  64. Brian February 20, 2013 at 11:53 am -

    The play icon in a shopping bag means one of your apps was updated.

  65. Lisa February 19, 2013 at 7:00 pm -

    Looks like a little shopping bag with the >play icon in it what does that mean??
    You have the key board icon the S icon in a square then the message icon (when a message is new)

  66. dee February 14, 2013 at 6:37 am -

    i have a no signal icon with an A on the left lower side.. what does it mean?

  67. James Mc February 9, 2013 at 1:55 am -

    in the very top left corner of my screen (far left in top status bar) I have a circle with a diagonal line from top left to bottom right of the circle (like a No Entry road sign) and a lowercase “i” in the center; what is that?

  68. caroline January 23, 2013 at 11:39 am -

    what does the suitcase with arrow on icon mean i have 6 of them in my toolbar ????

  69. kayley January 11, 2013 at 1:53 am -

    Samsung galaxy s 2. Grey triangle at top?

  70. kayley January 11, 2013 at 1:50 am -

    Hello. Um. I have a samsung galaxy s 2 and i keep seeing a plain grey triangle. I cant find anything on the web to tell me what it is. Soo hopefully you can help me! Its bothering the crap out of me and i just wanna know what it is. Thanks so much.

  71. scott d January 3, 2013 at 9:19 am -

    i have an icon on my phone i have no idea what it is…right above the signal strength appears to be a house with waves above it…samsung galaxy s3

  72. carlossss December 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm -

    i have a no signal icon with an A on it..what does that mean?

  73. Jennifer December 11, 2012 at 4:28 am -

    Hi there,

    I have a Galaxy S II and earlier I noticed a solid grey arrow icon pointing to the left with a plus sign in it, what does that mean? Thank you!!!

  74. kirsty duffy December 7, 2012 at 2:31 pm -

    When I use my canasta I have Ann icon that looks like a phone in the bitten right hand corner want there before and done know what it is

  75. dannydan December 5, 2012 at 6:26 am -

    …might i add that the red arrow is pointing down diagonally right to left and the blue is opposite. Also i
    found out that pulling down the MENU screen informs us what was needed. One more thing, my battery is set for POWER SAVING @30% DISCHARGE and sits at the moment @33%…. that being said, when i clkd on the download, i was informed that my batt was to low for the commencement of the dwnld and was given achoice of when to ry again re; 1.1hr, 2.5hr. etc etc So like after i ticked the 1.1 the chk mark was replaced by a clock dial icon… 😉 Ingenious
    tickex the 1.1

  76. dannydan December 5, 2012 at 5:52 am -

    red arrow/lt blue arrow and a chk mark is NEW SOFTWARE AVAILABLE (TMOBILE UPDATE SERVICE)

  77. Albert November 27, 2012 at 8:09 am -

    I have a new Samsung Galaxy S advance, and I see a small symbol on the top of the screen. It looks like a capital n “N” with a little WLAN symbol covering the left leg. Anybody has an idea what is that?

  78. Annie November 26, 2012 at 7:24 pm -

    I have a new Samsung Galaxy s 11 today a new icon on the left is the old sign of tapes like old tape recorders. then somewhat like a charachter voice? not easy to discribe..also a red light flashes on the left..I’ve tried checking everything..but nothing seems to be letting me know what’s up. At first I couldn’t get message or send..but now I can??? I’m so confused.

  79. Aussie November 15, 2012 at 9:29 am -

    Numerous of us on this thread have an icon that is located on the far left side of the notification tray. It is a grey 5-sided shape (like a house outline but on its side). It has a red circle superimposed over the top of it with a white number that increments or decrements.

    I am reasonably sure that is the notificatons icon. Can someone confirm?

    Also I can never get the number below “2.” Where can I find which application is notifying me? Pulling down the bar shows no notifications.

  80. Jenny November 14, 2012 at 8:56 am -

    Since the latest update on my Galaxy note, it seems to be a lot better. However, my phone has lost the name I gave it when I first had it. How do I rename it?

  81. Fabio November 9, 2012 at 6:04 am -

    The small square with a plus sign in it means your batery is fully loaded. The square is actually a battery, but it is dificulto to identify it because the icon is so small.

  82. Gina November 6, 2012 at 12:57 am -

    I have unidentified symbol at top left of my screen. It is a white square with a handle or maybe top of padlock on it and has a black pointer in the middle – pointing to the right.
    Also have another symbol that has 2 arrows pointing in opposite directions at an angle – one green one grey.
    I had packet data activated during the day but have is switched off now and the symbols are still there.

  83. Erica November 2, 2012 at 3:27 am -

    Thanks Brian. actually the person I sent it to got the photo alright so i suppose it must simply denote MMS. Bit misleading with a skull though…

  84. Brian November 1, 2012 at 2:23 pm -

    @Erica: Hmm… I don’t think a skull logo would be a default icon–perhaps it is from your messaging app? I would recommend resending the image to be sure. If you could take a screen shot of the icon I might be able to identify it

  85. Erica November 1, 2012 at 3:12 am -

    Just sent MMS to someone. There is now a message/envelope symbol found under ‘log’ or ‘history’ for this sent message… BUT, it has a tiny head (?) next to it. Looks a bit like a skull.

    Is this the standard symbol for MMS, or does it mean the image part wasn’t sent or something? It was a pretty important photo. Please help!

  86. paul October 27, 2012 at 3:46 pm -

    shopping bag with arrow inside is updates available

  87. Hui min October 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm -

    Hello,I would like to ask what is the meaning of that the bottom lines of my Samsung galaxy sII kept showing a WLAN with a symbol ‘H’ that I have never seen it before?

  88. Dan October 24, 2012 at 4:34 pm -

    how do I get the ANDY icon in my notification area so I can transfer pics from phone to pc?

  89. Jane October 23, 2012 at 3:41 am -

    The M icon is letting you know you have Google Mail.

  90. Jordan October 23, 2012 at 12:11 am -

    I believe the horizontal arrows are an device management/software update icon. Go settings> about phone> software update and see if an update is available, it may solve that problem. The bag with the down arrow indicates app updates either available, or downloading I forget wich. Go into your app store, click menu>my apps then see wich ones need manual updates. Im not quite sure what the M box means? Might you have an app with a feature enabled? Ill check up on it

  91. Jordan October 22, 2012 at 11:58 pm -

    This is the “Smart Stay” feature. It allows the screen to stay lit as long as it detects that you are still looking at it.

    Go to system settings> display> uncheck smart stay

  92. Kelly October 22, 2012 at 11:54 am -

    I have the S 3 and there is an icon that keeps popping up sporadically in the notification bar. It looks like an eye with three lines – like lashes – on the top. Any idea what it is for ??

  93. luis October 20, 2012 at 11:14 am -


  94. lesley October 14, 2012 at 10:27 pm -

    hi there, please help i have 3 icons in the top left hand corner of my SII to horizontal arrows one green and one grey pointing in different directions, a shopping bag with a down arrow inside it and a white square with a capital M inside, have had these for days and cannot find what they mean anywhere. thanks.

  95. Carolyn October 14, 2012 at 5:45 am -

    when making calls cant hear dialtone or person when they answer & receiving calls cant hear other person when i answer, have a a logo next to hold it looks like a zigzag with a line through it.

  96. Celine G September 12, 2012 at 11:01 am -

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S11 lte. I have two symbols at the top of my phone that look like shopping bags. They one has an arrow going down in it, and one has a check mark inside it. Can you tell me what they are please?

  97. lynn September 9, 2012 at 6:43 am -

    We have a galaxy s II skyrocket. When we are charging it a yellow triangle with a battery and lines through it is displayed. What does this mean?

  98. Linda September 8, 2012 at 2:32 am -

    have 2 symbols top left corner, looks like white sails on blue sea. tyvm

  99. Some Dude September 6, 2012 at 2:59 pm -

    @Kay Bowen
    The Large N, or Capital N with the wifi circle arcs in the bottom left corner shows that the Near Field Communication (NFC) feature is turned on.

    Usually under the ‘Wireless and Networks’-> More panel.

  100. Joanne August 28, 2012 at 3:09 pm -

    The Icon that looks like a reversed battery with a Minus in it means you have turned Notifications off.

  101. FionaK August 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm -

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and in top far left corner I have a grey 5 sided shape (like a house but 90 degrees anticlockwise) on top of which is a red circle with white outline which has a number in it which goes and down for no apparent reason. What is it and why? Also, I downloaded a couple of very small files yesterday but I still have the downloading icon showing – how long will that last ?

  102. greg s August 17, 2012 at 10:33 am -

    I have an icon that is located on the far left side of the notification tray. It is a grey 5-sided shape (like a house outline but pointing left). It has a red circle superimposed over the top of it with a white number that increments or decrements with something but I dont know what. Please help!

  103. Mj August 16, 2012 at 12:34 am -

    Hi in the left hand corner i have a symbol that is similar to the symbol for signal with and ‘x’ on the right hand side of the symbol. covering the highest level of signal. but there is nothing wrong with my signal. its an additional symbol on the left hand side.

  104. Janis August 15, 2012 at 4:04 am -

    I accidentally deleted the Samsung account icon from the top indicator bar (on the right) as I was trying to set up my Samsung account. How do I re-instate it?
    Do I need to reinstate it? I am not even sure why I need this account.

    Is there an easy to follow introduction to the Samsung Galaxy S2?

  105. ingrid August 6, 2012 at 12:53 am -

    my status bar at the top left is showing 3 white stars with red dots in the center of the star. There is also to the left of those of a sideways envelope with a red circle and a #4 in the center. Ive looked up SSS GALAXY 2S but cant find those help!

  106. lisa kelloway August 1, 2012 at 12:06 pm -

    when i make a call sometimes i get a solid red circle in top left hand corner also when my bluetooth is connected .
    but when my bluetooth is connected and the light shows it’s like i have put the call on mute from the other end as the caller can hear me but i cant hear them can you help

  107. Jane July 28, 2012 at 7:08 pm -

    I have a brand new Samsung Galaxy S III. I am getting the same symbol as Kalen: the letter “i” inside a white circle, crossed with a slash. I have restarted and shut down, and it has not gone away. What is it and how do we deal with it?

  108. Leigh July 26, 2012 at 7:13 pm -

    Hi, in the left hand corner of my screen it what looks like a briefcase or a lock (a rectangle with a handle at the top), inside the rectangle is an arrow pointing down. What does this mean?

  109. Jaime July 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm -

    The symbol I’m trying to figure out on my G3 is a circle/diamond similar to the GPS with a cross in the middle. It had 3 semi-circles next to it but when I turned off the Google location services option off they turned off. Any ideas?

  110. kalen July 19, 2012 at 8:47 am -

    Next to the clock I have a lower case i in a circle with a slash through it. What could this mean?

  111. Jordan July 18, 2012 at 11:53 am -

    Problem solved with restart and battery-pull, which is what I should have done first. I guess ICS confused my phone for a gs3…

    NOTE: If icon appears once updated and factory data reset has been performed, pull the battery. There is no way to disable.

  112. Jordan July 18, 2012 at 11:28 am -

    I have the gs2 skyrocket and recently updated to ICS. Soon after update and factory data reset I have the same icon that Laura, (on this page), has on her gs3. I gray tag-looking icon with a minus symbol in the middle. Apparently it represents notifications being disabled, but I tried following the link on this page for help with the same issue on the gs3, but options from phone to phone are different. Can you help?

  113. Daniel July 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm -

    Denyka had already found the issue. I had disabled notifications

  114. Daniel July 11, 2012 at 2:25 pm -

    What is the icon on the left?

  115. Guest July 10, 2012 at 12:46 pm -

    My S3 has something similar to the GPS icon… but with lines around it.

    Nothing that I can find in any Samsung documentation

  116. Robert July 5, 2012 at 7:12 am -

    I have three arrows in a triangle shape that looks like the recycle symbol on my phone. What does that mean? I also have two download symbols that have been there for weeks and will not go away. How do you remove them?

  117. Jennifer July 4, 2012 at 4:17 pm -

    Latrayl, I have the same gray x’s next to a couple of people’s names. Do you have Tango downloaded on your phone? The only contacts with the x are also ones that have Tango on their phones.

  118. andy July 4, 2012 at 2:20 am -

    the N with a tiny blue wifi icon is for NFS, for sharing photos with other deivces that are very close / touching.

  119. Paul July 1, 2012 at 10:18 am -

    My new Galaxy SII has a N with a tiny blue wifi signal in the bottom left corner of the N, its not listed anywhere, it is next to the phone signal and is where I have seen the 3G signal appear. any ideas please?

  120. Dan June 29, 2012 at 12:54 am -

    Laura I had that symbol for a while as well and I had to drag down the notifications bar at the top of your screen and where you get the menu at the top to turn your bluetooth on etc scroll along to notifications and turn them back on!

  121. danny June 27, 2012 at 11:25 am -

    letter h top right with arrows up and down can you tell me what does it mean

  122. Raymond a June 26, 2012 at 11:13 pm -

    Hi i was wondering, how do i know if im connect to 4g on lg thrill
    kuz it never shows it bt i hav the 4g speed

  123. Brian June 26, 2012 at 10:15 am -

    Hi Isha, that is a data speed icon (HSPA), and the up and down arrows represent data being sent and received

  124. Isha June 26, 2012 at 9:56 am -

    Hi Guyz,
    I’ve got a samsung s2 and a symbol keeps showing next to my reception bar. It’s a H with a arrow pointing up and 1 pointing down. Any suggestions?

    Thank u 🙂

  125. Isha June 26, 2012 at 9:54 am -

    Hi guyz,
    I’ve got a galaxy s2 and theres an icon nxt 2 my reception bar, which is a H and an arrow which points up and one points down, any suggestions please?

    Thank u 🙂

  126. Brian June 26, 2012 at 9:24 am -

    That is a chat notification from Google Talk

  127. John Huang June 26, 2012 at 12:33 am -

    Hi guys, I have a speech bubble icon with the word ‘talk’ inside. anyone knows what it means? Thanks!

  128. Sharon June 22, 2012 at 5:51 am -

    I just got a Samsung Galaxy S2 and it shows 2 email notification icons in the upper left, but only one of them seems to have any meaning. The one illustrated in the story about which icons mean what shows up when I have new msgs, but there’s another email icon that shows up most of the time, regardless of whether I have any new msgs. I can click on it and drag and it opens my email inbox, but I don’t get it.

  129. Latrayl June 19, 2012 at 5:18 am -

    I just got my galaxy s2 and in my text messages next to a couple of conversation with ppl I have a grey x in a circle and I have no clue what it means

  130. bruce June 15, 2012 at 6:39 pm -

    diagonal red over blue arrows??

  131. Denyka June 14, 2012 at 4:58 pm -

    Hi Laura – That means that you have turned your notifications off.

    Have a look at this link and it tells you how to put them back on.


  132. laura June 12, 2012 at 5:08 am -

    Hey I have the new Samsung galaxy s3 and there is a symbol on the top left hand side in the notification bar and it’s like the shape on the battery but pointing left and it’s grey and has a – symbol in the middle. I have been giggling it for.hours a d nothing but it’s starting to really annoy me lol please help. It’s exactly.like the backstage button but with a – symbol not a cross.

  133. Lynda Hill June 7, 2012 at 11:18 am -

    I have the new S3 – my 3rd android phone which has a mystery icon I can’t track down. It’s like the label with + sign when downloading lots of apps but has a minus in it instead. Any ideas? Dragging down the notif bar provides no clues.

  134. Layman May 12, 2012 at 2:30 pm -

    I have a screen shot of an odd icon. It is a 2 over an arrow looking thing. It shows up when I’m on a call with wifi calling enabled.

  135. Brian April 26, 2012 at 9:37 am -

    Hi Robert, the three with the checkbox are successful application updates while the last is a pending application update download

  136. robert April 25, 2012 at 6:06 pm -

    I have multiple grey icons that look like a little briefcase. There are 4: 3 have checkmarks and one has the download arrow. What are they?

  137. tammy April 3, 2012 at 10:47 am -

    Can you please tell me what a little grey padlock is for on a notification on a galaxy 2 smart phone. thank you

  138. Kay Bowen March 24, 2012 at 2:53 am -

    I’ve found out what the N is, I E mailed Samsung. It is NFC technology switched on. It can be switched of in settings. Problem solved!

  139. Brian March 2, 2012 at 3:10 pm -

    Hmm, could denote the type of wireless connection that is active but I have never heard of this before. Do you have any screenshots?

  140. Kay Bowen March 1, 2012 at 2:14 pm -

    Hi, I have a symbol in my galaxy s2 status bar next to the 3g symbol. it is a large N with a small wifi looking symbol at the bottom left corner on the N. any ideas what it is. it is not the wifi symbol and wifi is off. if I switch wifi on this symbols does not disappear just stays along side the wifi symbol.

  141. Brian February 8, 2012 at 11:48 am -

    Thanks for the clarification Bob!

  142. ed February 8, 2012 at 12:43 am -

    Bob G: The Recycling Icon is actually power saving feature, you can adjust this in settings > Power Saving

    The download symbol might have been an automatic update. The built in programs (gmail, youtube, samsung apps etc) usually need updating when you get the phone.

  143. philip January 27, 2012 at 9:51 am -

    This article is useful to have for a first time Android smartphone user. What you guys really need to do is, write up an article for truly the first time user of Android phone. For example, I am a first time owner and user of Samsung Galaxy Vibrant phone. I am getting use to the phone and I am figuring out things myself but an article on the basics of the phone would be nice. Yes, I know about the user manual but who wants to read page after page after page on how to do something. A nice 3-4 page article on icons, tip n tricks, etc… would be better than read a user manual.

  144. Brian December 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm -

    Hi Bob, when you bring down the notification bar does it have any descriptions associated with those icons?

  145. Bob G December 24, 2011 at 10:54 am -

    My wife and I both have new Galaxy sII phones, and both our phones are displaying the same two status bar symbols in the upper left corner… unfortunately, we’ve not been able to find out what they mean. Both symbols are gray. One is the international symbol for recycling, and the other symbol matches the icon for downloads from the applications screen. Can you help us find out what these mean? Thanks!

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