It may seem that you know everything about your smartphone: all its knacks, glitches, and icons. But occasionally, especially if you’re an Android owner, or if you have just had a software update or installed a new, unfamiliar app, your cell phone might surprise you. You unlock it and – ta-da! – there is an eye, staring at you from the top of the screen!
Everybody knows the meaning of a small radar sign at the top of the screen! Yep, that’s the famous Wi-Fi symbol, loved by many! It appears when you connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, in a coffee shop, or at an airport. But what if a symbol has the same shape as the Wi-Fi icon but is black and has an exclamation mark on it? So, here’s how to decode those and other icons on your screen.
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Two horizontal arrows 0:32
The Wi-Fi icon with an exclamation mark on it 1:03
Two vertical arrows facing opposite directions 1:50
The capital letter “R” 2:05
A little triangle next to the signal bars 2:38
A star symbol 2:52
A tiny telephone with a keyboard next to it 3:12
An ear that seems to be crossed 3:35
A symbol that resembles a curvy capital letter N 4:00
An upside-down teardrop 4:23
A plus inside a circle 4:54
A rectangle with three curved lines 5:21
An eye 5:46
A Wi-Fi symbol coming out of a phone receiver 6:40
A square with some mountains inside 7:00
The symbol of a screenshot with an exclamation mark on it 7:18
A small arrow at the top of the screen 7:41
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– If your phone shows you two horizontal arrows, one over the other and pointing in the opposite directions, it means that your network is testing (or has already launched) Voice-over-LTE service.
– If a symbol has the same shape as the Wi-Fi icon but is black and has an exclamation mark on it, it means that your gadget uses the Smart Network Switching option.
– One day, you may see the capital letter “R” appear next to your phone’s signal bars. It means that your device has managed to connect to a different network – not its regular one.
– A star symbol means that you’ve enabled “Do not disturb” mode on your phone. Instead of a star, there might be a no-entry sign on your gadget.
– A tiny telephone with a keyboard next to it means that you have activated TTY, which stands for teletypewriter. Thanks to this feature, instead of talking, you can type your messages, which makes communication easier for people who have issues with speaking or hearing.
– Also, if you see an icon with an ear that seems to be crossed and a tiny capital letter “T” next to it, you’ve switched on the hearing aid mode.
– When you see a symbol that resembles a curvy capital letter N on the screen, your NFC (which stands for Near Field Communication) is switched on.
– An upside-down teardrop at the top of your phone’s screen not only indicates that your GPS is turned on but also informs you that one of your applications is using your current location at the moment.
– If you’re an Android owner and have noticed a plus inside a circle (which actually looks like a 75% of a circle), you have the Data Saver mode on.
– Another sign an Android device owner may once see at the top of the screen is a rectangle with three curved lines. This is the “Cast Screen” icon.
– If you’re an owner of a Samsung device, one day, you might notice an eye, which might be surrounded by eyelashes or not, staring back at you from the top of the screen. It means that the Smart Stay feature is enabled on your phone.
– A square with some mountains inside informs you about a successfully made screenshot.
– But then, what’s this icon that has the symbol of a screenshot with an exclamation mark on it? This sign warns you that your phone hasn’t been able to save the image.
– A small arrow at the top of the screen on Apple phones means that you’re using location services. Most often, you’ll see this arrow when you have an app with maps open on your device.
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