What do the different indicator icons mean on your Galaxy phone

Last Update date : Oct 01. 2021

The icons displayed at the top of the screen provide information about the current status of your Galaxy phone. Check out the icons listed in the table below to see what each symbol represents when using your Galaxy phone.

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List of the indicator icons and their meanings

Indicator icons appear on the status bar at the top of the screen. The icons listed in the table below are the most common.

Network status icons

No signal

Signal strength

Roaming (outside of normal service area)

GPRS network connected

EDGE network connected

UMTS network connected

HSDPA network connected

HSPA+ network connected

4G network connected

LTE network connected

5G network connected

LTE network connected in LTE network that includes the 5G network

Wi-Fi connected

Connected to Wi-Fi network however, unable to access the internet

Bluetooth feature activated

Other indicator icons appear on the status bar

S Pen connected

S Pen disconnected

S Pen battery power level

Location services being used

Call in progress

Missed call

New text or multimedia message

Alarm activated

Mute mode

Vibration mode

Flight mode activated

Error occurred or caution required

Battery charging

Battery power level

PowerSaving mode has been activated

Data Saver setting has been activated

VPN service connected

Mobile Hotspot enabled

Enhanced Processing enabled

Casting activated


  • The indicator bar may not appear at the top of the screen in some apps. To display the status bar, drag down from the top of the screen.
  • Some indicator icons appear only when you open the notification panel.
  • The indicator icons may appear differently depending on the service provider or model.

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