What do the icons on my Windows Phone 8 device mean?

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There are quite a few icons that show up in various times on your Windows Phone. Some of them are obvious, others are mysterious. The status bar is where most of the icons appear. The status bar is the black bar at the top of the screen. You can swipe down from the top of the screen to show the icons in the status bar. But what do they mean? Let’s find out!


The photo above shows the order in which icons appear. Each spot in the status bar is designated for a certain type of icon. For example, the first spot will always show the cell strength. Below you will find all the icons you could possibly want to see. Most of these icons are self explanatory, but some you may have never seen. Check it out.

Cellular 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, and Bluetooth connections are all turned off. You can still turn Wi-Fi, FM radio, and Bluetooth on separately.

SIM card missing icon

SIM card is missing.

SIM card locked icon

SIM card is locked. For more information, see

Cellular data connection

GPRS icon


EDGE icon


3G icon


4G icon




RTT icon


EVDO icon


EVDV icon


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.

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.

Phone profile

Vibrate mode icon

The phone is in Vibrate mode.

Silent icon

The phone is in Silent mode.

Bluetooth icon

A Bluetooth device is connected to your phone.


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 and needs to be charged.

Unknown battery state

Battery power or state of the battery isn’t known at the current time.

Battery Saver icon

Battery Saver is on.

  • Nick Mantzoros

    typo – wavy lines mean bacon, not vibrate.

  • Charles – The Great and Powerf

    I guess it depends on the phone… My Nokia Lumia 925 Displays LTE for LTE and 4G for HSPA+