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Status signs and symbols on your iPhone

This article tells you what the status indicators and icons at the top of your device's display mean.

Position of the status symbols

Status symbols are displayed in the status bar of the iPhone:

iPhone models with Face ID

iPhone models with Touch ID

Learn about status icons on iPhone

The meaning of the individual characters is explained below.


Your carrier's 5G network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet. Compatible with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. (Not available in all areas.)


The higher frequency version of your carrier’s 5G network is available, and your iPhone can connect to the internet using that network. Compatible with iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. (Not available in all areas.)


Your mobile operator's 5G E network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet. Works with iPhone 8 and newer. (Not available everywhere.)


Your carrier’s LTE network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet. (iPhone 5 and newer. Not available in all areas.)


Your mobile operator's 3G-UMTS (GSM) or EV-DO (CDMA) network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet.


The 4G-UMTS (GSM) or LTE network of your cellular provider is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet. (Not available everywhere.)


Your mobile operator's GPRS (GSM) or 1xRTT (CDMA) network is available, and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet.


Your mobile operator's EDGE (GSM) network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet.


You are within range of a cellular network and can make and receive calls. If no signal is received, "No Network" is displayed.


On an iPhone with dual SIM functionality, this means that you are within range of a cellular network and can make and receive calls. If no signal is received, "No Network" is displayed.


You can make WiFi calls. Your mobile operator is also displayed next to the symbol.


Your iPhone is connected to the internet via WiFi.


You are connected to a network via VPN.


You are no longer connected to a VPN network.


An app or website uses location services. An empty arrow means that an object receives your location under certain conditions.


There is network activity.


Do not disturb is turned on. This setting will mute calls, notifications, and notifications until you turn them off. Alarm clocks ring anyway.


Your iPhone is locked with a code or Touch ID.


Your iPhone is paired with a wireless headset, headphones, or in-ear headphones.


An alarm clock is set.


The battery level of your paired Bluetooth device.


Your iPhone is connected to the internet through another iOS device's personal hotspot.


Your iPhone is charging.


Your iPhone is connected to CarPlay.

When the status bar is blue, green, or red

On iPhone X and later, the color appears as a bubble behind the time. On iPhone 8 or earlier, the color runs across the entire status bar. Here you can find out what the individual colors mean:


You are on the phone right now.


Your iPhone is either recording sound or taking a screenshot.

* If you have a personal hotspot on iPhone 8 or earlier, you can see how many devices have joined your hotspot. On iOS devices that use a personal hotspot, displayed in the status bar.

When you see orange or green status indicators in the status bar

With iOS 14, you might see an orange or green status indicator on the status bar on your iPhone. These status indicators are shown when an app is using the microphone and / or camera.

An orange status indicator means that the microphone is being used by an app on your iPhone.

A green status indicator means that either the camera or the camera and microphone are being used by an app on your iPhone.

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