Status bar icons and symbols on the iPhone
Two of the familiar iOS symbols have been dropped in iOS7 – ‘play’ and the ‘phone lock’. Apart from those, they are very similar to the ones you are used to. The biggest difference is that they have all become monochrome and flat – just like the rest of the operating system.
If you are looking for a list of the status bar icons for iOS 8 then you will find it here.
If you are after a list of the status bar icons and symbols for older versions including iOS 6 then you will find it here.
In iOS 7 you will find the following status bar icons
|Status icon||What it means|
|Mobile/Cell signal||Shows whether you’re in range of the cellular network and can make and receive calls. The more bars, the stronger the signal. If there’s no signal, the bars are replaced with “No service.”|
|Airplane mode||Shows that airplane mode is on—you cannot use the phone, access the Internet, or use Bluetooth® devices. Non-wireless features are available.|
|LTE||Shows that your carrier’s LTE network is available, and iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. (iPhone 5. Not available in all areas.)|
|UMTS||Shows that your carrier’s 4G UMTS (GSM) network is available, and iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network. (iPhone 4S or later. Not available in all areas.)|
|UMTS/EV-DO||Shows that your carrier’s 3G UMTS (GSM) or EV-DO (CDMA) networkis available, and iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network.|
|EDGE||Shows that your carrier’s EDGE (GSM) network is available, andiPhone can connect to the Internet over that network.|
|GPRS/1xRTT||Shows that your carrier’s GPRS (GSM) or 1xRTT (CDMA) network is available, and iPhone can connect to the Internet over that network.|
|Wi-Fi||Shows that iPhone is connected to the Internet over a Wi-Fi network. The more bars, the stronger the connection.|
|Do Not Disturb||Shows that “Do Not Disturb” is turned on.|
|Personal Hotspot||Shows that iPhone is connected to another iPhone providing a Personal Hotspot.|
|Syncing||Shows that iPhone is synchronising with iTunes.|
|Network activity||Shows network activity. Some apps also use the icon to show an active process.|
|Call Forwarding||Shows that Call Forwarding is set up on iPhone.|
|VPN||Shows that you’re connected to a network using VPN.|
|No Longer used in iOS7||Lock||Shows that iPhone is locked.|
|TTY||Shows that iPhone is set to work with a TTY machine.|
|No longer used in iOS 7||Play||Shows that a song, audiobook, or podcast is playing.|
|Portrait orientation lock||Shows that the iPhone screen is locked in portrait orientation.|
|Alarm||Shows that an alarm is set.|
|Location Services||Shows that an item is using Location Services.|
|Bluetooth||Blue or white icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with a device.|
Gray icon: Bluetooth is on and paired with a device, but the device is out of range or turned off.
No icon: Bluetooth is not paired with a device.
|Bluetooth battery||Shows the battery level of a supported paired Bluetooth device.|
|Battery||Shows battery level or charging status.|
Purple iPhone header
Some website visitors mentioned another status bar feature that does not appear in any documentation – the purple iPhone header.
After some investigation it appears that this occurs when you pair your iPhone to your in car audio system and start siri. If you look at the purple header carefully you will see the siri style mic logo on the right.
To get rid of the purple bar:
1. Disconnect your iPhone from your car audio
2. Invoke siri
3. Switch siri off again without doing anything and the status bar should go back to normal.
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