iPhone Symbols – What The Hell Do They Mean?

by John Carroll on November 7, 2012

Sneakers - WhistlerIf you own an iPhone, chances are you’ve seen a weird shape or a strange symbol on the display.

What do these things mean?

The answer is on the list below. If it’s not on the list… you’re probably holding an Android phone.

iPhone Status Icons

These pages are reproduced from Apples iPhone Users Guide.

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Amanda July 13, 2014 at 2:15 am

My phone is on the portrait orantation. I can’t get it off can someone please help me.


John Carroll John Carroll July 13, 2014 at 2:36 am

Hi Amanda – If your phone is running iOS 7… swipe up from the bottom of the screen and a translucent window will appear that lets you turn on and off many settings.
Look to the top right hand side where you’ll see a button with the icon of a lock with a circular arrow around it. This is the screen lock icon. It’s white when engaged. Tap it to release and the button will go back to black. Hope this helps – John


Nicholas June 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

Finally the whole list. thank you for iphone symbols


mary January 17, 2014 at 7:47 am

I have a blue circle with a slanted line through it next to a contact what does that mean?


John Carroll John Carroll January 17, 2014 at 11:41 am

Is this on a Mac, iPhone or iPad… and what operating system is running?


tony November 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

how do o turn off the portrait orientation ?


John Carroll John Carroll November 18, 2013 at 8:15 am

Hi Tony – To unlock orientation, swipe up from the home screen to get the settings pane.Tap the last icon on the far-right that looks like a lock inside a circular arrow. Swipe down to get out of the settings pane. – John


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