Familiarize the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Status Icons and Their Meanings

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Your Samsung Galaxy Note3's status bar is incredibly important. Its indicator icons will show you a lot of very important information that can help you use your device to its fullest potential. Read through the list below to understand what each icon means.

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List of Indicator Icons

Below are your Samsung Galaxy Note3's Indicator Icons.

Icon Icon Name Icon Meaning
No signal This is the no signal indicator, which means that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is not receiving a signal from your network.
Signal strength indicator This is the signal strength indicator, which shows how strong your network signal is.
Roaming signal indicator This is the roaming signal indicator. Roaming is when you are off of your carrier's network and are using a competitor's.
S Pen removed indicator This indicates that your Note3's S Pen has been removed.
GPRS network signal. This is the GPRS signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's GPRS network.
EDGE network signal This is the EDGE signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's EDGE network.
UMTS network signal This is the UMTS signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's UMTS network.
HSDPA network signal This is the HSDPA signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's HSDPA network.
HSPA+ network signal This is the HSPA+ signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's HSPA+ network.
LTE network signal This is the LTE signal strength indicator. You'll see this indicator when you're on your carrier's LTE network.
WiFi network signal This is the WiFi signal strength indicator. When you see it, it means your device is connected to a WiFi network. The bars indicate how strong the connection is.
Bluetooth on This indicates that Bluetooth is enabled on your device. When Bluetooth is turned on, your device can connect to other Bluetooth-enabled devices as long as they are paired with each other.
GPS on This indicates that GPS is turned on. Your device can now use location services such as navigation and Google Maps.
Active call This indicates that a call is currently being made.
Missed call indicator This means that there is a missed call. Drag your notification bar down to clear the notification or to return the call.
Air Gesture feature active This indicates that Air Gesture is activated. Air Gesture allows you to wave your hand over your phone to navigate through certain apps like the Internet browser.
Smart Screen gesture feature active This indicates that Smart Screen is now active. When this feature is turned on, you can tilt your head up or down to scroll through a webpage in the Internet browser.
Syncing active icon This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is syncing information from some of your applications to the internet.
Connected to a computer via USB icon This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is connected to a computer via a USB cable.
No SIM card indicator This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 has no SIM card installed.
New SMS/MMS indicator This indicates that there is a new and unread SMS/MMS on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
Alarm indicator This indicates that an alarm is enabled or activated on your Samsung Galaxy Note3.
Silent mode indicator This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is set to silent mode. New calls and messages will go through on your device without activating the ringtone.
Vibration mode indicator This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is set to vibrate mode. Your device will vibrate when a new message or call is being received.
Airplane mode indicator This indicates that your Samsung Galaxy Note3 is in Airplane mode, which means that all wireless connectivity (cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth) has been disabled.
Error indicator This indicates that there is an error within your Samsung Galaxy Note3. Drag the notification bar down and tap on the error icon to see more details about the error.
Battery level indicator This indicates how much charge the battery has left. A fully green icon means that your device is fully charged while an empty battery icon means that the battery is nearly empty.

Questions and Answers

What is the icon that looks like a stealth jet in the corner of a white square?

The icon you are describing is the Airplane Mode icon. You can make it go away by holding your power button and pressing the Airplane mode tab that pops up on your screen.


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On my lock screen there is a camera appearing and I cannot see the photo I chose as wallpaper. I want to remove that camera icon? What do I need to do?

To remove the lock screen's camera shortcut, follow these simple steps:

  1. 1
    Go to your phone's settings app.
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  2. 2
    Tap the Device tab.
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  3. 3
    Tap the Lock screen tab.
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    Tap the Shortcuts field, and select none from the pop up window.
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Hello on my Galaxy Note3 it previously was indicating green on the battery icon but now it's just white. Why is that and how can I take it back to green?

The reason the battery indicator is now green is because your phone was updated to Android 4.4 Kit Kat, which removed the green from your battery icon and replaced it with white.

You can download this app to put a green battery indicator in your status bar.

I am losing signal and internet at my home location which always had strong of both, my phone also thinks I am located internationally?

You need to restart your device. Hold down the power button and tap the Restart option. If the problem persists, you will need to take your device in for servicing by a certified technician, as this sounds like a hardware problem.

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What is this icon that looks like an N?

I have an icon that looks like an N and I'm trying to figure out what it means.

An N icon could symbolize your Galaxy Note3's NFC functionality. When the feature is turned on, a white icon with a squiggly N will show on your notification bar.

All the icons in my notification bar are overlapping each other, how do I fix it?

It looks as if they are shadowing and I can not fix it.

You can drag your notification bar down to get rid of each icon by swiping them away. If that doesn't fix the problem, try restarting the phone. If you're still experiencing an issue, you'll want to take your phone in to a certified technician, as it sounds like your phone's GPU is malfunctioning.

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I'm trying to identify an icon. It's a price tag with a heart in it. Don't know which model of Galaxy my relative has?

Icon looks like the price tag with a cross meaning that there are too many notifications to display, but THIS icon has a heart inside.

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Why does my Samsung Tab 3 show no signal indicator? What should I do?

Since it shows no signal indicator. I cannot use my mobile network at all. I have tried: I had factory reset twice. I think it was caused by: I'm not sure

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