13 Android Phone Icons to Know - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Part of Android Phones For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Android phones, as well as most Android apps, feature common icons. These symbols work as buttons on the touchscreen: Tap an icon to perform a specific task or action. The icons are quite consistent between the various apps you use. The most common icons are shown here.

  • Action Bar: Displays a pop-up menu. This teensy icon appears in the lower right corner of a button or an image, indicating that actions (commands) are attached.

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  • Action Overflow: Displays a list of actions, similar to a menu.

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  • Add: Adds or creates an item. The plus symbol (+) may be used in combination with other symbols, depending on the app.

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  • Close: Dismisses a card or clears text from an input field.

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  • Delete: Removes one or more items from a list or deletes a message.

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  • Dictation: Lets you use your voice to dictate text.

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  • Done: Dismisses an action bar, such as the text-editing action bar.

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  • Edit: Lets you edit an item, add text, or fill in fields.

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  • Favorite: Flags a favorite item, such as a contact or a web page.

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  • Refresh: Fetches new information or reloads.

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  • Search: Searches the phone or the Internet for a tidbit of information.

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  • Settings: Adjusts options for an app.

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  • Share: Shares information stored on the phone via email or social networking or other Internet services.

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