Common Android Icons - dummies

By Dan Gookin

Various icons appear while you use your Android phone. These icons serve common functions in your apps as well as in the Android operating system. Here is a list of the most common icons and their functions.

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


  • Refresh: Fetches new information or reloads.


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


  • Settings: Adjusts options for an app.


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


There are a few things you may want to remember about these icons:

  • Other common symbols are used on icons in various apps. For example, the standard Play and Pause icons are used in many apps.

  • The Overflow might also be referred to as the Action Overflow.

  • Samsung phones may display a MORE button instead of the Overflow icon. The MORE button serves the same function.