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.