The Status Bar on Your iPhone X

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The status bar on your iPhone X, which is at the top of every Home screen and displayed by many (if not most) apps, displays tiny icons that provide a variety of information about the current state of your iPhone:

  • Cell signal: The strength of the cellular signal. The cell signal icon tells you whether you’re within range of your wireless telephone carrier’s cellular network and therefore can make and receive calls. The more filled circles you see (five is the highest), the stronger the cellular signal. If you’re out of range, the circles are replaced with the words No Service. And if your iPhone is looking for a cellular signal, the circles are replaced with Searching.

cell signal iPhone X

If your screen shows only one or two filled circles, try moving around a little bit. Even walking a few feet can sometimes mean the difference between no service and three or four filled circles.

  • Airplane mode: All wireless features of your iPhone — the cellular, 4G, 3G, GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), and EDGE networks, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth — are turned off. You’re allowed to use your iPod on a plane after the captain gives the word. But you can’t use your cellphone except when the plane is in the gate area before takeoff or after landing. Fortunately, your iPhone offers an airplane mode, which turns off all wireless features of your iPhone and makes it possible to enjoy music or video during your flight.

airplane mode iPhone X

Some flights now offer on-board Wi-Fi. If you’re on such a flight, you can turn on Wi-Fi even when airplane mode is enabled. Just don’t turn it on until the captain says it’s okay.

  • LTE: Your wireless carrier’s high-speed LTE network is available.

iphone X LTE

  • 4G: Your wireless carrier’s high-speed UMTS network is available.

iPhone X 4G

  • 3G: Your wireless carrier’s 3G UTMS or EV-DO data network is available and your iPhone can connect to the Internet via 3G.

iPhone X 3G

  • EDGE: Your wireless carrier’s slower EDGE (Enhanced Datarate for GSM Evolution) network is available and you can use it to connect to the Internet.

iPhone X Egde

  • GPRS/1xRTT: Your wireless carrier’s slower GPRS data network is available and your iPhone can use it to connect to the Internet.

iPhone X GPRS

 

  • Wi-Fi: Your iPhone is connected to the Internet over a Wi-Fi network. The more semicircular lines you see (up to three), the stronger the Wi-Fi signal. If your screen displays only one or two semicircles of Wi-Fi strength, try moving around a bit. If you don’t see the Wi-Fi icon in the status bar, Internet access is not currently available.

    iPhone X WIFI

    Wireless (that is, cellular) carriers may offer one of four data networks. The fastest are the so-called 4th generation networks such as LTE and 4G UMTS; the next fastest is 3G; and the slowest are EDGE and GPRS. The device looks for the fastest available network. If it can’t find one, it looks for a slower network.

    Wi-Fi networks, however, are even faster than any cellular data network. So all iPhones will connect to a Wi-Fi network if one is available, even if a 4G, 3G, GPRS, or EDGE network is also available.

    Last but not least, if you don’t see one of these icons — LTE, 4G, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, or Wi-Fi — you don’t currently have Internet access.

  • Wi-Fi call: Your iPhone is making a call over Wi-Fi.

WiFi call iPhone X

  • Do Not Disturb: The Do Not Disturb feature is enabled.

do not disturb iPhone X

  • Personal Hotspot: The iPhone is providing a personal hotspot connection to another iPhone or another device.

personal hotspot iPhone X

  • Syncing: Your iPhone is syncing with iTunes.

sync iphone X

  • Network activity: Some network activity is occurring, such as over-the-air synchronization, sending or receiving email, or loading a web page. Some third-party apps use this icon to indicate network or other activity.

network activity iPhone X

  • Call forwarding: Call forwarding is enabled on your iPhone.

iPhone X call forwarding

  • VPN: Your iPhone is currently connected to a virtual private network (VPN).

iphone X VPN

  • TTY: Your iPhone is set up to work with a teletype (TTY) machine, which is used by those who are hearing or speech impaired. You need an optional Apple iPhone TTY adapter (suggested retail price $19) to connect your iPhone to a TTY machine.

iPhone X TTY

  • Portrait orientation lock: The iPhone screen is locked in portrait orientation. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to reveal Control Center and then tap the portrait orientation lock icon to lock your screen in portrait orientation.

portrait orientation lock

  • Alarm: You’ve set one or more alarms in the Clock app.

iPhone X alarm

  • Location Services: An application is using Location Services.

location services iPhone X

  • Bluetooth: The icon displays the current state of your iPhone’s Bluetooth connection. If the icon is blue, Bluetooth is on and a device (such as a wireless headset or car kit) is connected. If the icon is gray, Bluetooth is turned on but no device is connected. If you don’t see a Bluetooth icon, Bluetooth is turned off.

bluetooth iPhone X

  • Bluetooth battery: A tiny battery icon next to the Bluetooth icon displays the battery level of some Bluetooth devices.

bluetooth battery iPhone X

  • Battery: This battery icon displays the level of your battery’s charge. The icon is completely filled with green or white when your battery is fully charged and then empties as your battery becomes depleted. You see a lightning bolt next to the icon when your iPhone is recharging.

battery iPhone X