Guide to Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification Bar / Status Bar Icons

There are many different icons that can appear on your Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification Bar (aka Status Bar) and since not all of us have been born experts, we might not know from start what each of these icons means. I am here to share with you a guide to the Samsung Galaxy S3 notification bar icons and tell you exactly what each of the icons you can see in the status bar means.

And just before we start, it’s also worth knowing that we can drag downwards the indicator area for more details, then drag it up to hide that panel.

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Now let’s check out what each of the notification bar icons of the Samsung Galaxy S3 means!

Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– No signal


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Signal Strength


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Connected to GPRS Network


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Connected to EDGE Network


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Connected to HSDPA Network


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Wi-Fi Ap Connected


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Bluetooth activated


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– GPS-based services in use


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Call in progress


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Missed call


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Device connected to computer


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– No SIM card


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– New Message


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Alarm Activated


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Roaming (outside of service area)


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Silent Mode Activated (vibrate)


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Silent Mode Activated (mute)


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Flight Mode


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Error Notification


Samsung Galaxy S3 Notification / Status Bar Icons– Battery Power meter


And here you have it! These are the icons that appear in the Samsung Galaxy S3 Status Bar and you now know what they all mean. I hope you find this info very useful!
Check out Samsung’s web page.

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  • Dominick November 11, 2015, 4:47 PM

    What’s the two hockey stick interlocking next to the sound icon

  • A August 6, 2015, 4:47 PM

    In the icons on the top of the screen, I have a man (shoulders and head) with a “+” next to it. Unable to find what this means. Any idea?

  • Bhatti June 30, 2014, 12:21 AM

    some indicators are missing..

  • kamran April 16, 2014, 2:09 AM

    I am getting a square icone and agreen receiver in it with a cross line . I have korean s3 version. What does it mean ?

  • allen April 6, 2014, 1:01 PM

    n symbol mean

  • steve November 6, 2013, 9:14 AM

    I have a briefcase with a check mark in it…anyone?

  • T. Tweedly August 31, 2013, 6:29 AM

    When I first got my galaxy 3 my wifi icon & signal strength icon were blu & I never had any connection problem. Now they are gray occaisionaly I have full strenth & no connection whatsoever. Please help me….anybody.

  • sambish July 15, 2013, 12:01 PM

    I cant dial no asa I started to connect to the no I dial a white screen appears for a second n again the no keypad appears due to which I cant make a call

  • JenC72 July 8, 2013, 5:59 AM

    I have another symbol popping up when I take a picture. Its always of a computer screen/monitor with arrows pointing left to right coming out of the right side of the computer monitor. Someone plz tell me what this could be? Thanks!

  • chris May 7, 2013, 3:50 AM

    The eye icon indicates Smart Screen features are available (stay on, pause on look away, scroll).
    the hand icon indicates air gestures are available (scroll, switch tabs, etc.)

  • raymond May 6, 2013, 7:37 PM

    Cheers Mandy, I had the n with the lines too but not any more.

  • Mandy April 30, 2013, 5:08 PM

    Since no one answered the questions about the capital N with the signal bars its your NFC on which allows data exchange when your device touches another device. Turn it off by going to “more settings” and switch off “NFC”.

  • cara April 25, 2013, 10:19 PM

    There is an eye in my status bar. What is this?

  • kade April 22, 2013, 11:57 AM

    I have the same as evelyn, a white box pointing left with a line though it,and I can’t find out what it is so someone please help

  • Evelyn April 20, 2013, 9:27 PM

    I have a white box pointing to left with a line through middle any ideas what this is I cant get clear it?

  • Hadiyah Khan April 5, 2013, 10:35 PM

    I cant sliDe my notification panel down. I used to be able to, idk what I did to it but it just will not pull down, the synbol appears in the top left corner but I canot drag it diwn what so ever, help please its frustrating!

  • cheri April 1, 2013, 1:57 PM

    I have an alarm icon with the little noise lines coming out of the little speaker on my drop down bar up top that was never there before now I don’t know how to vet ride of it

  • beth March 31, 2013, 5:56 AM

    My notification bar won’t roll up or down. How do I turn it back on to roll it down. Going nuts.

  • leesah March 27, 2013, 6:41 AM

    I have a icon at the top corner…lower case i in a circle with a line in it..dnt know what it is..please help

  • Matthew March 20, 2013, 5:01 AM

    The man in a hat in the browser means you are in incognito mode. It is Google’s version of in-private browsing. Upon exit, your cookies and browser history will be deleted. To exit, pinch (zoom out) and then hit the (-) icon in the corner of the window.

  • Matthew March 20, 2013, 4:57 AM

    The icon with a diamond (or square) is E911 mode. It can’t be disabled. It simply means that if you call 911 the police will be able to find your phone from its cell signal.

  • lorraine March 9, 2013, 6:42 PM

    Im getting a icon that looks like an eye..what does that mean??

  • anon March 3, 2013, 5:25 AM

    What does the target with the bars to
    The right of it mean

  • Tyler February 27, 2013, 9:58 PM

    I have a house with a wifi signal above it. It’s very small and located just above the signal strength indicator. Any idea what that is???

  • mel..s February 22, 2013, 6:22 AM

    Top of mt browser i have what looks like a man in a hat icon..just noticed it . No idea what its for. Help???

  • michelle February 7, 2013, 7:02 PM

    I have a square that is on a corner and had a cross hair in it what does that mean?

  • orla. sweeney January 30, 2013, 9:57 PM

    My notifications menu wont drop down at all. How can I fix this?

  • dale renbarger January 29, 2013, 4:28 PM

    I have several update notification icons on my bar. How do I access so I can tell which apps are updating?. Thanks for your time. Galaxy lll.

  • adam January 28, 2013, 1:17 AM

    Go to ur software update and download the new update should fix it superstoked at the moment been waiting forever for this one

  • Whyme January 24, 2013, 10:01 AM

    Sorry should have read, i tunred the notificTions icon off on my status bar and now it has disappeared. Does anyone know how I can retrieve it back to the notifications panel, please?

  • Whyme January 24, 2013, 9:59 AM

    I turned off my notifications icon and now its disappeared, does anyone know how I can get it back on the. Otifications bar please?

  • Kat January 18, 2013, 9:54 PM

    I too have been getting the eye symbols pop up ? What is it ? And seems battery is constantly needing to be charged.. for a new mobile.. this is concerning ๐Ÿ™

    • Calin January 19, 2013, 8:48 AM

      It’s not concerning to have to constantly recharge your battery… when I use the phone intensely, I have to charge it once every 24 hours. If you play some recent games with top graphics, they can even drain your battery in a couple of hours.

  • joe January 10, 2013, 5:30 AM

    I have the eye symbol that is for the smart stay function stuck on. I have turned off the smart stay but the symbol is still there. Also my battery just started draining very quickly over the last few days on standbye mode. I will not get my phone out of my pocket until lunchtime after being charged all night and the battery will be at 40 or so percent. Any ideas?

  • Stephen January 8, 2013, 10:05 PM

    Yes I too have the capital N WITH THE BLUE LINES Has anyone any suggestions !!!!

  • shane January 3, 2013, 4:36 AM

    Also have the capital N with bars. Just noticed today

  • Fabian December 28, 2012, 7:05 PM

    I have a square that is on a corner and had a cross hair in it what does that mean?

  • Laurie December 28, 2012, 4:44 AM

    I also have the N WITH 3 BLUE LINES AND am curious about the meaning.

  • crystal barker December 10, 2012, 11:28 AM

    I have the same issue as Brian
    Capital N with 3 blue lines in the corner
    Anyone have any idea as to what this is?

  • Brian savoie November 25, 2012, 8:23 AM

    I have one you missed
    Capital N with 3 blue signal bars on bottom of left side of N

  • dan November 17, 2012, 12:35 AM

    The eye means its tracking your eye movement through front facing cam. to turn it off go into settings to disable. i never really likes it anyways

  • Greg Long November 16, 2012, 11:13 PM

    Ok I have several that you missed.
    1. A blue icon with an S for Samsung
    2. A gray icon that looks like a cassette tape reel.
    3. A blue icon that looks like a telephone handset with three bars.

  • Arif November 16, 2012, 3:10 PM

    What about the “down arrow” icon (downloads?) – want to get rid of those

  • Bruce November 13, 2012, 5:24 PM

    Does anyone know what an eye symbol with eye lashes above the eye is for? I’ve noticed it a few times on my notification bar. I can’t do anything with it…it appears for a short time, then goes away…any ideas?

    • memehunter December 30, 2012, 12:10 PM

      That is the smart stay. Turn it off in settings.

      • Ally January 14, 2014, 12:56 PM

        Smart stay?
        Where in settings?

  • Raymond Henick November 11, 2012, 2:53 PM

    Pull down the tray and turn on notifications.

  • bette November 5, 2012, 2:27 PM

    I have the. No notifications symbol (I in the circle with the slash) ive reset my phone twice and it still there. There is no I on the notifications list with the wifi, bluettoth, data on/off, etc…..for me to turn on so it can go away. I just bought the s3 Friday and two factory resets already and this symbol that wont go not impressed.

  • sarah October 31, 2012, 12:29 AM

    i have a no signal symbol that has an i in it and i don’t know how to get rid of it. any ideas anyone??

  • Tom September 5, 2012, 10:15 AM

    You missed one, the no notification icon.

  • Derrick Castro September 5, 2012, 1:02 AM

    Could be an update perhaps?

  • anonymous September 2, 2012, 5:53 PM

    You missed one. It’s the no signal symbol with an i in it. Don’t know what it means

    • james October 21, 2012, 11:54 PM

      What is this one? I have it on my phone and it stays after restarting it. Signal is good, 3g is good, wifi and blutooth are off.

    • anonymous November 4, 2012, 3:18 PM

      I had that problem too, its your notification symbol with a line in it. It just means you need to scroll down your notification bar and turn on your notifications. It looks like the symbol you just described except without the line through it. Just turn it on and your problem will be fixed, one more thing. It will pop up two arrows going in opposite direction then it’ll ask you something about agreeing to it, just press agree and your problem will be fixed.

      • Sandy December 6, 2012, 9:40 AM

        I just had the problem and managed to fix it by myself. Pull the notification menu down and on the top menu, find the icon which says “Notification” (right next to Power saving icon) Then turn on the icon button. The notification bars will appear again ๐Ÿ™‚