Learn the meaning of the iPad status icons

Learn the meaning of the iPad status icons

The icons in the status bar at the top of the screen provide information about iPad.

Status icon

What it means

The Wi-Fi status icon.

Wi-Fi  iPad has a Wi-Fi internet connection. The more bars, the stronger the connection. See Connect iPad to a Wi-Fi network.

The cellular signal strength status icon (four bars).

Cell signal  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is in range of the cellular network. If there’s no signal, “No service” appears.

The airplane mode status icon.

Airplane mode  Airplane mode is on. Nonwireless features are available, but wireless functions may be disabled. See Choose iPad settings for travel.

The 5G status icon.

5G   Your carrier’s 5G network is available, and iPad can connect to the internet over that network (supported on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular); not available in all countries or regions). See Set up cellular service on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The 5G+ status icon.

5G+   Your carrier’s 5G network with higher frequency is available, and iPad can connect to the internet over that network (supported on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular); not available in all countries or regions). See Set up cellular service on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The 5G UW status icon.

5G UW   Your carrier’s 5G network with higher frequency is available, and iPad can connect to the internet over that network (supported on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular) and iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation) (Wi-Fi + Cellular); not available in all countries or regions). See Set up cellular service on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The 5G E status icon.

5G E Your carrier’s 5G E network is available, and supported models can connect to the internet over that network (not available in all countries or regions). See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The LTE status icon.

LTE  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is connected to the internet over a 4G LTE network (not available in all countries or regions). See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The 4G status icon.

4G  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is connected to the internet over a 4G network (not available in all countries or regions). See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The 3G status icon.

3G  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is connected to the internet over a 3G network. See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The EDGE status icon (an “E”).

EDGE  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is connected to the internet over an EDGE network. See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The GPRS status icon.

GPRS  iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models) is connected to the internet over a GPRS network. See View or change cellular data settings on iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular models).

The Personal Hotspot status icon.

Personal Hotspot  iPad is connected to the internet through the Personal Hotspot of another device. See Join a Personal Hotspot.

The Personal Hotspot Indicator icon.

Personal Hotspot Indicator  A blue bubble or bar indicates that iPad is either providing a Personal Hotspot or Screen Mirroring, or an app is actively using your location. See Share your internet connection from iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular).

The Call Indicator icon.

Call Indicator  A green bubble or bar indicates that iPad is on a call. See Make and receive phone calls on iPad.

The Recording Indicator icon.

Recording Indicator  A red bubble or bar indicates that iPad is either recording sound or recording your screen. See Make a recording in Voice Memos on iPad.

The Camera In Use icon.

Camera In Use Indicator  A green indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your camera. View and save measurements on iPad.

The Microphone In Use icon.

Microphone In Use Indicator  An orange indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone. Make a recording in Voice Memos on iPad.

The Syncing status icon.

Syncing  iPad is syncing with your computer. Sync iPad with your computer.

The Network Activity status icon.

Activity  There is network or other activity. Some third-party apps use this icon to show app activity.

The VPN status icon.

VPN  iPad is connected to a network using VPN.

The Lock status icon.

Lock  iPad is locked. See Access features from the iPad Lock Screen.

The RTT status icon.

RTT  RTT is turned on. See Set up and use RTT on iPad.

The Do Not Disturb status icon.

Do Not Disturb  Do Not Disturb is turned on. See Set Do Not Disturb on iPad.

The Orientation Lock status icon.

Orientation lock  Screen orientation is locked. See Change or lock the screen orientation on iPad.

The Location Services status icon.

Location Services  An app is using Location Services. See Control the location information you share on iPad.

The Alarm status icon.

Alarm  An alarm is set. See Set an alarm on iPad.

The Headphones connected status icon.

Headphones connected  iPad is paired with Bluetooth headphones that are turned on and within Bluetooth range. See Set up and listen to Bluetooth headphones.

The Bluetooth Battery status icon.

Bluetooth battery  Shows the battery level of a supported paired Bluetooth device.

The Battery status icon.

Battery  Shows the battery level or charging status. See Charge and monitor the iPad battery.

The Battery Charging icon.

Battery Charging  Shows the iPad battery is charging. See Charge and monitor the iPad battery.

The AirPlay status icon.

AirPlay  AirPlay is on. See Wirelessly stream videos and photos to Apple TV or a smart TV from iPad.

The Voice Control icon.

Voice Control  Voice Control is turned on in Settings > Accessibility, and Siri is ready for your requests. See Use Voice Control to interact with iPad.

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