This Galaxy S10 how-to guide explains the differences between Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons, how to customize the notifications in the status bar, and the meaning of Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e.
Please note, in some regions or carriers, the status icon on Galaxy S10 may be slightly different.
If you want to customize or disable notification icons in Galaxy S10 status bar, you may check this guide.
What is the difference between Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons?
Like other Android phones, Galaxy S10 uses the top part of the screen as a status bar to display status icons and notification icons. These icons tell you something about the system or inform you about unread or on-going notifications.
The icons in the Galaxy S10 status bar are usually classified as notification icons and status icons.
As shown in the screenshot below, the Galaxy S10 notification icons are in the left side of the status bar. The Galaxy S10 status icons are on the right side of the status bar.
Please note, due to camera cutout on Galaxy S10, the status icon are aligned to the left side of the cutout, not to the right edge of the screen.
The differences between Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons are
- Galaxy S10 status icons are always related to the system; while Galaxy S10 notification icons are usually linked to specific apps (including a few system apps and third-party apps).
- Galaxy S10 status icons are normally shown on the right side of the status bar; while Galaxy S10 notification icons always appear on the left side of the status bar.
- Galaxy S10 status icons are more or less universal in all regions; while Galaxy S10 notification icons depend on individual apps, whose developers can use whatever they want.
- Galaxy S10 status icons normally do not have any corresponding notifications in the notification panel; while Galaxy S10 notification icons usually have one or more corresponding notifications in the notification panel.
- You can customize the number of Galaxy S10 notification icons shown on the Galaxy S10 status bar. But you cannot customize the number of status icons.
Please note, when an app is in the immersive full-screen mode, the status bar will be hidden temporally. You can swipe down from the top of the screen to bring up the Galaxy S10 status bar (and Galaxy S10 navigation bar if you are using Galaxy S10 navigation buttons).
Meaning of Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e
To help you use the phone effectively, the commonly used Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons on Galaxy S10, S10+, and S10e are explained.
We organize Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons into the following 7 groups:
- Mobile network related;
- WiFi and Bluetooth related;
- Battery/power related;
- Phone calls and sound related;
- USB related;
- Messages related.
Please note, for the notification icons, it is up to the app developers to choose notification icons, which can be substantially different from the app icon. So in this guide, we will mainly cover notification icons from pre-installed apps.
In this guide, Settings refer to Galaxy S10 Settings.
1. Meaning of mobile network related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
Mobile network signal strength icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates the strength of the mobile signal in your area. The strength is illustrated by the number of bars. A strong signal usually corresponds to a better connection/reception.
As explained in Galaxy S10 SIM card guide, you can get the actual signal strength (in dBm) in Settings – About phone – Status – SIM card status.
Mobile network in range icon
This Galaxy S9 status icon indicates there is a mobile network in range. But the SIM card in your Galaxy S10 failed to register on it.
You may reboot the Galaxy S10 and wait a while to see whether your SIM card can register to any networks. If the problem persists, you should contact your carrier to check whether your SIM is activated or not, or the mobile signal coverage in your area.
The Galaxy S10 roaming icon indicates you are using Galaxy S10 in a roaming partner’s network, not in your carrier’s own network. The charges for voice and data are usually more expensive than using your carrier’s own network.
This Galaxy S10 status icon appears when you visit other countries and roaming is enabled (by your carrier) for your SIM card. If you are living or traveling near the country border, sometimes, you may also roam to carriers in the neighboring country from time to time if the mobile signal of your carrier is too weak in that region.
By default, Galaxy S10 mobile data are disabled automatically to help you avoid expensive mobile data charges in a guest network. You can enable data roaming in Settings — Connections — Mobile networks — Data roaming.
Network not available icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon means Galaxy S10 fails to register with any mobile networks in that area. Therefore, you cannot use any mobile network features: you cannot make or receive calls; you cannot use mobile data.
The problem may be caused by:
- There is no mobile network signal coverage of your carrier in the specific location at that time; or
- The SIM card has not been activated yet.
- Wrong mobile network mode. You should try to use automatic connect in Galaxy S10 Settings —Connections — Mobile networks — Network mode.
You have to call your carrier to solve the issue.
Airplane mode (flight mode) icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon tells you Galaxy S10 is in flight mode.
When Galaxy S10 enters the flight mode, all connections including, WiFi, mobile network, and Bluetooth, will be turned off.
After Galaxy S10 is in the flight mode, you can turn on WiFi and Bluetooth connections manually. But you cannot turn on the mobile network (data or voice) when in Galaxy S10 flight mode.
Although most airlines do not require you to power off Galaxy S10 during flight, you should use the flight mode if the airline allows you to use your Galaxy S10 and when the airplane is cruising (not taking off, or landing).
GPRS mobile data connection icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates that Galaxy S10 is connected to the mobile data network in GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) mode, which is a 2G mobile data connection and the slowest mobile data connection. Such a mobile data connection is only good for checking emails or downloading MMS. It is too slow for web browsing.
If your mobile plan includes 3G data or 4G LTE data, but you often get this Galaxy S10 status icon, you may check with your carrier on the 3G and 4G network coverage in your area.
EDGE mobile data connection icon
The Galaxy S10 status icon indicates you are using a 2G EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution) mobile data connection. It is normally faster than GPRS. But it is still a 2G connection, which is normally slower than a 3G or 4G data connection.
If your mobile plan includes 3G data or 4G LTE data, but you often get this Galaxy S10 status icon, you may check with your carrier on the 3G and 4G network coverage in your area.
3G mobile data connection icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates Galaxy S10 is connected to a UMTS network. It is generally faster than GPRS and EDGE connections.
HSPA and HSPA+ are usually considered as 3G connections (using 3G network infrastructure). But they have their own status icons on Galaxy S10.
HSPA mobile data connection icon
HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) is considered as mobile “broadband”. The typical speed is about a few Mbits per second. In some regions, it may be referred to as a 3.5G network.
The connection speed is typically faster than the 3G UMTS connection.
HSPA+ network connected icon
HSPA+ (Evolved HSPA) is the fastest 3G data connection you can get currently.
In some regions, HSPA+ is marketed as 3.75G or 4G (3G in nature actually). The typical speed of HSPA+ network is about 10-20 Mbits.
4G LTE mobile data connection icon
These two Galaxy S10 status icons indicate 4G LTE network connection is used on your Galaxy S10. You should see only one of them depending on your region and carrier.
LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and LTE+ are usually called 4G in most regions.
Unlike 3G, HSPA, and HSPA+, the frequency (band) of 4G LTE in different regions (and different carriers) differs dramatically. When you travel to other areas, you may find your Galaxy S10 is limited to 3G or HSPA or HSPA+ network. This is normal because the radio frequency used in that region for LTE may be not activated in your Galaxy S10.
Although the Galaxy S10 supports all LTE bands, in each region, some bands were disabled in the firmware. So, you should buy Galaxy S10 for your region
SIM card toolkit icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates some value-added services of the SIM card were enabled.
The SIM card toolkits depend on individual carriers.
Preferred SIM card icon (only in a few regions)
When you use two SIM cards in the dual-SIM version of Galaxy S10, you have the option to set a preferred SIM card for outgoing calls in Settings — Connections — SIM card manager — Calls.
If you set the preferred SIM card as SIM card 1, the SIM card icon with number 1 will be shown in Galaxy S9 status bar. If you set it to SIM card 2, the icon will have the number of 2. If you set it as Ask always (i.e., no preferred SIM card), the first icon shown above will be used in the status bar.
Data saver icon
You will see this Galaxy S10 status icon if you enable data saver in Settings — Connections —Data usage — Data saver.
The icon is different from the date saver icon in stock Android. Samsung started to use this data saver icon in Android Oreo update.
2. Meaning of phone calls and sound related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in this section are related to phone calls and sound mode settings in Galaxy S10.
Calling in progress icon
You will see this Galaxy S10 notification icon before and after you accept the call.
Missed call notification icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon tells you there is a missed call.
You can check the caller info through the corresponding notification in Galaxy S10 notification panel. You can also find the detailed info on the missed calls in the history panel of the Phone app on Galaxy S10.
Call forwarding icon
The call forwarding status icon indicates phone calls to the SIM card are currently diverted/forwarded to other numbers or voicemail.
You can set call forwarding in Galaxy S10 Phone app. Alternatively, you can set up call forwarding through your carrier’s support directly.
Call forwarding is a carrier mobile network feature. Although the service itself may be free in most carriers, your carrier will charge the airtime for the forwarding.
Call on-hold icon
You can place the current call on hold and accept another call. Thus you can talk to the first caller after you finish the second call.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon reminds you of the existence of an on-hold call.
You also need to use call on hold feature when you initiate a conference call.
Please note, some carriers may not support this feature.
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates the phone will use the VoLTE for voice calls.
VoLTE (voice calls through 4G LTE work connections) is a carrier-dependent feature. It usually offers better voice quality and faster connecting.
By default, VoLTE is enabled in Galaxy S10 if your carrier supports it. Normally, you should not disable it. But if you want, you can disable or enable it in Settings — Connections — Mobile networks — VoLTE calls.
There is also a VoLTE button for you to quickly enable or disable VoLTE calls in Galaxy S10 quick setting panel.
Do not disturb icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates you set the phone in do not disturb (DoD) mode.
In the DnD mode, you will get very limited distractions from Galaxy S10. Most notifications and calls will not disturb you.
You can instantly enable or disable do not disturb mode using the button in Galaxy S10 quick settings panel.
Microphone muted icon
During a call, you may occasionally want to mute the microphone. Once the microphone is muted during a call, you will see this Galaxy S10 notification icon in the status bar.
In some regions, this button was removed in Galaxy S10, and therefore you have to check the mute button in the Phone app to determine the status of the microphone.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon notifies you about the new voicemail messages.
In most regions, you can tap and hold button 1 in the dialer of the Phone app to access your voicemail box to check the new messages. A few carriers may ask you to dial a special code to access voicemail box.
Unlike SMS messages, voicemail messages are NOT saved on Galaxy S10. They are saved on your carrier’s server. Most carriers only allow a certain number of messages in the voicemail box.
You will see the alarm icon on Galaxy S10 if there is one or more alarm in the future.
You can find and manage all alarms in the Clock app, by default.
Mute mode (silent mode) icon
Galaxy S10 has three sound modes:
- Sound mode
- Vibrate mode
- Silent mode (mute mode)
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates Galaxy S10 is in silent mode: no sounds and no vibrates for all calls and notifications.
In Galaxy S10 silent mode, you can still play media files and listen to music.
You can change the sound mode in Settings — Sounds and vibration — Sound mode.
Vibrate mode icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates that your Galaxy S10 is in vibrate mode.
When you get calls and notifications, Galaxy S10 will not play the ringtones or notifications sounds. Instead, Galaxy S10 may vibrate depending on other settings.
Separate app sound icon
When you connect any external speakers or audio output devices to Galaxy S10, the sound of each app can then be routed to different sound devices.
The Galaxy S10 separate app sound icon indicates you set up separate app sound for at least one app and it is active now.
You can set up Galaxy S10 separate app sound in Settings — Sounds and vibration — Separate app sound.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon shows when a wired headset is detected.
3. Meaning of WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
The following Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons are related to WiFi network, Bluetooth and NFC connections in Galaxy S10.
WiFi in the range icon
You will see this Galaxy S10 status icon if:
- WiFi is turned on; and
- There are one or more WiFi access points in the range; and
- You are not connected to any of these WiFi access points.
The WiFi in range icon usually indicates there are some unknown WiFi networks. You can open the WiFi settings to scan the available networks.
WiFi no internet connection icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates the phone is connected to a wireless network. But there is no internet connection.
Usually, the problem lies on the router, not on Galaxy S10.
WiFi connected icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates Galaxy S10 is successfully connected to a WiFi access point.
If there are any data transfers, the two arrows should flash/animate.
Smart network switch icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates you enabled the smart network switch in Galaxy S9 or S9+.
Occasionally, WiFi network connection may be not stable, and the connection becomes too slow.
But by default, the mobile data connection will not be used because WiFi is connected. In this case, you have to turn off WiFi to use the mobile data connection.
Smart network switch allows you to switch to the mobile data connection automatically when the WiFi connection is unstable or too slow.
By default, the smart network switch is not turned on. You can turn it on/off in Settings — Connections —WiFi — menu (3 vertical dots)–Advanced —Switch to mobile data.
WiFi Extender (WiFi sharing) icon
Galaxy S10 allows you to share WiFi connections with other devices. This Galaxy S10 status icon will appear when you share WiFi connections.
WiFi sharing can be enabled in Settings — Connections — Mobile hotspot and tethering — Mobile hotspot — WiFi Sharing.
When you enable hotspot to share your mobile data connections from your Galaxy S10, you may see one of the Galaxy S10 status icons depending on your region and carrier.
In some regions, the notification icon can be different.
A few carriers may also disable hotspot features in their versions of Galaxy S10.
USB tethering icon
You will see this USB tethering icon when you share the mobile data connection through a USB cable.
In some regions, the color of the icon is inverted.
VPN connection icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates Galaxy S10 is connected to a VPN service.
You will see this Galaxy S10 status icon when you enable Bluetooth or connect to Bluetooth accessories.
The color of the icon may change depending on the status of Bluetooth (enabled or connected).
This Galaxy S10 status icon appears when you enable NFC.
In most regions, the NFC icon is not shown even if NFC is enabled. This is normal.
Some Galaxy S10 accessories may depend on NFC. For example, the LED back cover needs the NFC to draw power from the phone.
4. Meaning of USB related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
The Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in this section are related to USB connections in Galaxy S9 and S9+.
The USB-C port in the bottom of Galaxy S10 (see Galaxy S10 layout) is often referred to as a multipurpose port. You can charge Galaxy S10 battery through the port. You can also connect many USB accessories to it. You can also connect Galaxy S10 to a PC or other devices with a USB cable (for example, you can use SmartSwitch to transfer data from other phones to Galaxy S10, or use Samsung DeX).
USB data connection or USB OTG connection icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon appears when you transfer data from or to the phone through USB.
Sometimes, when you connect a USB OTG device through a micro USB adapter, this icon may also appear in the status bar.
USB OTG power failure icon
When you connect an unpowered device to the USB port, Galaxy S10 will power it up and connect to it.
But if Galaxy S1o fails to power it up for whatever reasons, this Galaxy S10 notification icon appears.
You may try to reconnect the device or accessory again. Some accessories may require an external power source.
USB OTG unknown failure icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates there are some unknown failures when trying to connect to a USB device.
USB Ethernet icon
You can use a USB-C to Ethernet adapter to connect Galaxy S10 to a wired network.
When Galaxy S10 is connected to a wired network, you will see this Galaxy S10 notification icon on the Galaxy S10 status bar.
At the same time, you should see the Ethernet status icon (the second one) on the right side of the status bar.
5. Meaning of battery-related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in this section are related to Galaxy S10 battery.
Battery level icon
The battery level icon gives you quick info on the battery capacity left so that you can know when to charge the battery.
By default, the exact percentage of the reading is not shown on Galaxy S10 status bar. You can enable it in Settings — Notifications — Status bar — Show battery percentage, as explained in this guide.
Battery charging icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates you are charging the Galaxy S10 battery. You can charge it through a USB cable or using a wireless charging pad as explained in this guide.
Battery problem icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon tells you that there are some unknown problems with the battery.
You can try to connect the phone to a charger or reboot the phone to see whether the icon is gone.
If the status icon appears for a long time, and you cannot get the normal battery icons, you may try to back up your data and send the phone for repair/check.
Moisture detected icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates an abnormal level of moisture is detected in the USB port.
When this icon appears, you cannot charge the Galaxy S10 battery through the USB port. You have to charge the battery with a wireless charging pad.
The moisture detected problem has nothing to do with waterproofing. The moisture sensor is in the part that is allowed to contact with water. The icon only reminds you that the exterior part of the USB port has a higher-than-expected moisture buildup.
In some cases, the moisture problem can be caused by the weather or an oversensitive moisture sensor.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon does not say anything about what happened inside the phone.
Please refer to this guide on how to solve the moisture problem in Galaxy S10.
6. Meaning of system services related Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in this section are related to system services or components, for example, storage, sync, and location services.
System error icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates there are some severe system errors.
You should try to back up your data as early as possible if you see this icon.
You may try to reboot the phone and/or clear the cache partition to see whether the icon disappears.
It is better to visit local Samsung service center to check Galaxy S10 if you consistently get this status icon.
Disk full icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon tells you that you are out of internal storage in Galaxy S10.
The performance of Galaxy S10 will degrade when you see this status icon.
You should clean up some files to free up the internal storage space. If you are using a micro SD card, you may move some files to the SD card.
You can check storage usage in the My Files app. Device care can help you to clear some unnecessary files.
Location service icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon appears when location service is accessed by an app.
You probably should not disable location service because many apps rely on it.
System certificate info icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates some certificate info problems, or some actions are required.
You may check the notification in Galaxy S10 notification panel.
Lock screen settings icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon reminds you that some actions are required for Galaxy S10 lock screen settings.
You may check this Galaxy S10 lock screen guide on how to use and customize the Galaxy S10 lock screen.
Car mode icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon is available in selected regions. It indicates Galaxy S10 is in the driving mode.
By default, car mode is not pre-installed in Galaxy S10. You need to install it in Galaxy Store.
Sync error icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates some errors were encountered when syncing the data to the server.
The problem can be caused by the remote server, or internet connection, or the phone.
If you get this status icon frequently, it is better to check the sync details of each account in Settings —Cloud and accounts — Accounts.
This Galaxy S10 status icon appears when data are being synced. The icon may be animated as well.
It is essential to back up any critical data in Galaxy S10. You can back up most of the data to the Samsung cloud. Photos can be automatically backed up to Google Drive if you enable it in Google Photos app.
SD card in preparation icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates the micro SD card is not ready yet.
Galaxy S10 supports a micro SD card up to 512GB. You need to put the micro SD card in slot 2 of the SIM card tray as explained in this guide.
Micro SD card icon
The micro SD card icon indicates the micro SD card is present and ready for use on Galaxy S10.
In some regions, this Galaxy S10 status icon only appears briefly after the SD card is ready.
Micro SD card error icon
This Galaxy S10 status icon indicates there are some errors with the micro SD card.
Smart view icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates the smart view is active.
Samsung Smart View is an app bridging Samsung phones and Samsung TVs so that you can easily cast contents on Galaxy S10 to the TV. But it only works with Samsung TVs.
When you download a file, you will see the animated version of this Galaxy S10 notification icon.
Once you finish the download, the icon will not animate.
By default, the downloaded files are saved in the Downloads folder in the phone storage.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates uploading operations, i.e., transferring files from Galaxy S10 to other devices or the internet.
Multi Window icon
When you are using apps in the Multi Window mode (split screen view), the Recents button in the navigation bar should change to Multi Window button.
Please check Galaxy S10 Multi Window guide (coming soon) on details and usages of Multi Window (split screen view, pop-up view, snap window) on Galaxy S10.
Secure Folder icon
Galaxy S10 secure folder allows you to run one additional private copy of any apps. You can hide apps and private files in a secure folder as well.
Please check this guide on how to use the secure folder on Galaxy S10, Galaxy S9, and S8.
7. Meaning of messages related to Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons
Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons in this section are related to messages: text messages, chats, and emails.
Text messages icon
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates there are one or more new text messages.
In most regions, MMS uses the same icon for the notification.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon is used in a few regions.
This Galaxy S10 notification icon indicates you have some new emails in the Gmail app.
You can set up some non-Google email accounts in Gmail app. So this Galaxy S10 notification icon does not necessarily mean new emails in a Gmail account, rather it means there are some new emails in the Gmail app.
This Galaxy S10 preloads the Samsung Email app. This Galaxy S10 notification icon notifies you that there are some new emails in the Samsung Email app.
More notifications icon
The Galaxy S10 status bar has limited space. When there are too many notifications, some notification icons have to be hidden temporally so that the latest icons can be shown.
When there are any hidden notification icons, you will see this Galaxy S10 notification icon.
If you want, you can limit the notifications icons to 3 in the status bar, or even disable notification icons in the Galaxy S10 status bar.
Dual Messenger icon
Galaxy S10 dual messenger allows you to have two accounts of the supported messenger apps (e.g., WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Telegram, Viber…) and Facebook accounts in Galaxy S10.
You can use these two messenger accounts simultaneously on Galaxy S10. You can even use these two accounts side-by-side in the Multi Window mode.
Why do I have a few other Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons that are not listed on this page?
First, this page is not an exhaust list of all Galaxy S10 status icons and notification icons. Instead, we can only include the frequently encountered status icons and notification icons on Galaxy S10.
Besides, in some regions, a few status icons in Galaxy S10 may be different for historical reasons.
Third, we only include system app notification icons here. For third-party apps, the individual app developer can use whatever they like as notification icons.
If you encounter any unknown icons on the left side of the Galaxy S10 status bar, you may check the Galaxy S10 notification panel. Icons on the lefts side are generally notification icons, and there are usually corresponding notification messages in the notification panel.
Anyway, you can share the screenshot with the unknown icons on our Facebook page so that the community can help you identify them.
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