What are the Windows Phone 8 icons on my Nokia Lumia 520?

The Nokia Lumia 520 is proving to be a hugely popular device with first-time smartphone users. This cheap device is backed by the easy-to-use Windows Phone 8 operating system but getting accustomed to the icons on the screen can take a little time. Here we take a look at what they mean, helping answer the question: What are the icons on my Nokia Lumia 520?

The Nokia Lumia 520 is a great all-round smartphone with a price of around £100, making it the ideal choice for anyone looking for their first foray into smartphone land. The 4-inch touchscreen display is big and bright, while the Windows Phone 8 operating system is quick and responsive.

Check out our Nokia Lumia 520 essential user guide

The bar at the top of the screen on your Nokia Lumia 520 tells you the current time, battery and signal strength, and much more. If you’re curious as to what they seem – some seem fairly obvious while others can be best described as ‘confusing’ then you’ve come to the right place.

signal strength icon – Signal strength

battery half full icon – Battery power level

charging icon – The battery is charging.

battery save mode icon – Battery saver mode is switched on.

call forwarding icon – Your calls are forwarded to another number or your voice mailbox.

SIM card missing icon – There is no SIM card in your phone.

SIM card locked icon – Your SIM card is locked.

Bluetooth icon – A Bluetooth device is connected to your phone.

no Wi-Fi connection icon – A Wi-Fi connection is available.

active Wi-Fi connection icon – A Wi-Fi connection is active.

location icon – An app or service is using your location info.

roaming icon – Your phone is roaming and not on your home mobile network.

vibrate mode icon – Vibrate mode is switched on.

flight mode icon – Flight mode is switched on.

silent mode icon – Silent mode is switched on.

The Nokia Lumia 520 doesn’t support 4G so you won’t find that being an issue on your smartphone. However, being aware of the various data connection symbols may well help you define if you’re getting the best connection or not.

GPRS icon Stands for GPRS, or to give it its full title: General Packet Radio Service. This is the base level of data-capable mobile networks, and in this context it generally refers to what we know as 2G. In other words, email and light tasks should be fine, but hold the video.
EDGE icon Means EDGE, which stands for Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution. This is an improved take on 2G, but is still pre-3G, so people sometimes call it 2.5G or 2.75G. Fine for most internet-based tasks, but response might not be instantaneous – especially with data-heavy tasks.
3G icon Now we’re talking – 3G is the third generation of mobile network, allowing the kind of data-rich smartphone applications we have today. If you’ve got a decent 3G connection, you should notice a big improvement in mobile browsing speeds.
HSDA/HSUPA icon H is short for HSDPA, or High-Speed Downlink Packet Access. This is actually faster than 3G, and is currently the fastest network connection we can get in the UK until 4G arrives. Often dubbed 3.5G, HSDPA can stream HD video with relative ease.

Is there an icon on your Nokia Lumia 520 that you’re confused by but we’ve not covered off? Let us know and we’ll do our best to answer.

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  • Jenn Andrews

    At the top under the Wi-Fi symbol it says “phone off” what does this mean?

  • Mikey_Bee
  • pnwillis

    I have a icon top left beside the wifi its square with lines in it how do I get rid of it

  • Mikey_Bee

    That’s notifications. Swipe down on the screen and you’ll see Action Centre appear. It let’s you know you have messages.

  • Panacea Consultancy

    There is a square with lines, its not an envelope, just a square near the range and Wi-Fi symbol at top left corner. What it signifies?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Glad to be of help!

  • Wendy

    Ok, thank you very much. :)

  • Mikey_Bee

    Nip into Settings>Lockscreen and you’ll see which apps are linked to your Lockscreen.

  • Mikey_Bee

    It means your phone is sending data using WiFi, such as backing up details or photos to OneDrive. One it’s done it will disappear.

  • Mikey_Bee

    It means that data is being sent using WiFi, once the data has been sent the arrow will disappear. Check out our guide: http://www.noknok.tv/2014/08/18/data-symbols-for-windows-phone-8-1-on-nokia-lumia-explained/

  • Mandy Matthews

    What is the small arrow above wifi symbol mean and how do I get rid of it. on wifi says secure and tried resetting my phone but still the same.

  • Simon

    Anyone know how to turn off the Vibrate mode on the Nokia Lumia 520?

  • Mikey_Bee

    Glad we could be of help :)

  • Norrie Johnstone

    Mikey_Bee. Problem sorted, many thanks for your help

  • Mikey_Bee

    That tends to be the icon for Hotmail. Do you need to sign in again or check the mail box?

  • Norrie Johnstone

    Nokia 520 Lumia. A small symbol has appeared at the bottom left corner of the screen. Looks like a envelope with a line through it