Apple Watch Icons And Their Meanings For New Users

Dhir Acharya - Mar 03, 2021

Apple Watch Icons And Their Meanings For New Users

If you don't remember the meanings of Apple Watch Icons, this post is for you. We will explain each icon and include its image for easy finding.

The Apple Watch is the most popular smartwatch brand in the world with new users every year. Therefore, there must be people wondering what the Apple Watch icons mean. With that in mind, we have compiled this post to help you fully understand every icon on the Apple Watch.

Apple Watch icons

Red Dot Symbol

When you see this icon on your Apple Watch, it means there are notifications you haven’t read. What you need to do is swiping down from the top of the screen to open the Notification Center to view the unread notifications. When you’re in an app, you can press and hold the top edge of the display then swipe down to open the Notification Center.

Apple Watch icons

Green flash icon

If this icon appears on the screen of your Apple Watch, it means your device is charging. When you place your watch on its charging dock, you should check if this icon shows up to make sure the power is coming in.

Apple Watch icons

Red flash icon

The red flash on your Watch Series device shows that the smartwatch battery is running out of juice. In this case, you need to recharge the device. However, if you see this icon more than usual, you should troubleshoot the problem and try different ways to improve the battery life.

Apple Watch icons

Lock icon

While the devices have small screens, Apple manages to stack a lot of icons on Apple Watch, each of which has its own meaning. The next one is the lock icon, which appears when the device is locked with a passcode.

If you take the watch off your wrist, it will be locked automatically unless you disabled the wrist detection feature. Otherwise, you can lock the device through the Control Center. To unlock the watch, just enter the passcode.

Apple Watch icons

Water symbol

Among all the Apple Watch icons, this one only appears in the Watch Series 2 and newer models. You will see this symbol when the Water Lock mode is enabled from the Control Center. This mode prevents the device from responding to touches to avoid accidental touches due to being exposed to water.

To turn off this mode, you need to rotate the Digital Brown until you hear a series of beeps, which helps push water out of the speakers.

Apple Watch icons

Moon icon

Actually, this icon shows that the Do Not Disturb mode is on. As long as this mode is enabled, all calls and alerts won’t make a sound or light up the display, except for your alarms.

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Plane symbol

This is one of the Apple Watch 3 icons, but it’s also common on other Watch Series models. You cannot access any wireless features of the watch.

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Mask icon

This icon represents the Theater Mode and shows up when the mode is enabled. During this time, the display of the watch will not light up when there are new notifications and the Always-on Display feature is off.

The mode is designed for use in movie theaters to help users avoid distraction but it’s also useful if you wear the watch while sleeping.

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Running man icon

You will see this icon when you are working out. If you tap on it, you will be taken to the workout training screen to pause or end the workout.

Apple Watch icons

Red X icon

When this icon appears on your Apple Watch screen, it means the cellular and GPS connection is not available.

Apple Watch icons

Red phone slash icon

This icon shows that your Apple Watch is disconnected from its accompanying iPhone. You can move the devices closer to each other, restart the watch, or turn off the Airplane Mode.

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Green phone icon

Continuing the list of Apple Watch icons, this one has an opposite meaning to the one above. It says that your Apple Watch is connected to your iPhone.

Apple Watch icons

Pointer icon

You will see this icon on the screen of your Apple Watch if an application is using or has used your location on the device. It’s worth noting that this icon also shows up when you are using a watch face that requires access to your location to provide info like weather details.

Apple Watch icons

WiFi icon

If the Apple Watch is connected to WiFi, this icon will appear.

Apple Watch icons

Wireless Activity icon

This icon means an active process is taking place or a wireless activity is happening.

Apple Watch icons

Mic icon

What do the Apple Watch icons mean? While some symbols are harder to understand, some are easy to figure out, like this Mic icon. Coming with watchOS 7, this orange icon shows up when the device is listening to audio. It will pop up when you record a memo, talking to Siri, or when the watch is using the mic for other features like Walkie-Talkie and handwash detection.

Apple Watch icons

Four green dots

This is the LTE icon, which appears on the screen when you are using a cellular Apple Watch. It indicates the signal strength.

Apple Watch icons

Now Playing icon

This one appears when you are playing music on the Apple Watch or iPhone. To control media playback, you just need to tap on this icon.

Apple Watch icons

Call icon

Either on the Apple Watch or the iPhone, if you are on a phone call, this icon will appear. To open the call screen, just tap the icon.

Apple Watch icons

Maps icon

The Maps icon shows up on the screen of the watch if you are using Apple Maps to get directions.

Apple Watch icons

Navigation icon

You will see this icon on the watch screen, it means a third-party maps application is giving direction on the device.

Apple Watch icons

Walkie-Talkie icon

This icon appears when the Walkie Talkie mode is turned on, which means your contact can reach you through Walkie Talkie.

How to change icons on Apple Watch

Yes, you can change the positions of the icon on your Apple Watch, and it takes only a few simple steps.

Method 1: Using the Apple Watch

  • Step 1: Go to Home Screen by pressing the Digital Crown. If the icons are in list view, go to the Settings app and tap View > Grid View.
  • Step 2: Press on the Digital Crown then long-press an app until it jiggles. Next, drag it to a new desired location.
  • Step 3: Once you’re done rearranging the icons, press the Digital Crown.

Method 2: Using the iPhone

On your iPhone, that’s connected to the Apple Watch whose icons you want to rearranges, open the Apple Watch app. Then, tap on My Watch > App View > Arrangement. Finally, long-press an app icon and drag it anywhere you like on the screen.

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