The Apple Watch is a very feature-rich smartwatch. It can act as your bedside clock, show you notifications, take an ECG, and so much more. All of that’s good, and yet, with so much power comes a lot of complexity. Now, fortunately, Apple has done a really great job at making the Apple Watch an easy to understand and use device. However, watchOS 6 does have a lot of symbols and icons that can be very confusing. For example, what is that red dot on the top of the screen? What’s the weird four green dots?
Well, today we solve all of that. Here is a complete guide to every single Apple Watch icon and status symbol you’ll see in watchOS 6.
Apple Watch Icon Meanings
|Apple Watch Icon||Apple Watch Icon Name||Apple Watch Icon Meaning|
|Red Dot Icon||You have an unread notification|
|Walkie Talkie Icon||Walkie Talkie is enabled and your contacts can reach you via Walkie Talkie|
|Third Party Navigation Icon||Appears when a third party app is providing navigation|
|Maps Icon||Appears when Apple Maps is giving directions|
|Call Icon||Active phone call on Apple Watch or on the paired iPhone|
|Now Playing Icon||Media playback. Tap on this to control playback and change volume|
|LTE Icon (Four Green Dots)||Shows the signal strength on Apple Watch (GPS + Cellular) models.|
|Mic Icon||Audio is being recorded in the background|
|Activity Progress Icon||Shows that a wireless activity is in progress, or an active process is happening.|
|WiFi Icon||Appears when Apple Watch is connected to WiFi|
|Location Indicator||An app or watch face is accessing your location|
|Green iPhone Icon||Paired iPhone is within range and connected to Apple Watch|
|Red iPhone Icon||Paired iPhone is disconnected from Apple Watch.
Bring devices closer.
Turn off Airplane Mode (if on)
Restart your watch
|Red Cross Icon||No cellular network. This only shows up on cellular Apple Watch.|
|Workout Icon (Running Man)||Active workout in progress. Tap on this to go to the workout screen in order to pause or end the workout, or see more details.|
|Theater Mode Icon||Theater Mode is enabled.
Apple Watch screen doesn't light up when you receive notifications; Always on Display is off.
|Airplane Mode Icon||Watch is in airplane mode|
|Do Not Disturb Icon||Watch is in DND mode|
|Water Drop Icon||Watch is in 'Water Lock' mode. The screen doesn't respond to touches in this mode.
Rotate the Digital Crown to resume normal watch operation.
|Lock||Apple Watch is locked by a passcode|
|Red Flash (Lightning Bolt) Icon||Apple Watch battery is low|
|Green Flash (Lightning Bolt) Icon||Apple Watch is charging|
|Cellular Icon (Personal Hotspot Icon)||Enable or disable LTE|
|WiFi Icon (Control Center)||Toggles WiFi on/off|
|Ping iPhone Icon||Tap to make iPhone beep.
Long press to make iPhone beep and flash the LED.
|Battery Percentage Icon||Shows remaining battery. Tap to put watch in Power Reserve mode.|
|Bell Icon||Toggles Silent and Normal modes|
|Flashlight||Turn on flashlight or strobe light|
|AirPlay Icon||Choose audio output for Apple Watch media|
Always Know What Your Watch Is Telling You
Now that you know the meaning of all the Apple Watch icons in watchOS 6, the next time you see one of these pop up on your screen, you will know exactly what it means and what you should (or can) do about it. In some cases, you can actually disable the icons as well if they are too annoying to you. For example, you can disable the red dot icon in Apple Watch.
So, how many of these icons did you know about? Let me know in the comments.