Status icons and symbols on Apple Watch

Learn about the icons and buttons that you might see at the top of your Apple Watch and in Control Center.

green lightning bolt   

Your Apple Watch is charging.

airplane icon  

Airplane Mode is on. Wireless features are off until you turn this setting off. You can still use other features on your watch. When you turn Airplane Mode off on your watch, Airplane Mode stays turned on for your iPhone.

moon icon   

Do Not Disturb is on. Calls and alerts won’t ring or light up the screen until you turn this setting off. Alarms will still sound. If you've set up another Focus on your iPhone — such as a Focus for when you're working — that icon appears here when the Focus is active.

Theater Mode icon

Theater Mode, or Theatre Mode, is on. Silent Mode is also on, and the screen stays dark until you tap the screen, press a button, or turn the Digital Crown. This mode also keeps the screen dark even when you use the Always On feature. To turn Theater Mode off, open Control Center and tap the icon.

wi-fi icon

When your Apple Watch connects to a Wi-Fi network instead of your iPhone, the Wi-Fi icon  appears in the Control Center.

Your Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular is connected to a cellular network. The number of bars indicates signal strength. 

Your Apple Watch isn't connected to your iPhone. Move your devices closer together or turn off Airplane Mode.

red x icon

Your Apple Watch with GPS + Cellular has lost connection to the cellular network.


Water Lock is on, and the screen won't respond to taps. Turn the Digital Crown to unlock your Apple Watch. The water drop icon appears only on Apple Watch Series 2 or later and Apple Watch SE. Apple Watch Series 1 and Apple Watch (1st generation) aren't suitable for swimming. Learn about water resistance on your Apple Watch.

You received a notification. Swipe down on the watch face to read it.

Arrow icon

An app on your Apple Watch has used location services. 

Lock icon

Your Apple Watch is locked. Tap to enter the passcode.

Bed time icon

Your Apple Watch is in Sleep mode. To exit Sleep mode, swipe up to the Control Center and tap the Sleep icon. If you've set up another Focus on your iPhone — such as a Focus for when you're working — that icon appears here when the Focus is active.

Icons for active apps

With watchOS 5 and later, your Apple Watch shows active apps, like Walkie-Talkie Walkie Talkie app icon or Phone , at the top of your watch face. Tap the icon to open the app. For example, if you're getting directions in Maps Maps icon , the icon will appear at the top of the screen. 


This appears when you use Workout. If you still see the Workout icon  after you end your workout, restart your watch.

Tap to open Walkie-Talkie, where you can get in touch with friends instantly. 


Now Playing icon

While audio plays, the Now Playing icon  appears at the top of the screen.


This appears when you navigate with a third-party app. If you still see the navigation icon  after you end your navigation, restart your watch.

With watchOS 7 and later, the microphone icon  means your Apple Watch mic is listening. It appears when you're talking to Siri, recording a voice memo, or using any app that activates the microphone, such as Handwashing or Walkie-Talkie.

If you're trying to pair your Apple Watch and iPhone again and the Apple Watch app on your iPhone asks you to tap the Info button , you need to connect your devices again. Manually pairing won't connect your devices again. 

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