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Old June 3rd, 2011, 05:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question G2 top status icon indicators explained ?

Hi guys I received my Samsung Galaxy S2 today (optus australia brand but bought outright from allphones.com.au) looking through manual and guide there's no specific explanation of the top screen status icons ? particularly the triangle to the left corner and the 3G icon which sometimes changes to up/down arrows ?

Also when I am connected to wifi - how do I tell if my internet browsing/internet session is going through wifi and not 3G ?

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http://org.downloadcenter.samsung.com/downloadfile/ContentsFile.aspx?CDSite=UNI_UK&CttFileID=3989016& CDCttType=UM&ModelType=N&ModelName=GT-I9100&VPath=UM/201105/20110531161914026/GT-I9100_UM_EU_Eng_Rev.1.2_110526_Screen.pdf
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3G means UMTS connection, mine flicks to and from H which is HSDPA to H+ which is HSPA+ (the fastest) and 3G, 3G umts is kinda slow but when it hits G which is GPRS or E which is EDGE then the connection is really crap. Depends on what network you have in your area.

Up down arrows mean uploading or downloading data.

as for wifi connection, the easiest way to tell is that it will be way faster, it should automatically use the strongest connection, but if you just want wifi with no 3G then turn on data network mode. press and hold the power button just like you were going to turn off the device and select data network mode from the menu that pops up. Also a good way to save on battery.

Not sure what triangle you are talking about, do you mean the bluetooth symbol?
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thanks guys for clearing it up

hilt, you mean for no 3G, turn off data network mode not turn on right ?
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Data network kills the internet connection, aeroplane mode kills phone calls/messages.
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thanks guys for clearing it up

hilt, you mean for no 3G, turn off data network mode not turn on right ?
No lol I mean turn it on (activate) this sets the phone to only receive wifi. Once you deactivate the network mode it opens the phone for 3g connection. I know it's a little misleading but if you think of wifi as a network like a LAN /WAN then it makes a little sense.
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Oh thanks for clearing that up
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Is there a way to have the phone set so that it can make calls txts but not connect to the internet? On the htc desire you have to physically select a connection be it wifi or 3g - by default the connection will be 3g which suits me as I don't have access to wifi anywhere I am
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You could probably make a fake, non-working APN for data and a separate working MMS-only APN so you can still text. Use the fake APN as your default, but keep your working internet APN so you can switch to it when you want a 3G connection.
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the triangle that ur talkn about ( on the top left ) is for the Power saver mode of the battery.
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Is there a way to have the phone set so that it can make calls txts but not connect to the internet? On the htc desire you have to physically select a connection be it wifi or 3g - by default the connection will be 3g which suits me as I don't have access to wifi anywhere I am
i think the paid version of juice defender can do that ??? not sure as i'm using free version

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the triangle that ur talkn about ( on the top left ) is for the Power saver mode of the battery.
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Is there a way to have the phone set so that it can make calls txts but not connect to the internet? On the htc desire you have to physically select a connection be it wifi or 3g - by default the connection will be 3g which suits me as I don't have access to wifi anywhere I am
Yeah, easy. Activate data network mode. Then using the top pull down menu. Unselect wifi.
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DOES any 1 know what the phone with zig zags symbol on top of galaxys2 screen means?
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DOES any 1 know what the phone with zig zags symbol on top of galaxys2 screen means?
That's the vibration mode.
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Can anyone tell me, on the vodafone network, what the two little briefcases in the top status icon area are? they are in the top left corner, one with a tick inside it, one with a down arrow. Im bit worried something is just endlessly downloading and im going to get charged insanely for it....
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I am not familiar with it, could you post a picture?
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Can anyone tell me, on the vodafone network, what the two little briefcases in the top status icon area are? they are in the top left corner, one with a tick inside it, one with a down arrow. Im bit worried something is just endlessly downloading and im going to get charged insanely for it....
that sounds like apps updating. the one with the tick is an auto updated app thats installed.. and the one with the downward arrow is to show that there are more apps that need to be updated
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Just like when you upload something to facebook, it has the fb logo and a tick. But I don't know the actual briefcase thing.
Do you have an app that looks like the briefcase?
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nope, its the market icon he's referring to. when an app is auto updated by the market, or the market shows that there are other apps that need to be updated, it shows the market icon (either which a check, or a downward arrow), which kinda looks like a briefcase i guess.. supposed to be more like a shopping bag though
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oh right, so if the shopping bag has a down arrow it means an app just needs updating?
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if u are on wifi, u do not need to switch off anything. your phone will automatically just use the wifi connection. your reception bar thing will be blacked out
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I'm a bit confused with this.... if I want to stop any internet activity I switch off the data mode (the second option from the right in the pull down menu).
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Hi,

I have a question that is related to this... I currently have 4 - 'Downloading Data' icons in the top left corner, but I have no idea what could be downloading. When I check the 'Active applications', it indicates there are none, i.e. 0.

Is there any way to check what is downloading or open? Or maybe what the process that is currently downloading?

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Hi,

I have a question that is related to this... I currently have 4 - 'Downloading Data' icons in the top left corner, but I have no idea what could be downloading. When I check the 'Active applications', it indicates there are none, i.e. 0.

Is there any way to check what is downloading or open? Or maybe what the process that is currently downloading?

Thanks in advance!
Yea. Place your thumb at the top of the screen and pull down.

You should see whats downloading there.
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That was it!! thanks so much.

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Hi all I live in Canada and I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 4G GT-I9100M with Virgin Mobile.

Just wondering why my phone is not connected to 4G.

My friend got the Samsung Galaxy S2 X with Bell or Rogers(can't remember) anyways while sitting down side by side we were trying to download the same app at the same and only then did I realize that his phone was connecting at 4G and mine wasn't. Could this be a setting on my phone. My phone is rooted and is Gingerbread v2.3.3 as far as I know I don't remember ever seeing a 4G icon on my phone even when I first got it and before I rooted it. However I do sometimes see a icon that is green and orange/red color.

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Hi, there is an icon that appeares on the upper right side of the screen that looks like two arrow circuling. can any one pls tell me what it is
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Hi, there is an icon that appeares on the upper right side of the screen that looks like two arrow circuling. can any one pls tell me what it is
Yea, that'll be the 'Syncronisying' symbol.

To check whats sync'ing... Menu > Settings > Accounts and sync. It should tell you here.

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Yea, that'll be the 'Syncronisying' symbol.

To check whats sync'ing... Menu > Settings > Accounts and sync. It should tell you here.

Thank you very much
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Hi...Iam a new user in this Forum and would like ti use this post to made my issue. I have a SGS" from AT&T unlocked, but I have trying to locate the way to show in the screen the icoms of 3G/4G. AT&T not include a full User Manual, which can include an explanation about this. Could someone help me in this matter?
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I read thru the thread and came to know that the applications have been successfully downloaded.
My interest is what are the bags doing in the left hand corner?
How can I remove them

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Hi all I live in Canada and I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 4G GT-I9100M with Virgin Mobile.

Just wondering why my phone is not connected to 4G.

My friend got the Samsung Galaxy S2 X with Bell or Rogers(can't remember) anyways while sitting down side by side we were trying to download the same app at the same and only then did I realize that his phone was connecting at 4G and mine wasn't. Could this be a setting on my phone. My phone is rooted and is Gingerbread v2.3.3 as far as I know I don't remember ever seeing a 4G icon on my phone even when I first got it and before I rooted it. However I do sometimes see a icon that is green and orange/red color.

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did you load at the same rate?? on roger you"ll see "4g" icon, but on bell since i"m not with them maybe on "h+" you have the same speed..you should compare with your friend...
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Default Please explain Galaxy S2 wireless icons

I have had my SIM-free GS2 for about 2 months and have only yet used it in my house with wireless access through my b/band wireless router. I have not yet inserted a SIM card

On my status bar from right to left I have:
24 hr time indication
battery level indicator

and then, possibly, two wireless indicators:
the first is up to 4 vertical bars
to the immediate left is a vertical fan with a dot at the bottom with (up to) 3 semi-circular bars above

I suspect the fan icon indicates the proximity/strength of wireless hotspot locations/access but what do the vertical bars indicate?

Sometimes I get 3 or 4 vertical bars when the fan icon is completely dead.
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Thanks to an earlier link to the GS2 pdf manual, I have since found definitions for all the status bar icons (depending on region/service provider) on pages 21 and 22 in the Getting Started section.

The (up to) 4 vertical bars indicates signal strength

The fan shaped icon indicates a WLAN connection though the bottom dot and up to 3 semi circular bars seen presumably indicates the connection strength.

Could the reason that I can have full signal strength and none or weak WLAN connection mean that the signal strength can also apply to other GS2 functions such as GPS and phone?

Any thoughts will be appreciated.
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On my galaxy s2 when the call connects, there's a wave bar with a line through it. What does it mean?
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