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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hankw, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Hankw

    Hankw Lurker
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    I have noticed one maybe two small white dots in the top notification bar. Was seen after starting BitDefender VPN and would like to know WTF these mean. Thanks. Galaxy S8.... DOTS.jpg

     


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    Post #7 by ocnbrze, Mar 16, 2020 (3 points)

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  3. Hankw

    Hankw Lurker
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    I have noticed one maybe two small white dots in the top notification bar. Was seen after starting BitDefender VPN and would like to know WTF these mean. Thanks. Galaxy S8.... DOTS.jpg
     
  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    The key icon is the common VPN is active icon but no clue as to what that dot icon is for. If you disable the BitDefender VPN sevice, since there's that 'B' icon next to each, do one or both of those two icons go away?
     
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  5. Hankw

    Hankw Lurker
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    At idle, the SS shows the B for BD is working message and the key is understood. Thanks for the shout. DOTS - 2.jpg
     
  6. J_Hansen

    J_Hansen Well-Known Member

    Nothing to worry about, we all have those
     
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  7. Hankw

    Hankw Lurker
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    While it is NOT to "worry about", it is an indication of a process or function that would be nice to know about. Now, put your head back in the sand and be happy....
     
  8. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    what does it show when you drag the notification bar down? does it show the dot as well?
     
  9. Hankw

    Hankw Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I appreciate the reply's, and I'll add additional info when the dots re-appear... It may be an "nsa dot :) " , then I'll have to pass out LEAD SANDWICHES............
     
  10. puppykickr

    puppykickr Android Expert

    If my guess it right, it just means that there are other notifications that are less important than the ones that are showing in your status bar.

    There are notifications for other apps, but the notifications that are on your status bar now are currently considered more important.

    So the dots appear to let you know that there are more notifications that you can't readilly see.

    Anyway, if it bothers you, there is a selection available for each app's notifications- Allow notification Dot- that you can turn off.
     
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  11. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    ^this.

    When there are too many notifications to fit it puts a dot or dots to show that there are extra notifications. Unfortunately it does this before you actually run out of space because the system is designed to accommodate phones with notches. If you had pulled the notification slide down you'd have seen the extra notifications.

    It's been this way since Android 8. No tinfoil required.
     
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  12. Dannydet

    Dannydet Extreme Android User

    Hadron is spot - on, as I get these dots also. Nothing to worry about and stop being rude on the forums as moderators will monitor your posts....
     

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