1. buzzshipman's Avatar
    Hi I had a strange staus bar icon show up recently. It happened really fast and was only on for a few seconds and would then disappear. I have included 2 pictures I was able to get of it. Can anyone help out with what this is.

    Thanks
    KevinStrange icon in status bar-img_8555.jpgStrange icon in status bar-img_8553.jpg
    06-20-2019 02:54 PM
  2. Tartarus's Avatar
    It means some app was actively using your location services.
    Most likely a navigation app like Maps, Google Maps or some other app.
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    06-20-2019 02:56 PM
  3. buzzshipman's Avatar
    I meant the blue oval icon.
    06-21-2019 12:25 AM
  4. Tartarus's Avatar
    I meant the blue oval icon.
    Yeah. That’s what that means.
    06-21-2019 08:56 AM
  5. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    In my years of iOS I've never seen that blue icon. May be app related.

    However, the solid white arrow means your phones GPS is currently active. A hollow arrow icon (just a white outline) indicates GPS was used recently.
    06-21-2019 09:09 AM
  6. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    I've never seen it before either. I wonder if this is something new with iOS 13, but the OP obviously posted this in the iOS 12 forum so probably not.
    06-21-2019 09:43 AM
  7. Tartarus's Avatar
    I’ve seen it happen on iOS 13.
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    06-21-2019 09:46 AM
  8. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Whatever it is, it looks ugly!
    Annie_8plus and xanadome like this.
    06-21-2019 10:52 AM
  9. TgeekB's Avatar
    Whatever it is, it looks ugly!
    Haha. They’re adding color, common!
    06-23-2019 06:12 AM
  10. doogald's Avatar
    It would be weird for it to be another location icon, since there is already one there, right between the WiFi and battery info.

    Blue background means either screen mirroring, your phone is providing a personal hotspot to another device, or an app is providing location actively (such as Google Maps or Waze running in the background, actively doing route guidance.) See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207354

    So, was your phone doing one of those things?
    06-24-2019 10:37 AM
  11. Tartarus's Avatar
    It would be weird for it to be another location icon, since there is already one there, right between the WiFi and battery info.

    Blue background means either screen mirroring, your phone is providing a personal hotspot to another device, or an app is providing location actively (such as Google Maps or Waze running in the background, actively doing route guidance.) See https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207354

    So, was your phone doing one of those things?
    Nope, it really means a navigation app is currently active on the background. The arrow near the battery indicator is only there to show you an app is / has been using your location for other purposes.
    06-24-2019 11:17 AM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Nope, it really means a navigation app is currently active on the background. The arrow near the battery indicator is only there to show you an app is / has been using your location for other purposes.
    Sure is awfully big and gaudy looking.
    06-24-2019 08:02 PM

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