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    Hello AC,

    I noticed the past couple days that when I swipe down with 2 fingers from the top of my Nexus 5 screen, both my WiFi and cellular signal icons appear in orange rather than white. I've seen online that this indicates a bad connection to Google Services, even though my overall WiFi connection is perfectly fine. Speed tests are normal, the only performance issue I've noticed is my Facebook app now takes forever to update and when it finally does, pictures & videos don't show up. This may not be the only app experiencing problems but it's just one that I've noticed.

    The other strange thing is that I'm having the same exact issue on my Nexus 10 tablet running 4.4 Kit Kat. It leads me to believe there is an issue with Google services or my Google account and not the device, as I have 2 completely different devices having the same behavior. This has only been a problem for about the last 2 days or so. Has anyone else been experiencing this issue and/or have you found a solution for it? Any help would be much appreciated!
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    Had this happen. Really I found it indicates your wifi connection really is messed up. Have had to reconnect to my wifi and then the symbols under settings return to white.
    It really seems a problem the Nexus 5 has with WiFi. There is a massive thread on this under Google product support forums
    Some are suggesting it is a KitKat glitch. Others wonder if it is due to hardware.
    I'm hoping a software update will fix. Fingers crossed because it is a problem.

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    Thanks Newsman. As soon as you mentioned that, I went and rebooted my wireless router and voila - WiFi and cell icons are white again! I would say this is the best fix for this issue currently, so if anyone else out there has this happen to them...try a router reboot and that should solve it [we'll see for how long]. Let's hope for some sort of software patch for such an annoying bug!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKI_K2 View Post
    Thanks Newsman. As soon as you mentioned that, I went and rebooted my wireless router and voila - WiFi and cell icons are white again! I would say this is the best fix for this issue currently, so if anyone else out there has this happen to them...try a router reboot and that should solve it [we'll see for how long]. Let's hope for some sort of software patch for such an annoying bug!
    Also, toggling airplane mode off/on may help resolve the issue. If not, it's good to know that a router reboot will - thanks for sharing!
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    The one time I had this happen, I just rebooted the phone and it came back up properly. But, now that I read this thread, I guess I'll reboot the router, instead: a good early warning indicator for it (well, maybe not an "early" warning).
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    Unfortunately for me, rebooting the phone itself did not solve the problem. I even went as far as resetting it back to factory settings, which worked for about 5 seconds and then the icons turned orange again. Lesson learned - check the forums before wiping out your phone! Give the router reboot a try and let us know if that works for you as well.
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    I had the same thing this morning I just connected to my other router and it was fine
    Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 Nexus all the way..
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKI_K2 View Post
    Thanks Newsman. As soon as you mentioned that, I went and rebooted my wireless router and voila - WiFi and cell icons are white again! I would say this is the best fix for this issue currently, so if anyone else out there has this happen to them...try a router reboot and that should solve it [we'll see for how long]. Let's hope for some sort of software patch for such an annoying bug!
    Glad it worked. Trust Google addresses soon.

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    I've got the same problem, but it's not a WiFi issue. Regardless of WiFi being on or not, the data bars still occasionally turn orange and lose connectivity. Not sure how restarting my router would solve that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Garconis View Post
    I've got the same problem, but it's not a WiFi issue. Regardless of WiFi being on or not, the data bars still occasionally turn orange and lose connectivity. Not sure how restarting my router would solve that...
    Turn on the off Airplane Mode and see if that helps. It typically will bring back data services if you are in an area with data.

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    Default Re: Nexus 5 WiFi/Cell Orange Icons...

    The orange indicates that you are not receiving or sending data. You may be connected to the cell network or wifi network but it's not sending or receiving data.

    This happens to me at work because I need to sign in the the wifi through my browser, so it connects but I don't really have a data connection.

    Like others have said, reset your router if it's a wifi problem; if it's a network problem, try toggling airplane mode. Whenever I have a data connection problem I always test the connection with another device as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    Turn on the off Airplane Mode and see if that helps. It typically will bring back data services if you are in an area with data.

    Sent from my Nexus 5 using AC Forums mobile app
    That sometimes works...but I'm trying to figure out the root cause so I can fix it permanently, rather that toggling airplane mode every 5 minutes.
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    This happens to me when connecting in public places. You have to bring up your browser and agree to the company's terms. Thereafter, the symbol turns white.

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    Just as an update roughly 2 months from my original post, I have not had this same issue reoccur since the initial problem resolved itself. I'm not sure whether the update to 4.4.2 fixed it, or if it was just a fluke to begin with, but I have had no issues for quite some time. As others have said, if you are connecting to a WiFi network that requires in-browser authentication, then yes you will need to connect in that manner before the icons turn white. My problem was happening on my home network though, so this was not the case in my particular situation. I also was away for the holidays and had my router/modem powered down for a few weeks, so perhaps it really was as simple as resetting/rebooting the router.

    Anyone else have issues before the 4.4.2 update that now seem to be resolved...? Thanks for the all the input!
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    Nothing seems to work for me, at home, at school and even the public library, it stays orange and I don't receive my notifications for apps like whatsapp, snapchat, instagram. Any other suggestions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NidooReebz View Post
    Nothing seems to work for me, at home, at school and even the public library, it stays orange and I don't receive my notifications for apps like whatsapp, snapchat, instagram. Any other suggestions?
    Sounds like a device problem. Try booting into safe mode. If it works then do a factory reset.

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    Just got a new LTE SIM card from ST. Still same issue. I really gotta get my hands on a version before they switched to the LTE SIM cards. I don't care if I don't get 4G as long as I get my data synced when it's supposed to.
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    Thank you ! But turns out the wifi magically works at home and school not the public library. This wifi connection doesn't have a password or anything, could that be a reason why it doesn't work? Any suggestions how I can make this a secure network?

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