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    Default Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    I have just arrived in the UK for 6 weeks with my lovely Samsung SII (Sprint). I have noticed an unknown icon in the notification bar - it's a circle with a line through it, and when I pull the notification bar down, I see "searching for service". This is towards the top of the screen, but the actual circle with the line through it does not show up when I pull the notification bar, it still stays at the top on the right. As a result, my battery has gone from 100% to 75% in FIFTEEN minutes - obviously whatever it's doing is totally draining the battery. I have disabled the 3g Data box under MOBILE NETWORKS (network settings) - that doesn't do anything. I tried changing from sprint to automatic back to sprint (in roaming mode) - that does nothing (icon still there). The only time it will disappear is if I put on airplane mode - then it goes away but then I can't use wifi to send and receive emails - so that defeats the purpose. I have attached screenshots of both screens. Anybody know what this icon is? Anyone know how I can stop my phone from constantly searching for service while I'm in the UK, without putting it into airplane mode? THANK YOU
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    "Circle with a line through it" means it's crossed out. You know, like the signs with a cigarette in a red circle with a line through it? That means "no smoking". In this case, that icon is where your reception is displayed. Meaning you have "no reception" or no service. That's why the icon changes into an airplane in airplane mode; it's not that there's no service, it's that you turned it off.

    The reason your battery is dying so fast is because the phone works harder when the signal is weaker. With no signal, the phone is spending all is power searching. Airplane mode tells the phone to stop searching, so battery life is much improved.

    You can still use wifi in airplane mode. Enable airplane mode, THEN turn on wifi.

    Sent from my Galaxy S II
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! How thick am I that I never even tried that? I assumed wrongly that once in airplane mode, you could not get service OR connect to wifi, so I never even tried. I put it in AM, then clicked on wifi - and voila, there's no more searching for signal, that round circle with the line through it that means no service has gone, and my battery is now as good as gold, lasting for hours! THANK YOU THANK YOU. Just feel stoooopid now! such a simple solution.
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    You're welcome. I thought the same as you at first, but figured I'd try anyway and was surprised when the wifi ended up connecting.
    Glad I could help

    Sent from my Galaxy S II
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    Quote Originally Posted by ReDDevil2112 View Post
    "Circle with a line through it" means it's crossed out. You know, like the signs with a cigarette in a red circle with a line through it? That means "no smoking". In this case, that icon is where your reception is displayed. Meaning you have "no reception" or no service. That's why the icon changes into an airplane in airplane mode; it's not that there's no service, it's that you turned it off.

    The reason your battery is dying so fast is because the phone works harder when the signal is weaker. With no signal, the phone is spending all is power searching. Airplane mode tells the phone to stop searching, so battery life is much improved.

    You can still use wifi in airplane mode. Enable airplane mode, THEN turn on wifi.

    Sent from my Galaxy S II
    There's just one problem with this theory. I had the same problem, and then I rebooted my phone. Suddenly, sitting in the exact same spot where I had "no signal", I had a full signal when the phone came back up. This is a software or kernel bug. I have a Galaxy S4 so this won't help to point the finger at Samsung or Android. I also have T-Mobile service, but as I said, this has nothing to do with the actual signal. The signal was there the whole time, but something broken in the phone was preventing it from picking up the signal.
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    Did you ever find a solution for this problem?? I have a flashed Note 2 on the cricket Network and it has just recently started doing the same thing "searching for service". I took it back down to where I had it flashed and they had no clue... I have been using it for 3-4 months and have never had one issue until just last week, not it seems to happening all the time!
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    HI,., Just join this forum. I'm having problem also with my Samsung Ace. I don't have signal on my phone. can't received messages and can't make calls coz of "Circle with a line through it" above my phone. Please help. Thankz.. Please see attached.
    Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off-sc20131029-185905.png
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off-screenshot_2013-12-08-18-40-10.jpg
    Please help me to get the rid of this strange icon near WIFI signal Galaxy S3 SHV-210L Korean version Android 4.3
    Quote Originally Posted by chewedpup View Post
    I have just arrived in the UK for 6 weeks with my lovely Samsung SII (Sprint). I have noticed an unknown icon in the notification bar - it's a circle with a line through it, and when I pull the notification bar down, I see "searching for service". This is towards the top of the screen, but the actual circle with the line through it does not show up when I pull the notification bar, it still stays at the top on the right. As a result, my battery has gone from 100% to 75% in FIFTEEN minutes - obviously whatever it's doing is totally draining the battery. I have disabled the 3g Data box under MOBILE NETWORKS (network settings) - that doesn't do anything. I tried changing from sprint to automatic back to sprint (in roaming mode) - that does nothing (icon still there). The only time it will disappear is if I put on airplane mode - then it goes away but then I can't use wifi to send and receive emails - so that defeats the purpose. I have attached screenshots of both screens. Anybody know what this icon is? Anyone know how I can stop my phone from constantly searching for service while I'm in the UK, without putting it into airplane mode? THANK YOU
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    Kindy help me to get the rid of this strange icon near wifi signal Galaxy S3 koren version SHV-210L Android4.3
    Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off-screenshot_2013-12-08-18-40-10.jpg
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    Hi
    Are you able to find out about the icon? I too trying for it. Please let me know if you found it.
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    Default Re: Unknown icon in notification bar, and unable to turn "searching for service" off

    hi,

    do you find any solution for this? i am having same problem from yesterday with my note II LTE. please help me if anyone get solution of it.

    thanks.
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    Why has my moto g got white circle with line through it

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    Why has my moto g got white circle with line through it
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    On the Note 3 it means you have blocking turned on
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    Did you found out what is it??
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    Don't feel stupid! Thank you for posting the question because I had the same problem and you helped me and likely many other people too. Cheers!

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