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  1. Vania1975's Avatar
    Just recently I have this white dot that is in the top left hand corner of my notification bar. When I pull down to see what it is, there is nothing. Tried rebooting the phone, looking at recent apps that I've installed to see if that's the culprit, and now I give up and come to this forum looking for help. Anyone have any idea what it is?
    06-13-2017 12:02 PM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    It typically represents minimized notifications - if there are no notifications, then sounds like either a bug or they're using that minimized notification functionality for something else - but not sure what that would be.
    06-13-2017 01:02 PM
  3. Vania1975's Avatar
    ugg...maybe something buggy. I may do a factory reset
    06-13-2017 04:03 PM
  4. Mike Dee's Avatar
    ugg...maybe something buggy. I may do a factory reset
    If its something normal and repetitive it will just come back.
    06-13-2017 05:48 PM
  5. GSDer's Avatar
    You could try booting into Safe mode - if it's being caused by a 3rd party application that won't show up in Safe mode. Then you can start uninstalling the most recent applications you've used.

    This is easier than doing a Factory Reset (although if nothing obvious turns up that may be another step to try).
    06-13-2017 06:20 PM
  6. Mooncatt's Avatar
    Can you post a pic of this?
    06-13-2017 11:50 PM
  7. Vania1975's Avatar
    It went away after I powered off my phone completely, then waited a minute and powered it back up and the white dot is gone. Who knows what it was...
    06-14-2017 03:58 PM
  8. shadavis08's Avatar
    I have an app called music player remix that does the same thing just a white dot in the left hand corner
    06-14-2017 06:00 PM
  9. Vania1975's Avatar
    white dot in top left notification bar-white-dot.png

    Anyways..this is what it looked like.
    06-15-2017 11:48 AM
  10. GSDer's Avatar
    It's usually the result of an application that's keeping itself from being kicked out of memory by the OS; the app keeps a 'notification' running (although it may not actually be providing any kind of useful notification) as a means to stay running.
    06-16-2017 03:06 PM
  11. Roberto Murciel's Avatar
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    Anyways..this is what it looked like.
    Pull down the upper bar and you'll see a row of apps. keep pressing or thar row until the option menu let you choose to cancel notification for the program.
    Good luck
    07-01-2017 10:14 AM
  12. Rocketman0896's Avatar
    This is the dot I have been noticing every now and again. It will appear and disappear randomly, anyone else experiencing this?
    Attached Thumbnails white dot in top left notification bar-20190714_002945.jpg  
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    07-14-2019 03:33 AM
  13. MehradThe1st's Avatar
    This is the dot I have been noticing every now and again. It will appear and disappear randomly, anyone else experiencing this?
    Yes, I just noticed this and I'd like to know the answer to this one. The device is Honor 9X running EMUI 10 Android 10.
    Attached Thumbnails white dot in top left notification bar-screenshot_20210118_001209.jpg   white dot in top left notification bar-screenshot_20210118_001435.jpg   white dot in top left notification bar-screenshot_20210118_001233.jpg  
    01-17-2021 04:16 PM
  14. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Is that the right side of the status bar? As mentioned above, that could be an overflow icon telling you that there are additional status bar icons that don't fit. After display notches became a thing, this became more common because the system would have to make sure the center of the status bar was kept clear.
    01-17-2021 04:31 PM
  15. MehradThe1st's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! Is that the right side of the status bar? As mentioned above, that could be an overflow icon telling you that there are additional status bar icons that don't fit. After display notches became a thing, this became more common because the system would have to make sure the center of the status bar was kept clear.
    Thank you! Actually, I didn't have many notifications or system icons at the time, And my phone does not even have a notch, Because it has a pop up camera, Anyway, It occupies the left side my status bar, I will add a reference picture of my status bar here too, But right now the dot has disappeared and can not be seen.
    Attached Thumbnails white dot in top left notification bar-screenshot_20210118_010750_com.android.chrome.jpg  
    01-17-2021 04:38 PM
  16. B. Diddy's Avatar
    That would be an unusual position for an overflow icon, but it's still possible. The next time you see it, swipe down your notification panel and see if there are more notifications there that can fit on the status bar. Then dismiss a few of the notifications and see if the dot disappears.
    01-17-2021 04:47 PM
  17. mustang7757's Avatar
    Also monitor it in safe mode , maybe a 3rd party app causing this
    01-17-2021 05:43 PM
  18. David Nevin's Avatar
    I'm attaching two photos that illustrate the phenomenon. One is plain, and the other is edited.

    The dot does not always appear. And sometimes it flashes.
    Attached Thumbnails white dot in top left notification bar-2021_10_16_07_26_09.jpg   white dot in top left notification bar-20211016_193157.jpg  
    10-16-2021 07:44 PM
  19. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! That certainly looks like the overflow icon. If you clear out most of your notifications, does that disappear?
    10-16-2021 07:45 PM

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