1. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Has anyone else noticed a transparent circle that moves around on their mobile phone screen? The past 2 months I've noticed this circle, about the size of a dime, on photos and screen captures. Once, when I seen it actually moving across the screen, it darted away when I tried to touch it. Can someone tell me what this is, please?
    12-07-2015 03:18 PM
  2. Javier P's Avatar
    Hello and welcome to the forums! Which phone do you have? Have you recently downloaded or updated any app? Could you post a screenshot with that circle?
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    12-07-2015 03:26 PM
  3. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Thank you. Sorry it's taken me so long to reply but I had to research how to find your response. The phone is a Motorola E 2nd Gen and yes I have updated and downloaded apps recently. Here's 2 examples, one is a screen capture and the other is a photo.

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    12-07-2015 06:54 PM
  4. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Here's the photo. Transparent circle on phone, what is it?-received_783382988474847.jpg

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    12-07-2015 06:56 PM
  5. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    The circle is located top left on the first and mid right on the other.

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    12-07-2015 06:58 PM
  6. Javier P's Avatar
    Here's the photo. Click image for larger version. 

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    Is that a photo of your phone while the screen is off?
    12-07-2015 08:03 PM
  7. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    When the screen is off it only displays the time.

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    12-07-2015 10:23 PM
  8. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    The photo was taken with the camera that's on the phone, the pic of the quarter and nail. I was asking a friend what kind of nail it was, what it's used for, hence the quarter.

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    12-07-2015 10:28 PM
  9. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    I just took this screen shot. Now I see 2, one behind the Messaging icon and one behind the red icon above it.
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    12-07-2015 10:40 PM
  10. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Sorry I inserted the wrong pic. This should be it. Transparent circle on phone, what is it?-received_783432768469869.jpg

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    12-07-2015 10:45 PM
  11. Javier P's Avatar
    Ok, I think I know what's going on. Those icons are folders. If you tap on any of them you'll see the different apps included. With the Messaging app I think that, by accident, you created a new folder with the settings icon. To create a folder you tap & hold on a shortcut and drag it on top of another one. To take a shortcut out of a folder try this. Open it with a single tap, tap & hold on one icon (settings for example) and drag it out.
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    12-08-2015 07:05 AM
  12. belodion's Avatar
    At first I thought you were referring to the disc in the search bar. I sometimes see that on my Nexus 5, since the Marshmallow update I think. I believe it's a harmless bug.
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    12-08-2015 08:25 AM
  13. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    You are correct. Since I ungrouped the app icons those circle are no longer there. Does that mean these circles are bugs and I need to check for viruses? If so please send recommendations.Attachment 208988Attachment 208989Transparent circle on phone, what is it?-2015-12-08-19.27.57.jpg

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    12-08-2015 08:41 PM
  14. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Can you please tell me how I can find these bugs and eliminate them? I'm seeing these circles on my tablet now and having issues with data connectivity on my phone. I'm worried these issues may be caused by these circles. When I scan with gadget guardian it locks up at about 20% on the deep scan.

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    12-09-2015 09:27 PM
  15. Javier P's Avatar
    There's nothing to worry about. The circles behind some icons mean that they are folders. I did a quick search about that shadow in the Google bar and, as Belodion said, it's a harmless bug. It happens after you swipe from the bar and the ripple animation doesn't fade out. If you touch again inside the bar (single tap) it should disappear.
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    12-10-2015 04:18 AM
  16. Javier P's Avatar
    Look, I managed to replicate that shadow. As I said, nothing to worry about
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    12-10-2015 04:26 AM
  17. the tall guy's Avatar
    For what it's worth I too have the mysterious orb that stays in my Google Search bar on occasions. Just a small bug that doesn't cause any harm. Should be resolved in further software updates.

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    12-10-2015 06:22 AM
  18. Swifty Kay's Avatar
    Okay. Thank you.

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    12-11-2015 08:37 PM

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