What Is the Rotating Arrow Symbol On top Of My iPhone, What Does It Mean?


This two-arrow rotating icon is spinning and I did not done anything which is getting annoying and have no idea what it means. The two arrow rotating icon should look like as following.

You probably have seen this spinning two-arrow icon occasionally and will gone at certain time. It looks like a process is running in the background or loading what your iPhone is doing.

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If you have no idea what it means, you have come to the right place on understanding what this two-arrow spinning icon means and how to disable it easily.

This two-arrow spinning icon indicates that your iPhone or iOS device is Syncing. When you iPhone is Syncing, it will show this icon in your Status bar at top of your screen. Syncing means that iOS or iPadOS is copying contents from your computer (PC or MAC) to or from your iPhone or iPad. The contents are videos, photos, albums, apps, contacts, etc can be copied from and to the computer.

Whenever iOS or iPadOS is syncing, the file synchronization service is available from Windows and Mac OS which keeps your iPhone or iPad’s data backed up and up-to-date. Commonly the syncing process takes place with iTunes software.

You can syncing with two methods, which is either syncing via Wired, or Wirelessly.

  1. You can sync by connecting an USB cable between iPhone and Computer.
  2. You can sync wirelessly via Wi-Fi network between your iPhone and Computer.

Wired Syncing via USB Cable

When you connect your iPhone with Computer via USB cable, you can sync your iPhone by using apps either Finder or iTunes depending on your macOS version or computer type (PC or MAC).

Syncing with Finder via USB Cable

If you are syncing with macOS Cataline or later version, you can sync using Finder app with your devices as followings.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac
  2. Open a Finder Window in Mac
  3. Select your iPhone in Finder’s Sidebar
  4. Decide what to sync and select check box
  5. Click Apply to start syncing.


Sync with iTunes via USB Cable

You can also syncing with iTunes apps using a Mac or macOS Mojave or a PC computer.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.
  2. Open iTunes apps
  3. Select your iPhone
  4. Select type of content to sync
  5. Select Sync box
  6. Click Apply to start syncing.

Sync with iTunes over Wi-Fi or Wirelessly.

You can perform syncing without cable, just setup up before you can sync wirelessly. Your iPhone will show this icon when you are syncing wirelessly. But you can only start syncing when both conditions as below are enabled.

  1. Make sure your computer and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. (For macOS Mojave or earlier or a PC will need to open iTunes on the Computer).
  2. When your iPhone is connected to a power outlet.

Once both conditions meet, your iPhone will start to perform syncing automatically.

How to enable/disable this rotating arrow symbol on my iPhone or iPad?

Go to setting on your iPhone or iPad Settings > iTunes & Apps Stores > select the apps you don’t want to syncing with by toggle button to left.


You could also disable through iCloud by going to your iPhone or iPad Settings > iCloud > select the apps you don’t want to syncing with by toggle button to left.


Feel free to check more icons or symbols that you have seen it and would like to understand how to enable or disable it easily on any iPhone or iOS devices. If you have more question about any unknown icons, please feel free to comment below so that we could help you out immediately.

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