Zig-zag in battery icon

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Pate522, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Pate522 macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    Have a 36 hour old iPhone4 which I plugged in to electricity last night for a charge. This morning it's only half charged and there is a lightning or zig-zag in the center of the white battery icon. What gives?
  2. andylyon macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    Pretty sure the zig-zag means the device is currently charging.
  3. r2shyyou macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    As stated above, the "zig-zag" means it's currently plugged in and charging. If you're seeing it without it being plugged in, try turning the phone completely off and then back on and see if that resets it.
  4. Pate522 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    Thanks, everyone! I was afraid the zig-zag meant my battery was defective! You were ALL right. Again, thanks!
  5. parish macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
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    It was on charge overnight but was only half charged in the morning? Should fully charge in 2-3 hours!!
  6. Pate522 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 30, 2011
    Parish, I know what you are saying and I'm not sure what's going on. After I turned the phone completely off and back on, the battery icon was its normal greenish color and the battery showed full. Weird.

    Everyone here is providing much good information for a newby like me - thanks, everyone!
  7. willnike1 macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2014
    Zig zag in battery icon

    It means that you haven’t charged your iPhone battery recently enough and the phone’s almost out of juice. As the zig zag icon underneath the battery shows, you need to plug your iPhone into a computer or wall charger and get some energy into it pronto.

    The phone can still run a while in this state, but obviously it isn’t usable. This is done to conserve power and keep the data on the phone secure.

    But, just because it can wait like this a while doesn’t mean you should take chances. If you see the flashing red iPhone battery icon, charge the phone as quickly as possible. If you can’t, turn the phone off to save more power and plug it in when you can. This is for any iphone

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