System Icons

The system provides lots of small icons—representing common tasks and types of content—for use in navigation bars and tab bars. It’s a good idea to use these built-in icons as much as possible because they're familiar to people.

Use system icons as intended. Every system-provided image has a specific, well-known meaning. To avoid confusing users, it’s essential that each image be used in accordance with its meaning and recommended usage.

Design a custom icon if you can’t find a system-provided one that meets your needs. It’s better to design your own than to misuse a system-provided image. See Custom Icons.

Use the following icons in navigation bars. For developer guidance, see UIBarButtonItem.

Tip You can use text instead of icons to represent items in a navigation bar. You can also use a fixed space element to provide padding between navigation and toolbar icons.

Icon Name Meaning API
Icon of a square with an arrow pointing upward. Action Shows a modal view containing share extensions and tasks that are useful in the current context. action
Icon of a plus sign. Add Creates a new item. add
Icon of a blank open book. Bookmarks Shows app-specific bookmarks. bookmarks
Cancel Cancel Closes the current view or ends edit mode without saving changes. cancel
Done Done Saves the state and closes the current view, or exits edit mode. done
Edit Edit Enters edit mode in the current context. edit
Icon of two small, connected triangles pointing to the right. Fast Forward Fast-forwards through media playback. fastForward
Icon of a folder. Organize Moves an item to a new destination, such as a folder. organize
Icon of two parallel vertical lines. Pause Pauses media playback. Always store the current location when pausing, so playback can resume later. pause
Icon of one triangle pointing right. Play Begins or resumes media playback. play
Redo Redo Redoes the last action that was undone. redo
Icon of a circular arrow. Refresh Refreshes content. Use this icon sparingly, as your app should refresh content automatically whenever possible. refresh
Icon of an outline of an arrow pointing left. Reply Sends or routes an item to another person or location. reply
Icon of two small, connected triangles pointing left. Rewind Moves backwards through media playback. rewind
Save Save Saves the current state. save
Icon of a magnifying glass. Search Displays a search field. search
Icon of a trash can with a lid. Trash Deletes the current or selected item. trash
Undo Undo Undoes the last action. undo

Tab Bar Icons

Use the following icons in tab bars. For developer guidance, see UITabBarItem.

Icon Name Meaning API
Icon of an open book filled-in in black. Bookmarks Shows app-specific bookmarks. bookmarks
Icon of the head and shoulders of a male and female figure, filled-in in black. Contacts Shows the person’s contacts. contacts
Icon of a square filled-in in black with an arrow pointing down. Downloads Shows active or recent downloads. downloads
Icon of a star filled-in in black. Favorites Shows the person’s favorite items. favorites
Icon of a star filled-in in black. Featured Shows content featured by the app. featured
Icon of a clock filled-in in black. History Shows recent actions or activity. history
Icon of an ellipses, three black dots More Shows additional tab bar items. more
Icon of a clock filled-in in black.n Most Recent Shows the most recent items. mostRecent
Icon of a bulleted list on a page. Most Viewed Shows the most popular items. mostViewed
Icon of a magnifying glass. Search Enters a search mode. search
Icon of a star filled-in in black. Top Rated Shows the highest-rated items. topRated