System Icons

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

Provide alternative text labels for icons. Alternative text labels aren’t visible onscreen, but they let VoiceOver audibly describe what's onscreen, making navigation easier for people with visual impairments.

Tip You can use text instead of icons to represent items in a navigation bar or toolbar. For example, Calendar uses “Today,” “Calendars,” and “Inbox” in the toolbar. You can also use a fixed space element to provide padding between navigation and toolbar icons.

Icon Button name Function
Action navigation bar and tab bar icon Action Shows a modal view containing share extensions, action extensions, and tasks, such as Copy, Favorite, or Find, that are useful in the current context.
Add navigation bar and tab bar icon Add Creates a new item.
Bookmarks navigation bar and tab bar icon Bookmarks Shows app-specific bookmarks.
Camera navigation bar and tab bar icon Camera Takes a photo or video, or shows the Photo Library.
Cancel Cancel Closes the current view or ends edit mode without saving changes.
Compose navigation bar and tab bar icon Compose Opens a new view in edit mode.
Done Done Saves the state and closes the current view, or exits edit mode.
Edit Edit Enters edit mode in the current context.
Fast forward navigation bar and tab bar icon Fast Forward Fast-forwards through media playback or slides.
Organize navigation bar and tab bar icon Organize Moves an item to a new destination, such as a folder.
Pause navigation bar and tab bar icon Pause Pauses media playback or slides. Always store the current location when pausing, so playback can resume later.
Play navigation bar and tab bar icon Play Begins or resumes media playback or slides.
Redo Redo Redoes the last action that was undone.
Refresh navigation bar and tab bar icon Refresh Refreshes content. Use this icon sparingly, as your app should refresh content automatically whenever possible.
Reply navigation bar and tab bar icon Reply Sends or routes an item to another person or location.
Rewind navigation bar and tab bar icon Rewind Moves backwards through media playback or slides.
Save Save Saves the current state.
Search navigation bar and tab bar icon Search Displays a search field.
Stop navigation bar and tab bar icon Stop Stops media playback or slides.
Trash navigation bar and tab bar icon Trash Deletes the current or selected item.
Undo Undo Undoes the last action.

For developer guidance, see UIBarButtonItem.

Tab Bar Icons

Icon Button name Function
Bookmarks tab bar icon Bookmarks Shows app-specific bookmarks.
Contacts tab bar icon Contacts Shows the person’s contacts.
Downloads tab bar icon Downloads Shows active or recent downloads.
Favorites tab bar icon Favorites Shows the person’s favorite items.
Featured tab bar icon Featured Shows content featured by the app.
History tab bar icon History Shows recent actions or activity.
More tab bar icon More Shows additional tab bar items.
Most recent tab bar icon Most Recent Shows the most recent items.
Most viewed tab bar icon Most Viewed Shows the most popular items.
Recents tab bar icon Recents Shows content or items recently accessed within a specific period of time.
Search tab bar icon Search Enters a search mode.
Top rated tab bar icon Top Rated Shows the highest-rated items.

For developer guidance, see UITabBarItem.

Quick Action Icons

Icon Button name Function
Add quick action icon Add Creates a new item.
Alarm quick action icon Alarm Sets or displays an alarm.
Audio quick action icon Audio Denotes or adjusts audio.
Bookmark quick action icon Bookmark Creates a bookmark or shows bookmarks.
Capture Photo quick action icon Capture Photo Captures a photo.
Capture Video quick action icon Capture Video Captures a video.
Cloud quick action icon Cloud Denotes, displays, or initiates a cloud-based service.
Compose quick action icon Compose Composes new editable content.
Confirmation quick action icon Confirmation Denotes that an action is complete.
Contact quick action icon Contact Chooses or displays a contact.
Date quick action icon Date Displays a calendar or event, or performs a related action.
Favorite quick action icon Favorite Denotes or marks a favorite item.
Home quick action icon Home Indicates or displays a home screen. Indicates, displays, or routes to a physical home.
Invitation quick action icon Invitation Denotes or displays an invitation.
Location quick action icon Location Denotes the concept of location or accesses the current geographic location.
Love quick action icon Love Denotes or marks an item as loved.
Mail quick action icon Mail Creates a Mail message.
Mark Location quick action icon Mark Location Denotes, displays, or saves a geographic location.
Message quick action icon Message Creates a new message or denotes the use of messaging.
Pause quick action icon Pause Pauses media playback. Always store the current location when pausing, so playback can resume later.
Play quick action icon Play Begins or resumes media playback.
Prohibit quick action icon Prohibit Denotes that something is disallowed.
Search quick action icon Search Enters a search mode.
Share quick action icon Share Shares content with others or to social media.
Shuffle quick action icon Shuffle Indicates or initiates shuffle mode.
Task quick action icon Task Denotes an uncompleted task or marks a task as complete.
Task Completed quick action icon Task Completed Denotes a completed task or marks a task as not complete.
Time quick action icon Time Denotes or displays a clock or timer.
Update quick action icon Update Updates content.

For developer guidance, see UIApplicationShortcutIcon.