System Icons

The system provides built-in icons that represent common tasks and types of content in a variety of use cases.

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.

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.

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 and toolbars. For developer guidance, see UIBarButtonSystemItem.

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 Name Meaning API
Action navigation bar and tab bar icon Action (Share) Shows a modal view containing share extensions, action extensions, and tasks, such as Copy, Favorite, or Find, that are useful in the current context. action
Add navigation bar and tab bar icon Add Creates a new item. add
Bookmarks navigation bar and tab bar icon Bookmarks Shows app-specific bookmarks. bookmarks
Camera navigation bar and tab bar icon Camera Takes a photo or video, or shows the Photo Library. camera
Cancel Cancel Closes the current view or ends edit mode without saving changes. cancel
Compose navigation bar and tab bar icon Compose Opens a new view in edit mode. compose
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
Fast forward navigation bar and tab bar icon Fast Forward Fast-forwards through media playback or slides. fastForward
Organize navigation bar and tab bar icon Organize Moves an item to a new destination, such as a folder. organize
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. pause
Play navigation bar and tab bar icon Play Begins or resumes media playback or slides. play
Redo Redo Redoes the last action that was undone. redo
Refresh navigation bar and tab bar icon Refresh Refreshes content. Use this icon sparingly, as your app should refresh content automatically whenever possible. refresh
Reply navigation bar and tab bar icon Reply Sends or routes an item to another person or location. reply
Rewind navigation bar and tab bar icon Rewind Moves backwards through media playback or slides. rewind
Save Save Saves the current state. save
Search navigation bar and tab bar icon Search Displays a search field. search
Stop navigation bar and tab bar icon Stop Stops media playback or slides. stop
Trash navigation bar and tab bar icon 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 UITabBarSystemItem.

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

Home Screen Quick Action Icons

Use the following icons in home screen quick action menus. For developer guidance, see UIApplicationShortcutIconType.

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