I'm working on a business app that will have an offline mode and I'm curious what would be a good icon system to use as a status icon for the user? Since its a mobile app I was thinking of something like this wifi icon when a connection is active and an 'X' over it when no connection is detected.

Just curious if there are other systems that are more analogous or easily identifiable.

wifi-symbol with

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  • Specific icon questions aren't well received but this question might help more generally: ux.stackexchange.com/questions/14571/… – Matt Obee Nov 28 '12 at 22:58
  • Hi. I'm afraid that as per our FAQ icon request questions are off topic for this site. Mostly this is because there is no correct answer to this type of question. If you want to read more about it then this has been discussed on our meta site in the past so should give you an indication as to why, and should also help you out with future questions. – JonW Nov 29 '12 at 8:53

I would recommend going for what you have.

A quick search of wifi icons shows similar to the design you proposed and is commonly used across both iphone's and Android phones.

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With regards to no network being available, you can make it show it with the X or it another alternative would be to grey it out so.

I am not sure of how much space you have for the icon but I really like how facebook (android) shows that the connection is lost. enter image description here


I would not use a X but only a / or a \ not to complexify the picture and perhaps a combinaison with grey color

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