Six Common Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks

As you navigate and explore your favorite apps, you find a number of built-in icons that will provide access to common tasks and functions.

The purpose of this recipe is to help you identify common icons and understand the common tasks and functions they provide.

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Six Shared Icons with Shared Purpose and Shared Tasks


Description: Provides access to sharing and action functions such as Sharing an item with email, text or AirDrop, print, save

Where found: Photos, Notes,

Example: Open a note in the Notes app and tap Share to see the Actions available.


Access a search function for the app.

Where found: Maps, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Email

Example: Launch the Messages app and see the search icon and search bar at the top of the screen




Description: Deletes the current or selected item.

Where found: Photos,

Example: Open the Photos app and tap a photo to display.






Add an item to an app.

Where found: Contacts, Calendar, Clock

Example: Open the Contacts app. See in upper right corner.




Description: Create or componse a new item in edit mode.

Where found: Email, Messages, Notes

Example: Open the Messages app and see the compose icon in the upper right corner.




Description: Access additional information about an item on the screen. Commonly referred to as “circle i.”

Where found: Maps, Messages, Phone

Example: Launch the Maps app and notice the circle i on the upper right corner.



Smart Tip:  Understand Shared Icons

As you explore the various apps on your iPhone or iPad, recognizing these shared icons and understanding the underlying function will help you advance your use of the device.

Check for Understanding

Use the following questions to determine if you need to read or study this recipe.  You might already have an understanding of this topic. Following your study, answer the same questions to help you check your understanding of the skills taught in this lesson.

  1. Can you describe the essential role of the following shared icon:
    • Share
    • Trash
    • Search
    • Compose
    • Add
    • Information

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