What's the difference between the top volume bar (squiggle) and bottom volume bar (bell)?

Volume bars

I think they both have something to do with notification volume, and most of the time changing one also changes the other. I am running Cyanogenmod 13 (but I don't think it is a Cyanogenmod-specific feature).

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    Are you using a theme? Can you revert to stock theme and then post a screenshot? Stock Android 6 doesn't show four bars and CM13 doesn't show that squiggle. Instead, it shows the ringer volume. What does Settings -> Sounds gives? I think you have notification and ringtone volumes linked as well. – Firelord Apr 16 '16 at 18:43
  • I was using blakZent theme, after reverting to the stock theme the top bar shows a ringing phone instead of a squiggle, which makes things much clearer. You're right, in Settings -> Sounds, there is a toggle 'Link ringtone & notification volumes', which I had switched on. Thanks! – James Hiew Apr 16 '16 at 21:51
  • I think one is ringer or notifications, the other (music note) is probably media volume. – acejavelin Apr 16 '16 at 21:53

It appears from the screenshot that a theme is in place with its own set of icons. Stock Android Marshmallow doesn't show four but only three bars. The extra one CM shows is for notification volume. Anyhow, a theme alters the icon but not the order of bars. You can always revert to stock theme or icons and get this result:

(Click an image to enlarge it)


  • First bar      : Ringer volume
  • Second bar : Media volume
  • Third bar     : Alarm volume
  • Fourth bar   : Notification volume

If you don't intend to revert the theme icons, then head over to Settings app → Sounds and behold the meaning of icons yourself:


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