My phone (LG G3) shows two different types of headphone icons. They are the leftmost icons in the images below. The first is a normal headphone icon. What is the second one?

I think it might be USB headphone, but that doesn't make sense, because I don't have USB headphones and never use USB headphones with the device.

I have noticed sometimes when I use the aux cable for my car, it displays the second icon instead of the first one. It shows the first icon whether I use headphones with a built-in mic or headphones that don't have a mic - it's the same icon.

Image 1: normal headphone icon

screenshot of notification bar with normal headphone icon

Image 2: ??

screenshot of notification bar with unknown icon

Any thoughts?

Edited images to make them smaller

  • @Rahul I saw that question. My icons do not look like that one, though, so it's not a duplicate. Jul 24, 2017 at 3:52
  • Line-out is different from headphones - probably that's what you're looking for.
    – Andy Yan
    Jul 24, 2017 at 4:16
  • @AndyYan I think you're right as is the selected answer. Thanks. Jul 30, 2017 at 1:11

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Second one is showing a line out or auxiliary audio icon, which means that it had recognised that a jack had been plugged in ( but it doesn't detect a speaker or maybe it detects the speaker ) but fundamentally to differentiate between regular headset (with or without mic) and speaker connected with line out

If this happens when you connect to regular headphone, it indicates some dirt or pocket flint , preventing recognition of head phone. Cleaning with a tooth pick , ear bud and blowing air to dislodge muck should fix. If it doesn't, try app mentioned here What is this icon in my status bar?

Later versions of LG also differentiate between headphone with speaker and without speaker

I had this icon show up on a Dopod phone, owned a decade ago

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