I have this strange "R" on my WiFi signal.

Image of Wifi icon

It's not on my cell signal and it's not a glitch. It seems to be set when I am on WiFi, but I don't know why. Sometimes it's there, sometimes it goes away.

The only way I am able to fix the issue is by restarting the phone, but does anyone know why this happens?

When I look online, everyone seems to not know what the main problem is and most threads give up and stop trying to figure out what is going on.

  • do you have some VPN app installed?
    – Esther
    Jun 23, 2022 at 21:50
  • @Esther that is a good question. I have no VPN apps installed. I used to have OpenVPN app back on my old phone but I just got a new phone a month ago and I just checked my apps to double check; and there is no VPN apps currently installed. Jun 23, 2022 at 23:35
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    What is your phone model, manufacturer and which Android version is running?
    – Robert
    Jun 24, 2022 at 7:25
  • Have you tried turning off roaming in your settings? The R stands for roaming.
    – Mastaxx
    Jun 27, 2022 at 13:06
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    Sorry for the delay @Robert and MiG. The model: Moto G Stylus (2021). Manufacturer: Motorola. Android Version: 10 (build number QPCS30.Q4-31-26-1-9) Jun 30, 2022 at 20:06

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For as far as I can tell so far it seems to be a bug, specifically with Motorola Android devices (Motorola themselves do not list WiFi-with-R in their glossary of terms and WiFi troubleshooting section either).

I've seen one mention that a factory reset might resolve this, so if it's particularly annoying it's worth a try.

If you want to help squash said bug I would first contact them before performing that reset though, maybe they can finally track it down and fix it for everyone.


It means that your WiFi has a repeater (like a range extender). Or your AP was in repeater mode.


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