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I recently got an iPhone and at first I had problems connecting to the wifi. After a while, I got it to work. Now I noticed a small circle next to the wifi icon that spins when I am going down through a timeline on Facebook or Tumblr.

Does this indicator mean that it is just loading? Or is it using the cellular network?

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The spinning circle icon is simply a means of indicating that network activity is taking place, i.e. loading new data in Facebook or Tumblr. It has nothing to do with which network is being used — for that, check the cellular/Wi-Fi indicator. If the Wi-Fi icon is there, then it's the Wi-Fi network being used.

It's also worth noting that apps can turn on and off the indicator at will, so it's not a 100% reliable indicator that data is actually being transferred. If coded poorly, an app could activate the indicator, but neglect to deactivate it in certain circumstances.

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Thank you so much! (: –  Allie Apr 27 '13 at 18:51
You're welcome. If that answered your question, please click the green checkmark next to the answer to mark it as such. –  robmathers Apr 27 '13 at 18:55
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Just leave it alone and it'll go away. I had the same problem on my phone and it didn't go away for about a day. It turned out that I was checking how much space I had used up and it was still loading all the information.

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It’s okay to suggest no action needed as an answer, but you must also give a reason why the indicator is spinning, preferably with external source that explains its behavior. –  sayzlim Apr 19 at 6:11
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