All of us, at least occasionally, find ourselves in a place with little or no cell phone reception. You have a problem if that place happens to be your home, apartment or vehicle. Not being able to send texts, make calls or browse the internet on your iPhone when you need to is a huge inconvenience.
You rely on your iPhone to give you strong, reliable cell signal wherever you are. So what do you do?
Read on for some tips on how to boost your iPhone signal when you’re in a poor reception area, no matter which type of iPhone you have.
Why Do I Have No Signal on My iPhone?
There are a few main causes for bad cell coverage on your iPhone.
- You are too far from the signal source – aka the nearest cell tower. Your iPhone is trying to find signal, but you could be in a remote area with few cell towers around to pick up signal from.
- There may be something between you and the cell tower blocking the signal from getting to your iPhone.
- These surprising signal blockers are the materials your home/apartment/vehicle is made of – concrete, steel, brick, masonry, drywall, low-emitting coated glass windows – even the electrical wiring in the walls!
- Lots of network traffic, which usually occurs in heavily populated areas.
- Outside factors like weather, heavy vegetation and mountain can block signal from reaching your iPhone.
- If there are multi-story buildings near your home or apartment, they could be blocking your cell signal too.
Signal Issues by iPhone Model
iPhone X & iPhone XS
Some have noticed weak signal issues with the rollout of iOS 12 where previously there was no problem. Try some troubleshooting tips to get better service after the update on your iPhone X.
First, try toggling Airplane Mode on then restart your phone. Once your phone is on again see if the signal starts to improve.
Another tip is to reset your iPhone X network settings by going into Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will restore to the default network settings and hopefully cure your weak signal problems.
If your iPhone 8 keeps losing signal, first restart your iPhone by pressing on the side power button and holding it until the Apple logo appears on the screen. You could also try the Airplane mode method explained above.
Or try removing the SIM card then reinserting it back in the phone to reset.
Account issues, network settings, hardware damage or outdated software could all contribute to poor signal on your iPhone 7. Try the troubleshooting tips outlined in the sections above to get your iPhone 7 connecting better. To restart, press and hold the middle button and volume down button until the Apple logo appears.
How to Get Better Signal on Your iPhone
Read on to learn some tips you can do to boost your iPhone signal.
1) Signal Map your home/apartment/workspace
Signal mapping your place of living is a good way to find if there’s one spot that provides better reception than anywhere else. So grab your iPhone, a pen and paper and follow these simple steps below to start signal mapping:
- Put your iPhone in field test mode so you can view the incoming signal strength in decibels, abbreviated as dBm.
- Go into each room of your home or apartment and jot down the dBm reading on your iPhone. For larger areas, you may want to take signal readings in multiple spots.
- Each time you move across the room or into another room to check the signal, it may take your phone up to a minute to update the dBm reading for the new location.
- You can force a faster signal update by putting your iPhone into Airplane Mode for a few seconds once you move to the new location. Then turn off Airplane Mode, and the updated dBm reading should display.
Once you’ve completed your signal map, you will know which locations have the best and worst signal. If you find a “sweet spot” it may not always be convenient to dash there and answer an incoming call. At least you know you can do so if necessary, to get the strongest signal for your iPhone.
2) Give Wi-Fi Calling a Try
All newer iPhones and cell carriers allow native Wi-Fi calling and texting. There are also a bunch of messaging apps available that support audio and video calling. So, if you have solid Wi-Fi coverage in your living area, it may be a good substitute for the cellular network. However, if you don’t have access to Wi-Fi this wouldn’t be a good solution for you.
3) Try a Femtocell (Microcell)
If you can convince your cell carrier that your coverage is unacceptable, they may provide you with a femtocell, sometimes called a microcell. These devices function almost like a tiny cell tower, creating a very localized cell signal in your living space or workspace.
But they also have some disadvantages. For one, femtocells require a broadband Internet connection, and compete with any other network traffic including streaming video apps. So, weigh the pros and cons of femtocells before committing.
4) Switch Cell Phone Carriers
This works for some people but be careful about switching your cell carrier in hopes of getting better coverage. The last thing you want to do is to exchange poor reception with one carrier for even worse reception from another. Many times the carrier isn’t to blame for poor signal.
Switching carriers can make sense if you, using Carrier X, always have poor reception in your home, but your coworker, using Carrier Y, always has good reception. Also, be aware that switching carriers will cost you some money, so be sure your cell coverage will be better with the new carrier.
5) Use an iPhone Signal Booster
An iPhone signal booster works in any situation where there is an existing cell signal to amplify, whether in your vehicle or home. The booster amplifies the cell signal so your iPhone can load faster and deliver calls/texts. It will boost cell signal for any cell carrier that you have so you won’t have to switch.
An iPhone signal booster amplifies cell signal with little effort. Just install it and you’ll instantly start experiencing faster data speeds, better call quality and more.
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iPhone Signal Boosters for Cars & Trucks:
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- Home 4G – For Small Homes
- Connect 4G – For Medium Homes
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