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5 Tips To Boost Your Cell Phone Reception

5 Tips To Boost Your Cell Phone Reception

Truth is, whatever your reaction to crappy and poor network signals is, we can all agree that it’s very annoying.

More so when our mobile devices have become integral parts of our daily lives. 95% of all Americans own a cellphone and with our mobile lifestyle we demand mobile essentials. We use them to connect with friends, enjoy viral social media videos and pictures, send and receive important work and business emails, play games and take photos.

As you can see, for the most part, you need an active network signal to do most of these things, hence the reason poor signals drives us crazy. I mean, we pay our bills, so the least we deserve is GREAT network signals all the darn time….but we know that doesn’t happen, so what gives? Do you just put your phone aside and return to the ice age? Absolutely No!

There are tips you can follow to boost your phone’s cell reception and we share them below.

Check the Decibel (DB) Value for Best Spot when home

You see those signal bars on your cell phone? They measure the strength of the network signal on your device (thank you captain obvious!). The problem however is, they are not quite specific, liking giving you an actual measurement right off the bat. So you need to put a measure to it, called decibels (DB) so you can know the best spot in your house for using your cell phone or smartphone as the case may be. So how do you go about it?

For Android

  • Go to Settings
  • Locate your device’s signal strength under ‘About Phone’ and then under ‘Network Status’ or ‘SIM Status’.
  • The signal strength is most times displayed in DB here, if not, then it will be in percentage.

So what do the negative numbers mean? Signal strength is measured on a negative scale, hence the negative numbers. The closer you are to zero, the stronger your signal is and conversely, the weaker your signal is. Typically, your signal DB of your device will be between -50 to -110. So, wherever you have signal strength closer to -50 is where you should set up camp to use your device.

For iPhone

  • Dial *3001#12345#* to access the Field Test mode.
  • Tap where you normally have your signal bars and they’ll automatically turn into negative number depending on your signal strength.
  • Hold down the ‘Power’ button till the “Slide to Power Off” screen shows and then release the power button.
  • Hold down the ‘Home’ button for about 5 seconds until the Field Test mode is exited. Now your signal strength is no longer in bars or dots, but in numbers (more on what they mean later).

Use Wi-Fi to Make Calls

Wi-Fi calling has become more rampant in recent years, thanks to more network carriers allowing it in USA and Canada. Wi-Fi calling allows users make phone calls on their broadband internet connection. Only iPhone, LG and Samsung Galaxy devices can make Wi-Fi calling on Verizon and AT&T. On T-Mobile and Sprint, however, many models can make Wi-Fi calls. You can activate Wi-Fi calling on iPhone by heading to Settings > Phone > and then activating Wi-Fi calling. On Android, go to Settings > Wireless and Networks > More > and then activating Wi-Fi calling (!!! this setting might be different for your brand of Android device).

Clear Out Obstructions

Your device is constantly ‘pinging’ cell towers. And for there to be uninterrupted communication between the two entities, there should always be a clear path. That is to say, as much as you can you need to reduce the objects standing in line with your phone and cell tower. If there are too many obstacles for the signals to weave through, chances are they’ll get considerably weaker. So what can you do?

  • Sit closer to a window or leave the house altogether if things don’t improve.
  • Avoid using your device under or close to tall buildings or structure.
  • You can rearrange your room and remove the clutter.
  • Get as high as possible – the top of a tree, the second floor, the roof, or just fly if you’ve got superpowers.

There are, however, forces of nature like bad weather you can’t do anything about other than wait for it to pass.

Keep Battery Charged

When your smartphone’s battery is low, they are programmed to conserve the remaining battery. That is, they manage what application or system programs can use power. Why’s this important? Well, it happens that your device needs to pull power to connect to a signal. A lack of juice means it can’t connect, hence the terrible cell phone reception. What can you do?

  • Keep your phone charged at least 40%.
  • Turn off Bluetooth when not in use
  • Reduce screen brightness
  • Limit push notifications
  • Update your operating system ASAP

Use Apps to Find Towers

This step is perhaps more essential for those looking to move. I don’t know about you, but I believe network reception should be part of your checklist when moving. So, it helps when there are apps and websites that provide data on this. What are examples of these apps and websites?


Cell Reception: Just slot in your zip code, city or state and you’re presented with data on cell tower locations and they are grouped by network carriers. Additionally, you can read reviews from users like yourself, so you can know which areas to avoid.

Antenna Search: Similar to cell reception, but also allows you include street address and the data is much richer, but the loading process takes time, so, you’ll need a ‘likkle’ patience.

Open Signal: With this website, you’ll be able to get “coverage maps for mobile operators across 6 continents”.


  • OpenSignal also has mobile apps for iOS and Android.
  • RootMetrics has an app similar to OpenSignal available on iOS and Android.

Get Signal Booster from Provider or Buy One

How about not climbing any stairs or leaving the comfort of your room in search of network signals? Sounds good, right? With signal boosters, you can boost the network signal in your apartment up to 32 times. 1, 2, 3,…32 times.

So, here’s how it works: there’s an external antenna that passes on signal from outside into an amplifier, which then releases the boosted signal indoors. Problem solved! No more raising your hands like an umpire in search of cell phone signals. No more buffering a 20 seconds viral video for eons before being able to see it or having to worry about dead zones in your apartment.

It should be noted, however, that signal boosters don’t necessarily perform magic; they can only boost the signal from outside. If the signal from outside is zero, zero time 32 is still zero. You get the drift?

There are many advantages to using a signal booster, including:

  • Affordably priced
  • No recurring payment unlike the case with Femtocells
  • Boost network signal over a large indoor area
  • No need to be connected to the internet to work
  • Works with both 3G and 4G LTE network
  • Works with all phones and carriers
  • Gives you convenience – same quality network all over your apartment