How to Boost Poor Cellphone Signal for Faster Data Connection
With most parts of the world on lockdown, people have no option but to stay at home. During this coronavirus pandemic, the need to have fast and reliable wireless connection has never been greater as phones are now our best getaway to connecting to the outside world.
Low cell phone signals cause all sorts of inconveniences when one is trying to stay connected. Phone calls can drop, messages don’t get sent, and streaming services can stutter.
Even though we can improve our infrastructure and build new towers to increase more bars, we can still apply simple steps to avoid interruption in cell service. Here are steps to ensure you have the best signal, how to boost your cell signal, and more solutions:
Determine What’s Causing the Poor Signal
There are many factors that play into your phone’s reception. It could be the phone itself, the crowd around you that can overload a cell tower, the materials your house or vehicle is made out of, or even your geographic location.
Move to a Better Location
This might seem cliche but if you have a poor reception inside your home or office, but it drastically improves whenever you go out, there’s a good chance the building is blocking your signal. Concrete is one of the materials that impede signal strength.
If you’re outside and still can’t get good reception, try moving away from tall buildings, trees or any obstacles causing the interference. If you’re in a rural location, try moving to a higher elevation. Crowds, concerts or the downtown areas hosting major events can create stress on the wireless towers, limiting signal and data speed on your smartphone.
Check for Coverage Issues
Before trying out any of these steps, you can reach out to the carrier and ask if there are any coverage issues such as a downed tower or one under maintenance close to your area.
Perform a Signal Refresh
Sometimes the phone gets stuck searching for the newest cell tower, while all it needs is a signal refresh to build a strong connection. To do this, simply reboot your phone completely, or switch on airplane mode for a second and turn it back off.
Hold in the power button, or power button and volume down key depending on your Android phone until the onscreen menu shows up and then select restart. If your phone doesn’t offer a restart option, just hold in the power button until the screen goes black and then turns back on. You may also be able to power off your phone through the settings menu.
Remove Your SIM Card
Another troubleshooting step is removing and restoring back your SIM card while the phone is turned on. You need a SIM card tool to get the SIM tray out of your phone and put it back in.
Many cell providers have been offering Wi-Fi calling as a free add-on. This uses your home or office Wi-Fi connection to place your call over the internet instead of the cell tower network. To use it, verify that your cellular plan provides you with Wi-Fi calling then enable it on your phone.
Wi-Fi calling can drop out if you move away from your hotspot during a call. However, due to Voice over IP or VoIP connection, it can carry more data than on a standard network. It also supports much higher call quality, including HD voice.
Use a Network Extender
This is a dedicated box that connects to your home internet connection. However, instead of providing your phone with a signal over Wi-Fi, it instead generates the same kind of signal that you would get directly from the tower. Then it uses the internet to connect to your carrier’s network.
This can be a decent solution if you use older equipment that doesn’t support Wi-Fi calling. It can, however, be costly to buy and you have to ensure that box supports your specific carrier. If that wasn’t enough, you may actually get charged a monthly fee to use it.
Use a Signal Booster
Signal boosters can take a weak cellular signal and amplify it into something that’s strong enough for your phone to use. The downside to these is that you cannot use them in an area that has no service at all.
Check your Network’s Coverage Area
About every card-carrying wireless provider (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) offers a detailed map of the areas their network covers. If coverage is uneven in your area, consider switching networks.
Remove any Type of Cover, Case or Hand Blocking the Antenna of the Smartphone
Using a cover or case is a recommended solution for giving your smartphone added protection. However, it affects the signal reception strength. This is especially when you use thick and rugged cases. Ensure that you hold a phone in such a way that it does not block the antenna bands of the device.
Conserve your Cellphone Battery
Smartphones are designed to save battery when it is low. When finding signals, our cell phones consume battery. When a smartphone battery is low, it becomes hard to search for a signal. Therefore, one should turn off unused apps, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and other connectivity options operating.