The smartphone has become such an integral part of everyone’s lives that the average person may feel panicked if they’re alone with a phone that does not pick up the signal required to stay in touch with the world at large.
The number of places where one is assured of Wi-Fi service could be limited, and even if the Wi-Fi connectivity were to be available, functions like making and receiving voice calls and sending and receiving short messaging service (SMS) texts are still possible only with the signal provided through the cellphone towers by the service provider.
In case you are struck with a poor signal on your smartphone, is there a way you can get out of it?
There are indeed many tips for this. Read on to find out.
Some Basics Explained for a Better Perspective
Before you get into the ways to make the smartphone signal better, it may be prudent to know a few basic details relevant to the subject.
Ultimately, the best way to boost the signal reception on your smartphone is to invest in a booster device.
This is often used among smartphone users in remote locations where the signal is weak and the company offering the service is not able to improve it directly.
In a few cases, the companies offer to install a booster at the customer’s premises for a nominal fee.
But the discussions here are purely based on other means of improving the signal strength on your smartphone.
First, it is important to know that the signal strength on your smartphone could be weak because of your location.
The number of cellphone towers may be limited and towers near you might be further than the distance required for the signal to be strong.
The second reason is that you may be trying to use the phone from places where there are many obstacles between the phone and the nearest cell tower.
You might have noticed the signal dropping at high elevations or if you’re in a basement. These are virtually blocked from all sides and therefore the signal is poor.
Finally, you may be in a crowded place or a thickly populated locality where too many people are trying to access their phone lines simultaneously, 2.thus exceeding the capacity the tower is capable of handling.
Any network can crash when it is overloaded.
The other important point is that you should know that you can check if the signal on your smartphone is strong or weak by going to Settings and checking the cellphone signal strength.
9 Ways to Boost Poor Phone Signal
1. This could be the obvious one; move away from where the signal is poor and go to where the signal is good enough to make a call or send a message.
2. The cover you are using over the smartphone can at times be responsible for blocking the signal waves from reaching the built-in antenna on your phone.Test the signal without your phone case to see if this is the reason why you’re having trouble connecting.
3. If the place you are located has too many obstacles, then find a more open space. This could be closer to a window or even outside of the room.
4. Your phone’s battery should have sufficient power remaining for the phone signal to be good. It is observed that if you allow the charge remaining in the battery to go below 25 percent, then the chances of the phone signal dropping is higher.
5. Use Wi-Fi calling: This is a fairly new feature introduced by smartphone manufacturers and carriers. Depending on which carrier you are subscribing to and the smartphone brand/model you own, it is feasible to make voice and even video calls using the Wi-Fi connectivity in your home or office. Check if your service provider is permitting this. For the record, most major telecom operators in the U.S. now make this service available.
6. Change the service to the lower generation: This is a method in which you can choose a 3G or a 2G service on your device instead of 4G that you are entitled to receive. This is because the strength of the signal from the closest cellphone tower may be strong enough for the previous generation but not sufficient for 4G. You have to go to Settings and find the connectivity options. The default settings would be “choose automatically.” It is better to leave it as it is, but if you feel you need the signal badly and you cannot get away or use any other tip mentioned above, you can pick 2G or 3G and you will find the signal improving.
7. Try disabling unwanted services: If your smartphone has the Wi-Fi on and the Bluetooth connectivity on, just disabling them temporarily could help boost the signal strength. This is again a temporary solution and can be tried when you are desperate to make a call or waiting for one.
8. Change your service provider: If you find that people living close to you have no difficulty because they’re on another carrier, you can take a call to change the carrier. This happens where your carrier may not have too many customers in that locality and has not therefore bothered to add more towers. The other carrier may have a large customer base and therefore installed more towers.
9. Get your phone checked: If, after trying all these tips you are still having problems with the signal strength on your smartphone, there may be a need to check if your phone is perfectly in order. Take it to the nearest service point of the phone maker and have the device examined for any damage or other issues that might be causing the signal to be weak.