Despite the fact that more and more cell phone towers are built every day, network coverage can still be spotty depending on your location. Follow this guide for a quick run-down how to get better cell phone reception no matter where you are, and no matter what kind of cell phone you’re using. Below we outline some steps you can take to avoid the frustration of dropped calls and add more bars to your signal.
Figure out what’s causing the poor signal. There are many factors that play into your phone’s reception — your wireless carrier, the phone itself, the materials your house or car are made out of, and even your geographic location all play a role in determining your signal strength. Do your best to narrow it down to which one is causing the most trouble.
Move to a better location. If you have crappy reception inside your home or office, but it drastically improves whenever you go outside, there’s a good chance that the building is impeding your signal. If you’re outside and still can’t get good reception, try moving away from tall buildings, trees and anything else that could cause interference. If you’re in a rural area, try moving to a higher elevation.
Make sure your battery is charged. When batteries get drained past a certain point, they often have enough power to make calls, but not enough power to search for adequate reception.
Perform a signal refresh. Sometimes your phone gets stuck searching for the nearest cell tower, and all it needs is a signal refresh to establish a strong connection. This can be done by rebooting your phone completely, or by switching on airplane mode (if your phone has one) for a second and then turning it back off.
Install a repeater. if you have a weak signal in your house or car, try installing a wireless signal repeater. These things can be placed basically anywhere there’s a power outlet, and will catch incoming signals and then rebroadcast them — effectively strengthening your reception.
Get a booster. Cell phone boosters can juice up your phone’s signal output to three watts in some cases, which is much stronger than the standard 1/3 of a watt that most phones are capable of.
Check your network’s coverage map to make sure you’re in a good area. Just about every card-carrying wireless provider (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) will offer a detailed map of the areas their network covers. If coverage is spotty in your area, consider switching networks.