13 Ways to Get Better Cell Reception in Your Home
Getting lots of dropped and choppy calls at your house? Here are simple things you can do to fix the situation (that don’t involve throwing your phone in frustration).
Diagnose the problem
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The experts at Wilson Amplifiers identify five main issues that can cause poor cell reception. If any of these sound like they could be your problem, then keep reading to find a solution:
Long distance from a cell tower
Tall trees, hills, or high structures outside of your home
Heavy building materials (thick walls or energy-efficient installation)
Interference caused by electronics, metal objects, or anything magnetic in your home
Point toward the nearest cell tower
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The experts at signalbooster.com say that if you stand in the part of your house that is closest to the nearest cell tower is (try using the OpenSignal app to find where it is), you are likely to get the best signal, especially if you stand outside with nothing obstructing. Try these other 17 hidden iPhone hacks you never knew about.
Get near a window or go out in the open
Wikihow.com notes that thick walls or nearby structures can block your signal, so calling from deep inside a building or underground could be useless. Heading outside, or near an intersection if you’re already on the street, could improve the cell reception.
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“Higher positions, be it within a building, or on a hill outside, will reduce the probability of obstructions blocking the cell signal,” note the experts at signalbooster.com. The higher you go, the less likely something will get in your way. Get your hands on these cell phone accessories that will make your life easier.
Make sure your battery is charged
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“Having enough cell phone power is needed to get good cell reception and hold a phone call,” says Holly Zink, a tech expert for Digital Addicts. “To ensure your phone can get a signal, make sure your phone battery is above 25 percent.” Learn how to fix the sneaky things that kill your phone battery.
Use Wi-Fi calling
If your cell service is bad but you have good Wi-Fi, you’re set. The experts at Wilson Amplifiers point out that major carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint, support Wi-Fi calling. Simply connect to your network and dial away. Here are 10 cell phone etiquette tips everyone needs to know.
Turn airplane mode on and off
Ubersignal.com offers this quick fix: “If you’re in an area that should have good signal but your phone doesn’t show it, try turning on and off airplane mode to force the phone to reconnect.”
Update your software
Don’t ignore messages to update your carrier software, say the experts at ubersignal.com. Without the right updates, your phone might not know which tower to connect to, so downloading the new software could clue your phone in. Learn about the 12 hidden smartphone codes you should start using ASAP.
Don’t hold it in landscape mode
Every phone has a built-in antenna, and when you hold your phone sideways in landscape position, your hands may inadvertently be blocking it, say the experts at Wilson Amplifiers.
Take it out of the case
Likewise, if you have a thick case, it could be blocking your antenna’s ability to maintain cell reception. Removing it while you make your call could clear up the signal. You won’t even want to know exactly how gross your phone screen is.