There are many elements that can affect the proper functioning of your cell as for example the weather conditions or the distance from the tower.
but what can you do if, for some reason, your iPhone suddenly isn’t getting a good signal? Let’s find out.
Turn It Off and On Again
“Have you tried turning it off and on again?” It’s clichéd advice for a reason: rebooting stuff fixes a lot of problems. Your iPhone’s cell signal is often one of them.
In any operating system there are always many problems to solve and it is impossible to think about solving them all individually. To start everything afresh there is a simple way: turn off your iPhone and turn it on again. If, for example, it’s stuck on the 3G network rather than the 4G one, turning it off and on will force it to reconnect to the network. Similarly, if it’s a background process that’s causing the issue, that process will be terminated and restarted by a reboot.
Check for Network Outages
If the reboot operation does not give the desired result, there is likely to be an interruption of the service of your operator. If this is the case, there’s not a whole lot you can do until they fix whatever the problem on their end is.
Usually the information provided by carriers is fast and is published with a post on social media channels and on company websites. In addition, some companies provide customers with a dedicated hotline to request further information or to report an interruption. One way to quickly find updated information is to search on google by writing interruptions and the name of your operator.
There’s also DownDetector.com which crowdsources outage reports; if there’s a huge spike or reported outages on your network in your area, the fault is probably with your carrier.
Reset Your Network Settings
Every time you reset the network settings, all the network information you saved is deleted and you lose both the carrier settings and the Wi-Fi password. Sometimes the cause could be a bug in the iOS network management software, in this case you could solve this way:
Go to Settings> General> Reset network settings, enter your password and confirm that you want to restore your network settings.
Your iPhone will restart and once it’s back on, your network settings will be totally reset. If you use a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connection, you will need to reconnect.
What to Do If You Get Bad Signal at Home
The poor quality of your signal may be an occasional problem, but if it is common, your solutions are slightly different. If the home network coverage is poor, the solution is to use Wi-Fi that will allow you to make calls and send messages on your Wi-Fi network.
It’s often a lot easier to get fast broadband than a good cell signal inside a well built building.
You’ll need an iPhone 6 or later (or an iPhone 6s or later if you use AT&T, for some reason) to use Wi-Fi calling.
Some networks use cell boosters that amplify the signal and make it better. Another device that performs the same job is the femtocells a small cellular base station that uses broadband to connect to the network. They both work, but neither option is as good as Wi-Fi calling.
What to Do If Your Cell Signal Is Bad Everwhere
If you continue to have problems with your cell service, the cause could be one or more of these: your phone, your SIM card or the telephone network.
Each telephone network has a different coverage so if you decide to change your telephone operator make sure that the new provider offers reliable coverage. The best way to ensure you always have the best service is to choose a network with strong coverage every time the contract expires.
If your friends are satisfied with their network and only you have a bad signal and every action has not solved the problem you should try to change your sim with a new one. Not everyone knows that, like any technological device, even the sims are updated and you could an old model that fails.
If it’s not the SIM, then the only thing it can be is a hardware fault in your iPhone. If it’s still under warranty, contact Apple or your network and ask about getting it repaired or replaced. If it’s not under warranty, then your only real choice if you want a better signal is to get a new phone.