There is nothing more frustrating than trying to use a cell phone in an area where the signal is weak or absent. Indeed, if this problem depends on the area you are in is isolated, on other occasions it seems almost inexplicable. If it is truethat in many out door locations the network signal is weak and that even at home it may not be optimal in some rooms, it would be normal that even with just one “notch” the cell phone works normally. Not only to make calls and send messages, but also to connect to the internet. In addition, there are significant differences in signal reception depending on whether the phone is refurbished or new. While some cell phones always seem to have a network signal, others tend to have sudden and frequent drops and act as if they are stuck on the missing signal for several minutes before resuming normal operation.

Fortunately, there are sever always to solve the problems of poor cell signal reception on smartphones, with quick fixes or more drastic measures and even applications designed to wake the phone and automatically connectit to the nearest cell, rather than the farthestcell. In very simplified terms, the signal problem sometimes depends on the fact that the smartphone connects to a remote cell instead of the nearcell and is slow to change cells.

There are a few ways to solve signal problems

Method 1: Wake up the cellular connection

Changing the phone connection is the fastest and easiest way to try to solve signal problems. Simply turn on Airplane mode for at least 30 seconds, but no more than a minute, and then turn it off to turn the cell phone back on.

On Android, you can enable Airplane mode by dragging down the notification bar to bring up keyboard short cuts at the top where you will find the Airplane icon.

On the iPhone, you can do the same thing from the control center, which appears by scrolling up from the bottom or, on the iPhone X, by scrolling down from the top right corner.

Method 2: Restart your smartphone

As withany computer, even on modern smartphones, i.e. cell phones, many problems can only besolved by turning the phone off and on again.

To restart an Android smartphone, press and hold the power button until the on-screen menu appears with the restart button or, if itdoes not appear, until the screen turns black and then turns back on.

Method 3 : Remove the SIM card and reinsert it

Removing and reinserting the SIM cardinto the cell phone takesonly a few seconds in some cases, while in othersit can be more complicated and daunting. If you have a smartphone whereitis simple to remove the SIM card, thisis one way to restore the network signal. On the other hand, if youdon’t have the SIM card, simply skip the point.

Method 4 : Resetting the cellular network in the phone settings

You can reset the cellular network settings in each smartphone, sothat the phone can receive the signal correctly.

On Android smartphones, you can go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Mobile Network to finddifferent options to support the problem of weak or missing signal. In particular, you can change the preferred network type option, setting only 3G or only 4G and avoidingautomatic or, conversely, try the automatic option with even 2G if the phone still takes little.

Wetalked about it in a very detailed article on how to optimize signal and data reception on Android

On the iPhone, thereis an option to restore network connections. This option removes all Wifi passwords and APN settings, so it should only be used if the reception problem is too frequent or annoying. To do this, go to Settings > General > Restore > Restore Network Settings.

To conclude

In some cases, unexpected signal problems may be attributed to the operator. If you don’t receive Wind, Vodafone, Tre or Tim, you can first ask the call center or check the service status on the social channels, Twitter and Facebook.

In addition, the signal can be disrupted by more powerful wireless transmissions, such as those from a nearby crane for example.

If you are in an area where the signal is weak, and your smartphone never receives a good signal, you can consult the coverage map of cell phone operators in Italy, which is available free of charge and very accurate. It is obvious that if you notice a low network coverage, it is better to change operators.

On the other hand, the signal problem detected maybe due to a defect in the phone itself, or even in the SIM card. Trying the card on another smartphone can be useful to find out if the phone is broken and needs to be repaired, or if the SIM card does not work properly.