How is the cell phone coverage in your home? Just like a WiFi or any other signal, it can be disrupted by the design or things within your home. There is nothing more annoying than missing important phone calls or notifications. Below is a list of steps to improve your cell signal in your home or home office.
Try Different Rooms
It can be a delicate dance, walking around your home, looking for the best spot for the most bars. Dead places in homes or offices are frequent. Building materials or heavy furniture contribute to dead spots. Once you find a decent spot, remember for times you need to make a call. However, this is not an ideal solution, especially if the dead spot is where your desk or living room is.
A new, widely available feature is WiFi Calling. WiFi Calls allows calls to be sent and receive over your home or office WiFi network instead of your carrier’s. To turn on WiFi Calling on Apple devices: Settings > Phone > WiFi Calling. These settings will be in different places, depending on the manufacturer for Android devices. Open up the Settings app, search WiFi Calling in the search bar at the top. Some carriers may require extra fees or additional hoops to activate WiFi Calling.
Remove The Case
The case on your phone could be affecting your signal. Rugged cases or cases reinforced with metal could reduce your signal reception. Remove your case to see if the signal improves; if it does, you should look for a different case.
Verify Your Settings
If none of the above restored your signal, the next step is to dive into the settings. Firstly, check to see if you have any software or carrier updates. These may contain a fix to the signal issue. Secondly, check the network settings of the device. Apple users can find the carrier settings by Settings > Cellular. Samsung users: Settings > Network & Internet. If they are not there, try Settings > Connections > Mobile Networks.
Lastly, if none of these look incorrect, try resetting the network settings. Apple users: Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. The location for Android users will vary from device to device. It might be under: Settings > System > Reset options > Reset WiFi, mobile, and Bluetooth or Settings > General management > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Most carriers offer some network extender. This device will use your broadband WiFi network to create a cellular network in your home. Carriers sell these devices but if you complain of weak signals, it may be provided for free. One downside of these devices is the handoff between the home network and cell towers. The call has the possibility of dropping during the transition.
Alternatively, if none of the steps above improve the signal, changing to a different network is worth considering. Some networks will cover specific areas, or their coverage is limited to certain areas. The further away you are from a major metropolitan or suburban area, the more spotty coverage will be. Make sure you research the various alternatives and what areas they cover. To find out how many cell phone towers a carrier has in an area, check out Cell Mapper.
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