With the Internet and WiFi penetrating each household in the world, 4G LTE (fourth-generation long-term evolution) has made sure that everyone is connected wherever they go. It is a communications standard that allows mobile devices to get Internet access.
So as long there’s mobile signal, the Internet is within reach.
However, no matter how reachable a mobile signal is, there are times when the signal is just not strong enough to connect to the Internet.
When there are only one or two bars in a network’s signal, don’t expect to browse the internet smoothly. But don’t worry; here are some tips to improve a phone’s signal.
Don’t Block the Antenn
In the days of analog cellphones, antennas are located outside of the phone to get the best signal. But smartphones now have antennas built inside for less obstruction. However, antennas detect signals better when there’s nothing blocking it.
Cell phone peripherals that are mounted on top of the phone causes signal blockage, so remove them when trying to get a reception.
Also, one’s hands can also block the signal. Hold the phone in a way that the hands are not touching the top part of the phone.
Move to an Open Area
Trees, buildings, walls, more walls, electrical devices, and heavy weather: all these things interfere with the signal from satellites. If there isn’t any signal indoors and one really needs to connect to the net, go outside to an area where there are no obstructions.
It’s also beneficial to locate where the nearest cell tower is in order to know which area in a house or office has the strongest signal.
Switch from 4G to 3G
Most Android phones already have 4G connectivity, but in some rural areas, 4G has low network coverage. In cases like this, consider going to the phone settings and switching from 4G to 3G network to check if 3G is faster.
It also helps to switch in 3G when in a populated area, because most Android devices compete to get Internet connectivity in a 4G network.
Also, 3G consumes less battery, so it’s better to use 3G when it’s going to take a while to find an outlet for charging a phone.
Buy a 4G Booster
Consider purchasing a signal booster to extend the area of your mobile network.
With an antenna, the booster receives the satellite signal from outside a building, transmits it to the amplifier installed inside, and the amplifier will do its magic of spreading the signal in hard-to-reach areas of your home or office.
It costs you money to buy a signal booster, but it pays in the long run.
If a heavy-duty booster is necessary, WeBoost Connect 4G-X is one of the best available in the market, with up to 10,000 sq. ft. coverage inside and supports 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE networks.
It’s specifically tailored to boost networks within the US, like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular, Alltel, and T-Mobile, among others.
One Last Thing to Note
Aside from the ones mentioned above, there are other tricks to improve 4G signal. If all of the above doesn’t work for a phone, it’s possible that the phone’s antenna itself is defective, and in that case, a repair shop is the best place to go.