Have you ever been in a situation where you can’t get a strong cell signal, perhaps while traveling, or camping, or in a large crowd? It can be very frustrating. You need to make a call or may even be on a call when, suddenly, the line gets dropped. Pretty soon you’re wandering around with your phone in the air looking like you’re offering it up as a sacrifice. We’ve all been there, so here are a few hacks that can help next time you find yourself in this position.
Find an opening. Don’t let a building mess with your signal. If you are indoors with a weak single, locate a window, balcony or go outdoors. Finding some wide-open spaces could help you find some service bars!
Reboot and re-try. Sometimes our electronics need to reboot, kind of like us when life gets a little hectic. Turn it off then turn it back on or flip your device to airplane mode for a few seconds, and your signal may improve. When all else fails, give this a shot. A new start might do the trick.
Improve your position. This hack is most likely to be beneficial while becoming one with nature when you’re at the lake, out camping or hiking. Lower valleys increase the chances of a spotty signal. If your service bars get lost in the wilderness, find a hill or higher elevation to help you connect better.
Stop competing and get some privacy. Being in a large crowd could leave you fighting for service. To better your service, find some space and break away from the group. Moving to a less populated area will also give you some privacy to make your calls without yelling and send your texts without someone looking over your shoulder.
Close apps not being used. If you’re anything like me, then the last twenty apps you looked at are probably still open and running in the background. Try closing out those applications and see if that enhances your signal, and if not, at least your battery will thank you!
Locate and use Wi-fi calling. Locating Wi-fi is the best-case scenario if you find yourself in a service dead zone. A coffee shop or bookstore may be your saving grace while out in the city. Out in nature, this option could be harder to come by. If losing service is not ever an option, purchasing a personal hotspot device might be a good investment.
If none of these options better your service circumstances, you may have to borrow someone else’s device. Ask a friend if you can quickly use theirs to take care of business that can’t wait. Not always an ideal option, but in the case of an emergency, this is a viable option.
Dropped calls and spotty service can be quite frustrating. Next time you find yourself in this uncomfortable situation, try some of these hacks and see if they help. It’s always good to have a few tricks at your disposal to get you through the tough times.