Better cell phone reception – 8 things you can do RIGHT NOW
May 7, 2015 — by KEN PERKINS
If you’re driving, find a safe place to pull over and park for a few minutes. If walking, just stop. When you are stationary, your phone and the network don’t have to constantly adjust for your changing location. This makes it easier to get and hold a strong signal.
Change Your Location
If you’re at home, try different rooms of your house or apartment to see if you get better reception in any of them. If you’re in the workplace, move to the other side of the office or into the hallway. Cellular signal tends to fluctuate inside buildings, so by trying different locations you can often find a place that provides better reception.
Find a window
Building materials tend to obstruct cellular signals, and glass may allow signal to pass through more readily than, say, concrete walls or a metal roof. For better reception, go stand near a window to try your call. If you see little or no improvement at first, move to another window. If you know the location of your cell carrier’s nearest tower, find a window on the side of the building facing the tower.
Cell phone signal works on a line-of-site basis. Any obstructions between you and the tower can block and weaken the signal you receive. By increasing your elevation you reduce the chance of obstructions degrading your reception. So go up to the top floor of your home or office building. Or if driving, find a high spot and park there to try your call.
Sometimes you just have to give up the battle and go outside to make or receive a call. As noted above, anything between you and the tower can degrade your reception. Exiting the building may mean taking the elevator down 14 floors, or maybe you’ll have to park your car and step out. Not very convenient perhaps, but if you need to make a call this will immediately reduce potential obstructions. Unfortunately, inclement weather and traffic jams can sometimes make this suggestion really inconvenient. But it works!