The iPhone, in a tooth and nail battle with the Android-powered smart phones, has a few options to boost signal strength to get clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and uninterrupted downloading, chatting and web browsing when inside your home, or when outside 3G and 4G network coverage areas. You should not have to go outside or hang out of a window to make or receive a call with such an advanced and expensive gadget. Being aware of the different ways to improve your iPhone reception will make your iPhone more usable, and enable you to get rid of the added expense of a landline telephone.
There are external antennas that hook up to your iPhone, and boost the signal, both incoming and outgoing, and, when coupled with a cell phone amplifier can make the worse reception areas in your home as clear as if you were standing near a cell phone tower.
Speaking of cell phone towers, there is a trick regarding the use of 3G and 2G transmissions that can also boost your iPhone’s signal, giving you much stronger and therefore better reception. When at home and not using any 3G or 4G network required apps, set your iPhone to 2G reception, so that you can take the advantage of the more complete coverage offered by 2G networks. Your iPhone will work perfectly on 2G networks for use as a cell phone.
Not all cell phone towers have 3G network coverage, so if you live in an area with limited 3G and 4G network coverage, turn off your 3G or 4G network, from the “Network” section of the “Settings” app on your home screen. Don’t forget to turn them on again in the morning before leaving home.
Another method of increasing your iPhone’s reception in your home, at the cottage or even at the campground is to set your smart phone in it’s charging cradle or docking station. When connected to a charging device, your iPhone should have one or two additional reception bars showing, making your reception incrementally better. The docking station should give you uncompromised reception, as long as you are within a 3G or 4G network coverage area. If not, switch your iPhone to 2G.
When at home, there is really no need for the WiFi or Bluetooth applications to be enabled, as they draw power from the reception. Therefore, you can increase your iPhone’s reception by turning of both your Bluetooth and WiFi applications while at home, or outside of 3G reception areas.
And, if your reception is still poor, it may just be user error, as many people put their thumbs on the antenna on the back of their iPhones. Make sure you know your iPhone by reading and understanding the user’s manual supplied with it.
When you have tried everything explained here, and you still have little to no reception and have verified, through your carrier, that you are in a strong signal area, one more chance at improving your iPhone’s reception is to reset your iPhone.
Follow your user’s manual for your specific iPhone’s reset procedure, and then start over again from the beginning, as this will return your iPhone to the state it was in when packaged. This should be your last resort, possibly even after approaching the store where you purchased you iPhone, to ensure that it is not a physical problem with your favorite gadget.