There is nothing more frustrating than trying to use a phone in an area you know has a cellular signal or a strong data connection just because it doesn't work. You feel the feeling when web pages are slow to load,will not be updated and messages continue to feel like sending; pure frustration.
There is much going on to give your phone consistent voice and network connections, and it must be hiccup during that process.
Thankfully, it is most simple to fix a problem with the phone's signal as simple as activating and deactivating the aircraft mode. Other times, you need to take more drastic steps, such as restoring network settings.
Switching Airplane Mode
Changing the phone's connection is the fastest and easiest way to try to fix your signal failure.
Android : You can swipe down from the top of the screen to display the Quick Settings panel. Tap the Aircraft icon and then wait for the phone to be completely disconnected from Wi-Fi and mobile connections. It does not go straight, so give it 30 seconds before pressing the Airplane Mode icon again.
iPhone: Open control center –series Users can swipe down from the upper right corner, swing older iPhone models from the top of the bottom of the screen – and press the Airplane mode icon . It turns orange when activated. Wait up to one minute before turning it off.
Restart the phone
Our phones are miniature computers, and just like computers you can sometimes fix problems by restarting them.
Android : Press and hold the power button until the on-screen menu appears and then select restart. If your phone does not offer a restart option, press and hold the power button until the screen turns black and then on again.
iPhone : If your iPhone has a home button, press and hold Sleep / Wake until the power switch is displayed. Drag the slider to the right. When the device is off, press and hold Hibernate until you see the Apple logo.
Users of the iPhone X series must press and hold the side button along with either the volume up or down at the same time. Eventually, the same switch will pop up; Slide it to the right to turn off the phone. When the phone is off, hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.
Remove SIM card
Another troubleshooting step to try is to remove and then put your SIM card back in the phone when the phone is turned on. You need a SIM card tool – usually included in the phone's box – or a folded paper clip to get the SIM tray out of the phone.
All phones : Remove the SIM card, check
eSIM : For ($ 1 100 on Amazon ), to see if it is damaged and in the SIM tray properly, then replace it in the phone. ) or Pixel 3 ($ 715 at Walmart) users using an eSIM – that is, the built-in electronic SIM card in your phone – there is nothing for you to remove . The best thing you can do is restart the phone.XS Max
Tips for your iPhone
Apple's troubleshooting signal support page has some of the tips mentioned above, but it also highlights two things to try to be specific to the iPhone. 19659035] Check carrier settings
View the carrier settings on your iPhone to search for an update.
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If you've been using an iPhone for a while, you've probably seen a warning, even if it's just short, that your operator settings are up to date. These updates help iPhone optimize connectivity.
To force your iPhone to check an operator settings update, open Settings > General > About on your phone. If an update is available, you will be prompted to install it.
Reset network settings
Sometimes you just need a clean slate to fix an annoying problem. Updating your phone's network settings is another tip that Apple suggests you try.
However, if you reset the network settings, you will also reset all saved Wi-Fi passwords, VPN connections, and any custom APN settings for operators needing additional settings.
If you are fine with it, go to Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings . Confirm your selection and restart your phone. Just remember to reconnect your phone to your home and work Wi-Fi networks.
Contact your operator
Sometimes, unexpected signal problems can be traced to problems with your wireless operator. A cell tower may be down, or the tower's fiber optic cable could have been cut and caused an interruption.
In order for consistent problems to be locked in and remain in a cellular or data network, it is possible that your carrier's coverage does not extend into your neighborhood. Some operators will offer a network extension, a device that acts as a small wireless tower based on your internet connection, eg. AT & T's MicroCell or T-Mobile's Personal CellSpot.
Other times, a buggy problem may be due to a defect with your phone or a SIM card that has gone bad. When contacting your carrier to begin troubleshooting after attempting these corrections, the next best step is to resolve your mock signal.
Originally posted April 10 at 06.00 pt.
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