12 Best Ways to Improve Your Cell Signal
4th Aug 2020 /
by Wilson Amplifiers / Comments

12 Best Ways to Improve Your Cell Signal

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How do I improve my cell phone signal? With the rise of remote work and video conferences, it’s more important than ever to stabilize that speedy connection. Nobody wants to be the frozen guy on the Zoom call…

The list of culprits that lead to cell signal interference is long, but lucky for us, so is the list of ways to improve cell signal.

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1) Cell Phone Signal Booster from Wilson Amplifiers

Of all the ways to improve cell signal, a cell phone booster is hands down the best option. Cell phone signal boosters are available in a wide variety of models to fit your needs, and can be used in the home and office, as well cars, boats, RVs… you name it!

Regardless of your interference issues, a cell phone signal booster will capture the nearest 4G and 4G LTE signal, amplify it, then re-broadcast your new, superpowered signal directly to your cell phone and data-driven devices.

So many cell phone service issues are beyond any individual’s control, but a cell pnone booster makes it easy to overcome the most common causes. As long as you can locate the faintest whisper of a signal, our boosters can give it the juice it needs to deliver high-speed results.

How cell phone boosters help:

  • Improve 4G, 4G LTE & 3G for any phone or cellular device across all US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, and more
  • Use omnidirectional or directional antennas to capture existing cellular signal
  • Amplifier boosts signal to AND from the cell tower
  • One-time purchase with no monthly fees
  • No internet or WiFi connection required
  • All boosters sold by Wilson Amplifiers are pre-approved by the FCC & all carriers

2) Eliminate Obstructions

That instinct to go outside, open a window, or climb up to the roof to find a better signal makes perfect sense. Walls, trees, weather… if you can see it standing between you and your cell tower, chances are it’s interfering with your signal.

To improve your cell reception, it’s best to eliminate as many of these obstacles as possible. Though moving mountains isn’t your most realistic solution, the things you can control, like a closed window or a rogue branch could add to your list of ways to improve cell signal.

What’s blocking my signal?

  • Building materials - metal, energy efficient glass, concrete, wood, etc.
  • Nature - mountains, valleys, trees, hills, dense foliage, pine cones (yes, pine cones)
  • Radio frequency (RF) interference - electronics, metal, magnets
  • Other people - high traffic leads to network congestion
  • Weather - storms, clouds, precipitation
  • Cosmic Events - solar flares, nearby asteroids, and the like. Not much to be done about these!
  • Distance - the further the tower, the weaker the signal

If you can work your way around any of these obstructions, your signal should improve. In many of these cases, relocation and/or removal aren’t an option, so a cell phone signal booster can step in to solve the problem. Fortunately, signal boosters are powerful enough to penetrate the many obstacles that stand between your device and the cell signal you need.

3) Locate your nearest cell tower — then get as close as possible

The peace and quiet of the country provides a calming escape, far away from everyone and everything… including the cell phone signal required to stay connected. As mentioned in the list above, the further your signal has to travel, the weaker it gets. But if you can pinpoint the location of the nearest tower, it does give you the advantage of orienting yourself to get as close as possible. And as a bonus, this is an important step in installing a cell phone signal booster, so if you decide to get one later, you'll be a step ahead of the game.

4) Switch to WiFi

If you have access to a consistent WiFi connection through a broadband internet provider, then WiFi Calling is a great option when your cell signal is unreliable. All major carriers (like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint) support WiFi calling on most smartphones, so if you’re working with an Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, Google Pixel, LG phone, or other iOS & Android devices you should be covered.

Keep in mind, your signal strength relies on the strength of your WiFi connection, so if your home internet is choppy or slow, your WiFi Calling will be slow too.

5) Keep your battery charged

It takes a lot of battery power to search for a faraway signal, and then work overtime to hang on to that fleeting reception. So do your best to keep that battery charged, because weak signals not only drain your battery, but resorting to low power mode will make it harder to keep your signal engaged.

A few easy tips for conserving battery life:

  • Turn off hardware like Bluetooth & NFC when not in use
  • Lower screen brightness
  • Close background apps
  • Turn off push notifications
  • Avoid extreme temperatures

6) Femtocell

A femtocell (or microcell/network extender) is a piece of equipment that converts broadband landline internet into a cellular signal (and vice versa). Think of it as your own little cell tower.

Each service provider has their own branded spin on the femtocell, so look for names like AT&T Microcell, Verizon Network Extender, T-Mobile CellSpot, Sprint Airave or Magic Box. Keep in mind, some carriers have begun phasing out their femtocell programs.

The average femtocell costs between $100 and $300, along with a monthly subscription fee to add on top of your existing internet bill. Also, to work properly, you'll need a minimum speed of up to 10 Mbps download and 5 MB Mbps on your landline internet.

While the device itself is a little cheaper than a cell phone signal booster, the service fees can add up over time. If you’re looking for a temporary fix, then a femtocell could help, but a cell phone signal booster is still your best option for strong, long-term coverage.

7) Don’t block your antenna

Unlike older mobile phone models that propped their external antennas on top for all to see, today’s smartphones keep their antennas hidden securely inside. Streamlined and compact? Yes, but it’s still possible to interfere with your cell signal by covering up the internal antenna. In fact, you might be surprised to learn that this is one of the most common causes of dropped calls on smartphones.

Heavy duty phone cases, orientation, and your own hands can get in the way if you’re not careful. Most smartphones work best when held with one hand — or, even better, hands-free — in an upright position. Experiment with your phone case and positioning to make sure that the interference isn’t coming from an unintentional antenna blockage.

8) Troubleshoot

Unexpected service interruptions are a hassle, but it helps to know if it’s your phone that’s struggling to connect or the signal itself.

First things first, try a restart. While you’re powered down, check your SIM card for damage. If it looks good, give it a quick wipe with a dry cloth, reinsert, and turn your phone back on.

Next, check for updates. Bugs happen, and staying on top of updates gives you the best chance to keep them in check.

Toggling Airplane Mode on and off can also give your phone the chance to stop and reassess, ensuring that you’re connected to the nearest cell tower.

Finally, don’t forget to make sure that Cellular Data is turned ON under Settings.

If you’ve exhausted your troubleshooting options, and are still experiencing issues, then it might be time to move on to option #7.

9) Invest in a new phone

It’s not the news you were hoping for, but if you’ve been using the same phone for more than 4-5 years, there’s a good chance that it’s just not operating at peak performance anymore. Cell phone technology progresses quickly, with updates and new features rolling out at break-neck speeds. On top of that, certain phone manufacturers have been known to intentionally slow down their older phones to get you to upgrade. If you’re experiencing slow speeds and dropped calls on your elderly phone, it might be time to consider taking advantage of any available upgrades.

10) Consider a Mobile Hotspot

Like your WiFi router, a mobile hotspot (or 4G router, mobile WiFi router, LTE modem, etc.) can provide an internet connection by broadcasting a cellular signal — but instead of using a broadband landline connection like WiFi, it connects to 4G data networks.

Because mobile hotspots rely on the same cellular network as your phone, they won’t actually strengthen your signal unless you choose a model with a powerful external antenna.

Mobile hotspots are a great option for people who need to stay connected on the go, and they can actually work wonders with a proper signal booster.

We offer cellular hotspot signal boosters if you're having trouble getting signal for your hotspot, as well.

11) Try out a new network provider

First things first, check with your existing provider to make sure that your sudden signal crash isn’t the result of a downed tower or maintenance. And once they know that you're having connectivity issues, they should be able to help you troubleshoot. Then your solution is a little time and patience.

But if your cell service carrier hasn’t earned your undying devotion, then why not shop around? Even though Verizon has been proven to have the best coverage overall, that doesn’t mean that your nearest tower can’t be owned by AT&T, T-Mobile, or Sprint. You can check a carrier coverage map to make sure they serve your area.

Check out the carrier heatmap for your location using the Open Signal app. Search by ZIP code to compare network rankings in your area. A little research can help you make an informed decision.

Network providers are chomping at the bit to get you on-board, so take advantage of the many perks of switching up your service.

12) Consider satellite internet

If you’ve gone off-the-grid, satellite internet providers like HughesNet, ViaSat (formerly Exede), DISH, and Earthlink can pull a connection from space. If your location is truly remote, satellite internet could be your only option — though the high cost and slower service make it more of a last resort.

So how do I improve my cell phone signal?

Of all the ways to improve cell signal, there are very few situations that can’t be vastly improved by Wilson Amplifiers. As the leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, our wide selection amplifies cell signal for any phone on any carrier for your home, office, or vehicle.


1. How do I find if Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile or Sprint serves my area?

2. How do I test Verizon’s, AT&T’s, or any other carrier’s speed?

3. Who has the best cell phone coverage & service?

Historically speaking, Verizon has been the leading wireless provider followed by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. With the merger between T-Mobile and Sprint, and T-Mobile’s improved performance, it looks to be a tighter race.

However, the most important thing is where you’re going to be using your phone most of the times and if there’s a carrier cell site nearest to you.

4. What is the best mobile phone for poor reception areas?

The Samsung Galaxy seems to be a good performer in weak signal areas with up to +6 dB gain compared to Apple iPhone, Google Pixel, OnePlus, LG, and Motorola. However, it’s important to note that if you’re in a dead zone, no phone, regardless of weak signal performance, will have service.

5. How can I make the antenna signal stronger?

Technically, you can’t make your antenna signal stronger. It’s an internal component within the phone.

Charlatan products like cell phone antenna cases, stickers, and apps claim to make a difference, but they won’t make a noticeable change. DIY hacks and homemade antennas may slightly help, but you risk damaging your phone.

While you can’t make your antenna signal stronger, you CAN make the incoming signal to your antenna STRONGER. Keep reading.

6. How do I improve mobile strength? Which method is best?

If you already have landline internet and have acceptable speeds–up to 10 Mbps download & 5 Mbps upload–using WiFi calling is the best method to get better internet, talk, text, emails, and video streaming.

If you don’t have landline internet and don’t have access to it, a cell phone signal booster is also a great device because it amplifies weak signal and then rebroadcasts the new signal into your home, office, or vehicle.

7. What is dBm?

dBm (decibel-milliwatts) is a unit of measurement to express the power, in this case, of cellular signals and radio frequency waves. All cellular devices operate between -50 dBm to -120 dBm. Closer to -50 dBm is good signal. Closer to -120 dBm is poor signal.

8. What is a good signal strength for a cell phone?

  • -50 to -70 dBm is great signal.
  • -71 to -85 dBm is good signal.
  • -86 to -95 dBm is fair signal.
  • -95 dBm to -110 dBm is poor signal.
  • -111 to -120 dBm is near-dead signal.

- 95 dBm is generally considered the limit for working signal. Anything worse and you'll have spotty service.

9. How will 5G affect my cell phone service?

It won’t for awhile. While 5G will launch in 2020 (the real 5G), 4G LTE will be around and is still being built out in North America and will last until at least 2030-2035. 4G LTE is the backbone of America’s mobile network.

5G isn’t expected to reach mainstream nationwide until 2030.

Who are you and how can you help me?

Wilson Amplifiers is a leading provider of cell phone signal boosters, devices that amplify 4G & 3G LTE for any phone with any carrier for home, office, or car. We’ve boosted over 10,000,000 sq ft of signal for homes, buildings, and vehicles across America and Canada.

  • Free consultation (ask us anything) with our US-based customer support. Email: ( Phone: 1-800-568-2723.
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  • 90-day (seriously) money back guarantee. You want to make sure you're satisfied.

Our goal is simple: keep people connected. Ask us anything and we'll be glad to help.

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