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[Tools, Tips & Tutorials] Tips on Boosting your Mobile Signal using Simple methods

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16:44, Dec-30-2015 | From PC
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This post was edited by Dezzmond at 14:19, Dec-30-2015

Hello all fellow MIUIers!

Have you often experienced troubles having a low mobile signal,trying to connect to your dear ones through calls or messages?I bet most of us experience this often, mostly indoors, may it be your office or your home or a remote area.

So today, I would like to share with you guys some simple tricks/hacks that might help you overcome these issues!

Firstly lets start from mobile signal.


  • How can you define a Mobile Signal?

A mobile phone signal (also known as reception and service) is the signal strength (measured in dBm) received by a mobile phone from a cellular network (on the downlink). Depending on various factors, such as proximity to a tower, any obstructions such as buildings or trees, etc., this signal strength will vary. Most mobile devices use a set of bars of increasing height to display the approximate strength of this received signal to the mobile phone user. Traditionally five bars are used as seen on MIUI.

  • What are the probable causes of a Strong signal or Weak singal?

Generally, a strong mobile phone signal is more likely in an urban area, though these areas can also have some "dead zones" where no reception can be obtained. Cellular signals are designed to be resistant to multipath reception, which is most likely to be caused by the blocking of a direct signal path by large buildings such as high-rise towers. By contrast, many rural or sparsely inhabited areas lack any signal or have very weak fringe reception; many mobile phone providers are attempting to set up towers in those areas most likely to be occupied by users, such as along major highways. Even some national parks and other popular tourist destinations away from urban areas now have cell phone reception, though location of radio towers within these areas is normally prohibited or strictly regulated, and is often difficult to arrange.

In areas where signal reception would normally be strong, other factors can have an effect on reception, or may cause complete failure (see RF interference). From inside a building with thick walls or of mostly metal construction (or with dense rebar in concrete), signal attenuation may prevent a mobile phone from being used. Underground areas, such as tunnels and subway stations, will lack reception unless they are wired for cell signals. There may also be gaps where the service contours of the individual base stations (Cell towers) of the mobile provider (and/or its roaming partners) do not completely overlap.

In addition, the weather may affect the strength of a signal, due to the changes in radio propagation caused by clouds (particularly tall and dense thunderclouds which cause signal reflection), precipitation, and temperature inversions. This phenomenon, which is also common in other VHF radio bands including FM broadcasting, may also cause other anomalies, such as a person in San Diego "roaming" on a Mexican tower from just over the border in Tijuana, or someone in Detroit "roaming" on a Canadian tower located within sight across the Detroit River in Windsor, Ontario. These events may cause the user to be billed for "international" usage despite being in their own country, though mobile phone companies can program their billing systems to re-rate these as domestic usage when it occurs on a foreign cell site that is known to frequently cause such issues for their customers.

The volume of network traffic can also cause calls to be blocked or dropped due to a disaster or other mass call event which overloads the number of available radio channels in an area, or the number of telephone circuits connecting to and from the general public switched telephone network.

So lets come to the purpose of this thread,How can you increase or boost your boost your Mobile Phone Signal? Here are some ways that you could try out!

  • How Strong is your signal?


First, it is important to find out how strong your signal actually is.While the bars on mobile phones are designed to give an idea of signal strength, they are not consistent across handsets.

In any android phone or MIUI, you can check this on your own to find out the actual signal strength by dialling *#*#4636#*#* . Then Press on Phone information.And the screen will display numerous data, including 'Signal Strength'.The actual signal strength measured in decibel-milliwatts(dBm).

The higher the dBm number the better the signal – for good conversations it should be somewhere above -100dBm as below that number signals become patchy and calls can fail.

  • Make a Signal Map by yourself

Using your phone’s signal strength, walk around your house or indoors to look for the areas with the strongest signal.

The signal strength may vary in different areas and this can help you identify the areas that give the best reception.

  • Increase your elevation


To get more signal, you need to either get higher in elevation so as to be clear of obstructions or move around the obstructions that are present. Some deem this the "Lion King" method, where you hold up your phone in midair like Rafiki held up baby Simba.(Just Kidding!)

Getting the best signal from the tower your mobile is communicating with requires an unimpeded line of sight.The higher you are, the less there is in the way to block to signal so going upstairs to make phone calls can make the signal better.

If you are on the lower floor of your house, try to check the signal on the upper floor,which might be prove a slightly or much better signal according to your location.If you combine this with going to the side of the house closest to the phone mast(tower) and opening the nearest window, you may get enough signal to have an uninterrupted conversation.

  • Try moving outside or open a window


Buildings and other large structures are very unfriendly to adequate cell phone signal.The walls and the insulation they contain can block signals from nearby mobile network towers and prevent your phone from communicating with it effectively.If you are having reception problems on the street, try walking to the nearest intersection, as there you may find better coverage.

Cellular band radio waves do not effectively penetrate earth: if you are underground you will likely receive no signal.In addition, try downloading a signal map tool.These typically work by pointing the user in the direction of their nearest cell tower and can be extremely effective in locating better coverage.

  • Find your nearest tower


While most people prefer not to live close to a mobile phone tower, it can bring its advantages. The closer you are to one, the stronger your signal.
However, mobile phones do not necessarily connect to the nearest tower.

There are various apps such as OpenSignal that can plot the towers in your area on a map and show which ones you are connected to.
This means you can try to ensure you phone is pointing in the right direction towards the tower you are connected to.

  • Resetting the connection to the tower

Mobile phones do not always connect to the closest phone tower, instead maintaining connection with a more distant one to prevent jumping from mast to mast.

By resetting the link between the phone and the towers, however, it can often cause the phone to reconnect to a closer mast.You can achieve this either by turning on the flight mode for a few seconds and turning it off again, or by restarting your device.

  • Change your grip


Some models of Apple's iPhone have been heavily criticised for their patchy reception and the company even admitted the way people hold their phones can influence the signal.However there is no report of any Xiaomi device experiencing this kind of issue.

Anyway the best solution if you are experiencing similar issue in any of your device, is to work out where your phone's antenna is located and avoid gripping that part of the phone. Simply adjusting your grip in a bad call may improve the signal.

Alternatively, try using a hands-free headset or earphones so you can avoid having to grip your phone around the antenna at all.

  • Switch providers

Last but not the least,for some householders, the problem may lie with the mobile phone network they are using. Some providers have better coverage than others, especially in rural areas.

By looking at coverage maps provided by bodies like Open Signal, it is possible to see which network will work best for you.

Hope these tips could help you guys!

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year ahead!

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