How to Boost Cell Phone Reception and Increase Cell Phone Range

Although cell phones enable you to make and receive phone calls without having to remain in a single physical location, an ongoing challenge with today's cell phones is the ability to use the device without an interruption in the cell phone's signal. A strong signal will decrease the likelihood that your calls will be dropped and allow you to transfer data at the highest rates your hardware can handle.

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Boosting your cell phone reception decreases the likelihood of dropped calls.
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Charge your phone's battery until the battery indicator on your device is green or reaches 100 percent. Your cell phone might automatically weaken your cell phone signal if the battery is low. Most devices allow you to charge by power cable or by connecting the device to your computer's USB port.

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Move away from metal structures, which interrupt cell phone signals. If you are inside a building, move towards a window.

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Ensure that your hand is not covering the device's antenna. Consult your device's user manual to locate the antenna.

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Consult your device's roaming settings. If you are using your phone in a remote area, enabling your device's roaming feature may boost your signal, as the device will connect to your network through available (and compatible) phone towers. Before enabling the roaming feature, contact your device carrier to inquire about roaming charges, which are likely to carry extra fees.