How to Improve iPhone Reception

By Joshua Duvauchelle

The iPhone may be able to run applications, download your email and play games, but it is first and foremost a cell phone. Nothing is more disappointing than getting a poor signal reception, which can reduce or even stop your ability to make or receive telephone calls. Improve your iPhone's reception so you can get the most out of your iPhone's capabilities.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone signal booster

Step 1

Remove any cases, sleeves or holding products that enclose your iPhone. These may interfere with your iPhone's call reception and call quality.

Step 2

Avoid holding the iPhone with your hand wrapped around the bottom back of the device. This is where the antennae is located. Keeping your hand there may reduce the phone's incoming and outgoing cell phone signals.

Step 3

Use an iPhone signal booster, available from various third-party manufacturers. These typically include small metallic strips that run adjacent to the iPhone's built-in antennae with the intention of boosting the strength of incoming cell phone signals.

Step 4

Turn off 3G service. AT&T, iPhone's official cell phone service provider, offers more widespread EDGE support (another network protocol) than 3G. Switching to EDGE in an area with poor 3G performance may boost your reception and call quality. Tap "Settings" on the iPhone. Press "General" and hit "Network." Click the toggle switch next to "Enable 3G" so it reads "OFF."

Tips & Warnings

  • One of the greatest causes of poor reception is interference, whether from concrete walls or a nearby appliance like a microwave. Walk around with your iPhone until you catch a better signal.
  • Disabling 3G on your iPhone will typically boost reception but will also limit the speed of data downloads.