How to Improve iPhone Reception and Reduce Dropped Calls

By Techwalla Contributor

Got a new iPhone but are not happy with the reception it gets? The iPhone is a bit different from most phones. The internal antenna is not in the most ideal place for reception. To make matters worse your hand covers the spot where the signal comes out from. A number of options exist to get better iPhone reception both inside and out. Try one or more solutions until you find the perfect combination.

Step 1

Purchase a Bluetooth headset for your iPhone. Place the phone upright in a window after installing the headset. Since some homes have siding or metal backed insulation that blocks radio signals, a window is the best spot to get good reception.

Step 2

Move out into the open, away from obstacles so that the signal emanating from your phone has a clearer path to the tower. When in an area with poor cell phone reception wait until you reach an area of higher ground, such as a hill, and find a safe place to pull over and make a call. Cell phone signals tend are poor in low places since cellular signals essentially follow a "line of sight" from the tower.

Step 3

Charge your iPhone completely. A fully charged iPhone will transmit farther. Also, don't place your iPhone in any kind of metal case or one with a metallic finish. This reflects the radio signal back into the iPhone instead of out toward the cell phone tower.

Tips & Warnings

  • There will always be areas where cell phone reception is impossible and no booster, case, or other method will solve this problem.
  • There will always be areas where cell phone reception is poor and no booster, case, or other method will solve this problem.