10 Cell Phone Life Hacks, For Better Reception

10 Cell Phone Life Hacks, For Better Reception

Hey, can you hear me now? In this video I’m going to show you 10 cell
phone life hacks, for getting better reception. Would you believe there’s actually no industry
standard for what the bars on your phone mean? It’s true.  4 bars on your phone could
translate to only 2 bars on another phone, so how can you tell what kind of service you’re
actually getting?  Well check this out. If you’re on an iPhone, try dialing *3001#12345#*,
then press call.  You can see it puts your phone in a secret “field testing” mode
that shows the real strength of your signal, in the upper left corner of the screen. 
I’ll show you why that’s important in just a second. In the mean-time if you’re an Android user
it’s even easier.   Just go to “Settings” —>“About Phone” —>“Status”,
and look for the “Signal Strength” indicator, which you may have noticed, is measured
in dBm. dBm stands for “decibel-milliwatts”, and to put things in perspective, -70 dBm is a
really great signal, while anything under -100 dBm is pretty much a dead zone.  The
scale’s exponential, which means a boost from -105 to -95 actually means, the signal
on my phone just got 10 times better.  And a shift from -105 to -75 isn’t just 30 times
stronger.  It’s over 1,000 times stronger. That a dramatic difference! Now try walking around your house, and stopping
in each of the rooms for a couple of minutes, to make a map of which areas have the strongest
signal, and which areas are the weakest. This way you’ll know all your ideal calling
locations, so you’ll know where to go, for quality conversations. Speaking of locations, let’s try to find
the phone tower you’re connected to right now.  If you have an Android, go to the “Play
Store” and download a free program called “Open Signal”.   Open it up and click
the tower icon on the left-hand side, and you’ll see it brings you to a map view,
showing all the towers in your area. Give it a minute, and you should see a red
line pops up between your phone, and the tower you’re connected to, which in most cases,
isn’t the closest one.  If you click the tower, you can get GPS directions to it in
the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. So, why not go for a little walk and make a “real-life” connection, with your cell phone tower?  By knowing exactly which direction
it is, you’ll be pointed the right way, on your quest for clarity. Quite often your phone will stay connected
to a tower, even if there’s a much stronger signal near by.  Of course this prevents
you from being tossed around from tower to tower, but it might be the same reason your
call quality is suffering.  Try rebooting your signal. You can easily do that by switching to airplane
mode for about 3 seconds, then switching it back.  If you don’t have airplane mode,
you can use “Open Signal” to refresh the network for you, or simply turn your phone
off, and turn it back on again. You know those times when you start getting
messages just when you take your phone out and check it?  It might not be a coincidence,
but instead, your messages might be getting delayed, and delivered late.  Glance down
at your battery level, and check to see if it’s low.  Your phone uses more power to
ping the towers when you’re actively using it, but conserves power when it’s on standby
mode.  And that might be the reason it’s not getting updated as frequently.  So if
you’re suspicious your messages are getting delayed, the solution could be as simple,
as charging your battery. By the way.  Flip it to airplane mode for
a few minutes, and it’ll recharge even faster. Modern day insulations and window tintings
are great for keeping buildings and vehicles cool, but they can be terrible for cell phone
signals, because it’s kind of like wrapping the building in aluminum.  Try doing that
with your cell phone the next time you’re on a call, and see what happens. In a similar way, your vehicle’s nothing
more than a big metal box with metallic tint covering the windows.  So if you notice you’re
struggling for a good connection on the road, the simple solution could be as easy as rolling
down the window.  You’ll probably find your signal more than doubles in strength,
which not only boosts productivity, but will probably boost your mood as well. It’s possible that your phone doesn’t
work very well because your carrier doesn’t actually cover your area. Get online and compare
your location with the coverage maps for all the different networks.  If you live inside
one carriers “dead-zone”, there might be another network that services your area
a bit better.  So solving the problem could be as simple, as switching providers. Now if you really like your carrier and don’t
want to switch, it’s no problem.  There is a way you can keep your network and still
boost your signal, and I’ll show you how that works in a couple of minutes. In the mean-time, another low-budget alternative
is to call your carrier and ask for the “customer retention department”. You might be able
to talk them into sending you a Femtocell, or a Cell-Spot Router, which is basically
a small, low-powered cell phone converter that connects through your internet. You should
be able to get service as long as you have an internet connection, but there are some
drawbacks you need to be prepared for.  Calling through the Internet doesn’t produce the
best call quality, and your Femtocell only works with your carrier.  That means it won’t
be compatible for anyone with a different network, and since it goes through your internet,
it’ll likely slow your connection as well. But as long as you’re ok with that, a Femtocell
or Cell-Spot Router, could be a good way to go. Another option is “Wi-Fi calling”.  If
you happen to be near a Wi-Fi hotspot, try switching your phone over to “Wi-Fi mode”,
and just like that you’ll be able to make and receive calls using your regular phone
number, but over the Wi-Fi network instead. This can be a great way to save on roaming
charges, if you’re traveling internationally, or maybe trying to send a message from 39,000
feet.  But keep in mind that not all phones and carriers will support this feature, and
if they do, it’ll still count against your monthly cell phone minutes, while slowing
your internet speed at the same time. Now if you want to fix the problem, rather
than just figuring out ways around it, try what I did and get a weBoost, cell-phone signal
booster.  The genius behind a signal booster is that it can take the weakest of signals
outside, and amplify them to full power inside. Which effectively, is like putting a mini
cell-phone tower right inside your room. This means you’ll get faster data speeds,
clearer conversations, and since your phone doesn’t have to transmit long distances
anymore, you’ll be saving power as well. Which means longer battery life. A signal booster will eliminate dead-zones
at the office, and even keep you connected on the road, which is perfect for anyone making
business calls on the go. And if you’re living way out in the boonies,
a booster may be just the right prescription, for curing, your “weak signal” condition. By the way the great thing about “weBoost”
technology is they work with every network, every carrier, and there’s really no limit,
to how many people can use it. Well now you know a little more, about how
your phone works, and 10 tricks for finding a clearer signal. So whether you live in an area with terrible
coverage, or just have a load of radio-blocking materials, between you and your tower, remember
you’ve still got options to boost your network’s signal, and get your voice heard. Well that’s it for now.  If you liked this
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Comments (18)

  1. Yo I have that android I'm watching the vid in the same android

  2. My signal was 120dbm

  3. I have -121DBm it sucks

  4. i now is T-Mobile

  5. I just moved to Alabama out on the NW region and this video and app helps a great deal. Keep up the great work.

  6. 4:23 to slow your sh*t.

  7. Rip mad you'll never be forgetting

  8. ⭐they really need to develop a simple antenna that can help you bypass all the metal and glass in your car so you can easily get a nice strong signal in your vehicle…

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