There are many ways to boost WiFi signal on Android to improve the speed and connection. Sometimes, even with all the necessary factors in place, you may still have issues with a WiFi connection on your Android device.
There are several reasons why your phone may have poor reception. Here are some fixes for poor signal strength.
Update the carrier settings
To update the carrier settings on your device, go to Settings > General > About. If an update is available, you’ll see an option to update your carrier settings. The specific steps may vary by carrier and device, but this should give you a general idea of what to do.
Restart your phone
If you haven’t restarted your phone recently, it’s a good idea to do that and see if that helps improve signal strength. After all, it’s always worth a try! To restart, select Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings. If prompted, enter your passcode, then tap Reset Network Settings to confirm the action.
Check for a software update
Like with carrier settings updates, sometimes software updates can fix bugs or other issues that could be causing poor signal strength. To check for a software update on your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update. If an update is available, follow the onscreen instructions to download and install it.
Use WiFi calling when you can
This is available on most carriers and most phones as long as you have a WiFi connection. It routes calls over the internet instead of the cellular network, so if you’re in an area with poor service, but plenty of WiFi hotspots, this can be your salvation. Just make sure that the WiFi network is secure (and not public) before using it for calls and texts.
Change Wi-Fi frequency band
Wi-Fi operates on 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, but not all Wi-Fi routers support both bands. If your router supports 5GHz then it’s recommended to use this over the 2.4GHz band.
Change Wi-Fi sleep policy
If you’re using an Android device, changing your Wi-Fi sleep policy is a good way to save battery and increase the amount of time your phone is connected to the signal.
To change your Wi-Fi sleep policy, go to Settings > Wireless & Networks > Wi-Fi Settings and tap the menu button.
Next, tap “Advanced” and choose either “Never” or “Only when plugged in.”
Choosing “Never” will keep your phone looking for a signal at all times, which can reduce battery life.
Choosing “Only when plugged in” will allow your phone to look for signals while it’s charging but not while it’s running on battery power.
Use a Wi-Fi range extender or repeater
Try using a Wi-Fi range extender or repeater to extend the router’s Wi-Fi signal into areas it can’t on its own. Place the extender halfway between your router and the dead zone. The extender uses the strongest Wi-Fi signal — from your router — to extend your coverage.
Also, move any objects that might be obstructing the wireless signal, such as metal objects or electronics. Anything that can interfere with radio waves can cause a weak Wi-Fi signal.
Turn off “Smart Network Switch”
The Smart Network Switch feature is designed to automatically switch your Wi-Fi signal to a mobile data connection when your Wi-Fi connection becomes unstable and is unable to maintain an Internet connection. However, this can also interfere with your device’s ability to maintain a consistent Wi-Fi signal.
Go to Settings > Wi-Fi > Click on the cog “gear” icon in top right corner. Turn off “Smart network switch” and you should be good to go!
So, there you have it—a few simple tips that should help improve your WiFi signal. Be sure to try them out and let us know which one you prefer. Good luck, and happy browsing!