How to Improve iPhone Reception at Home

by David Lipscomb

Apple's iPhone is effectively a mobile computer with a phone attached. Placing calls while inside your home presents opportunities for a blocked signal. Metal studs and roofs, ductwork and other structural components all serve to interfere with the call strength. Fortunately, tried-and-true tricks and techniques reduce the risk of a dropped call at home with your iPhone.

Snap a case or bumper around the perimeter of the iPhone. The metal band surrounding the phone is the antenna. Placing your hand or finger over the small gap on the antenna can impair reception. Insulating the antenna with a case or bumper resolves the issue.

Tether a Bluetooth headset by tapping "Settings" and then "General" on the iPhone. Tap the "Bluetooth" option on the list. Slide the "On/Off" slider to the right to activate the feature. Follow your headset's instructions to pair it to the iPhone and then place your iPhone in a window or a spot in the home where you receive the best reception. Judge the signal strength by viewing the number of signal bars at the upper left corner of the iPhone display; more bars indicate a stronger signal.

Connect an Apple dock cable to the base of the iPhone. Connect the other end to a USB connector in your car or to Apple's AC power adapter. The many functions of the iPhone create a consistent draw on the battery. Keeping your battery charge above 10 percent of capacity normally results in fewer dropped calls and clearer reception indoors.

Plug a GPS-based cell phone booster into your Wi-Fi network. Snap an Ethernet cable into an open port on your Wi-Fi router. Connect the other end to the extender. Set the unit near a window. This creates a local cell "tower" in your home. Remember that this uses your cell plan minutes if you are operating on the 3G or 4G network as opposed to Wi-Fi.

Sign up for Skype. This Internet-based calling service is free when you call another Skype member and low cost for calls made from Skype to a non-Skype number. The app is free. Using Skype bypasses your iPhone's 3G or 4G network, saving minutes and avoiding cell reception issues you may be encountering in your home.


  • Keep your iPhone updated with the most current software revision. These revisions often contain stability and performance improvements that keep your iPhone operating as intended.


  • Opening the back of your iPhone to add a passive signal booster voids any warranty and is not recommended.

Items you will need

  • Cell phone signal booster
  • Apple iPhone case
  • Bluetooth extender

About the Author

David Lipscomb is a professional writer and public relations practitioner. Lipscomb brings more than a decade of experience in the consumer electronics and advertising industries. Lipscomb holds a degree in public relations from Webster University.

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