How can I check cell signal in my area?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

To check the cell signal in your area, there are a few methods you can try. Here, I will outline a step-by-step guide for checking the cell signal on Android phones.

Method 1: Use the Signal Strength Indicator

1. Go to your phone’s home screen and swipe down from the top to access the notification panel.
2. Look for the signal strength indicator, which is usually represented by bars or dots.
3. The more bars or dots you see, the stronger the signal in your area. If you have no bars or dots, it means there is no signal or very weak signal.

Method 2: Use Field Test Mode

1. Open the Phone app on your Android device.
2. Dial *3001#12345#* and press the call button. This will open the Field Test Mode.
3. In the Field Test Mode, you will see a numerical signal strength value displayed in dBm (decibels per milliwatt) or ASU (Arbitrary Strength Unit).
4. A lower numerical value indicates a stronger signal. For example, a signal strength of -70dBm is stronger than -90dBm.
5. Note that the actual signal strength needed for reliable cell service may vary depending on your carrier and location.

Method 3: Use Network or Status Settings

1. Go to the Settings app on your Android device.
2. Look for the “About Phone” or “About Device” option and tap on it.
3. Depending on the model of your phone, you may find the signal strength information under either “Network” or “Status.”
4. Look for a section that displays the signal strength in numerical form, such as dBm or ASU.
5. Similar to Method 2, a lower numerical value indicates a stronger signal.

Method 4: Use Signal Testing Apps

1. Visit the Google Play Store on your Android phone.
2. Search for signal testing apps such as “Network Signal Info” or “OpenSignal.”
3. Install the app of your choice and open it.
4. The app will provide you with detailed information about your cell signal strength, including numerical values, signal quality, and network type.
5. Some apps may also provide additional features like signal maps and speed tests.

Remember that signal strength can vary depending on your location, distance from cell towers, and any obstructions such as buildings or trees. It’s always a good idea to test the signal strength in different areas to get a better understanding of the coverage in your area.

I hope this detailed guide helps you check the cell signal in your area effectively.