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This tag deals with reception issues, which can apply to a variety of radio signals such as cell radio, WiFi, and others.

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How to differentiate between a full signal icon and an empty signal icon on my Andriod Device?

My question is not a duplicate of this post as in that the OP is asking for the difference between the network icons for a rooted device whereas mine is for mobile signal icons in an un-rooted ...
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Complete signal lost

I flashed my Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S53660 to its stock ROM but I lost signal completely. I have tried to manually search for networks but it won't show any. My phone was unlocked because I am from ...
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Can you restart data service with full strength & orange indicator?

With some regularity (6-7 times per month) my Android 4.4 phone gets into a data-wedged state where the connection is shown as full-strength LTE, but without connectivity (the icon is orange in the ...
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Low Signal Strength on Samsung devices based on location running JellyBean

I have an android running Cyanogenmod 10.2 (JellyBean). I find that both mine and the following phones with stock firmware experience low signal strength when me and my colleagues reach work on the ...
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View LTE Carrier Bandwidth & Number of Antennae

On the iPhone, there is a field test menu that looks like this and it shows the LTE carrier frequency bandwidth (10MHz in the screenshot) as well as the number of antennae in use. This is helpful in ...
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Signal and Wi-Fi coverage loss on Samsung Galaxy S4

I have a Samsung Galaxy S4 (i9505), rooted with CyanogeMod 11. Recently, I moved to the stock Samsung ROM with the KitKat update, and I noticed a big loss on both signal and Wi-Fi coverage. How do ...
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Can I increase signal strength on my Samsung Galaxy s4 active?

I recently purchased a used Samsung Galaxy S4 that used to be on AT&T, but it has been unlocked, or something so that I can now use it on Koodo (canadian carrier). The signal is very weak. It's ...
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Convert signal strength to dbm

I've got this app which shows network signal strength as a positive integer value btw 5 and 35. Another app uses negative integers like -99dbm. Is there a way to convert the positive values (unit ...
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On the verge of 3G reception — how to find the best position

In my apartment, it seems like I'm on the verge of having 3G reception with my current carrier. It's only if I place and leave my Galaxy Nexus on the window, and in a certain position and time of ...
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Any way to reduce the frequency of searching for a signal

My fiancee just got my old SGS2 when I got my new N5. The problem that she's having is that there is no cell reception at her work. And because of this, her phone is constantly searching for a ...
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Can 2 smartphones malfunction if they are hold together in the pocket for long times everyday?

I apologize for my ignorance but I am not very tech savvy. Basically I do a field job and I always have 2 phones in one of those bags you put around your waist. I had 2 Samsung galaxy S2 in the ...
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GSM signal lost - howto get signal back without restarting

Several times a week I have the problems where the GSM signal is lost on my phone, due to bad coverage in that area. The real problem for me is that when that happens, and when I move to a place with ...
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Determine strength of the cell antenna in an Android phone to ensure good cell reception

In some parts of the world, the cell towers are few and far between. In places like these, when someone is shopping for their next smartphone upgrade, they need to consider cell reception. Boosters ...
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What are the different signal indicators avalable on the notification bar?

The signal indicator on my phone often shows "3G" or "H+" in the signal indicator. When there's no connectivity it doesn't show anything. I'm referring to the icons in the status bar like these: ...
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How does android (stock) calculate the number of bars representing mobile signal quality?

I am interested in how Android (assuming unmodified AOSP code) calculates the number of bars representing mobile signal quality? Also, if you know the place in code where this is done, I would ...
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No signal on custom roms (SGS2+)

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 plus and rooted it via Odin and put CWM on it, with which I installed the unofficial Cyanogenmod ROM and later P.A.C. Unfortunately I had massive issues with the signal: ...
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What causes my Android phone to heat on low signal

I have noticed that 3 of my Android phones heat on low signal (Nexus4, Xperia U, and HTC One) 40~50C. My friend has an iPhone and it doesn't seem to heat as much (30C). So, why does this happen? Why ...
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Does GPS signal quality influence battery life?

Does bad/weak GPS signal affect battery life? For instance, when in the city downtown with lots of tall buildings or in the woods or mountains, will running GPS drain the battery faster?
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Why is device not showing the phone signal bars anymore?

It's been happening for a while now but I've just gotten around to posting this issue. I'm running Cyanogenmod 10.1 on my Galaxy Note 2 but one fine day, it stopped showing me the signal bars. I've ...
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Do signal booster apps work? How?

I do not have the best signal on my Galaxy S4. I have had a recommendation on downloading a Signal Booster App. How do they work (or do they work at all)? Are there ways to boost my signal strength ...
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My Sony Xperia E keeps losing coverage

Both a Sony Xperia E today and its randomly losing coverage out of nowhere? I always have coverage with every other phone but this phone I keep losing signal! Is this a software issue or can it be ...
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How can I automatically connect my phone to the stronger Wifi signal around it?

I have a Google Nexus 4 and have two wi-fi networks that I use in my home. Since they are in some range of one another my phone stays connected to the router that's farther away from the one I'm ...
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After rooting my verizon Galaxy S3, I have no data or cellular connection?

So, when I first rooted my phone, everything worked fine. I had used CM 10.1 (Or at least some version of Cyanogenmod). Being curious, I wanted to try other ROMs. I then installed MUIU v5. Didn't like ...
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My Samsung Galaxy S2 keeps saying not registered on network when I try to phone

My Samsung Galaxy S2 keeps saying not registered on network when I try to phone also a no entry sign where the signal bars should be keeps randomly appearing. Does anyone know how to fix it or whats ...
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How to make android prefer mobile data when wifi signal is very weak

When I leave home or the office there is a ring around it where I simply have no connection at all. This is because the WLAN network from my router at home or the one at the office is detected, but ...
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Poor signal strengths on Samsung S950C Galaxy S Inside the house

I recently bought the Samsung S950C Galaxy S phone from Walmart and am considering returning it. (I wanted the Galaxy SII but was told by a sales person that it wouldn't work in my area (03813)). The ...
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Is there a way to switch between radio modes without the phone radio completely shutting down?

Is it possible to have the radio switch between WCDMA Preferred mode, GSM mode, and WCDMA only, for example, without the radio switching off and on again? The radio completely loses signal during the, ...
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Nexus 4 getting “No Service” until a reboot after losing signal

I've got a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.1 on AT&T (via Straight Talk). I've noticed that sometimes at work (low signal area) instead of getting low bars (zero to two at my desk) I'll get "no ...
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How to monitor signal strength?

I own a Samsung Nexus S 4G on Sprint, and I am having terrible but intermittent problems with my signal quality on my phone. I have reasonably high certainty that this is a hardware issue (my wife has ...
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What is *Cell standby* and how can I keep it from eating my battery?

Looking up my battery statistics, I almost always find Cell standby amongst the top consumers: I never thought that "idle" would use so much energy. I saw that other people encounter similar ...
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Does 'poor' reception deplete the battery quicker?

In the area where I live I sometimes have trouble with reception. The Internet stops working for me or it takes time to load pages. The phone tries and tries to connect. It seems to me that when this ...
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Low Signal Strength after Firmware Upgrade

When I first bought my Samsung Galaxy S (GT-I9000) phone a month ago, it had it's factory installed 2.1 Eclair running. Despite many 'Android Market' apps not being compatable with it, my signal ...
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Allow wifi weak signal connect

I have 2 ZTE Blades (with 512 Mb RAM) and CM7 2.3.7 (Kang) from BurgerZ ROM installed on them. One of them - my girl's - can connect to home and other (public i.e. McDonalds) wifi AP's even if it's ...
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What can I do when my GPS doesn't work (or if my tablet doesn't have GPS)?

The problem: I want to use an (offline|online) navigation app but: I have an Asus Transformer Prime with very bad GPS reception I have a tablet without GPS (e.g., a Nook Color) My phone has a very ...
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No GPS reception on Asus Slider SL101

I am the owner of an ASUS SL101 tablet, runing Android 4.0 (ICS). Using the "GPS Test" app, I cannot get any GPS signals, even when standing outside for extended periods of time. I have a standalone ...
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My Galaxy Nexus can't hold on to a signal

I have an unlocked international-version Galaxy Nexus on the German T-Mobile network. It's only about a week old, but more than once in that time I've seen the signal drop completely out, and won't ...
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Do external booster antennas help with 4G reception?

I have a Sprint HTC-EVO 4G. Today it's snowing, I'm in a downtown high-rise, and I'm only getting 3G. Would a booster antenna help (either now, or in general)?
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Galaxy SII not reporting Signal Strength

I recently bought a Samsung Galaxy SII which in general has worked perfectly for me. My only issue is that the phone won't report the signal strength. If I get to the phone information (using the * # ...
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Best Wi-Fi Performance Doesn't Do Anything

In wireless options there is such setup, but it does not do anything. It doesn't increase coverage or signal. And i think it does not consume more power. Why? Because this option does not apply ...
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Phone won't connect to mobile network

As of yesterday my phone was okay as I know I had a missed call and checked it on voicemail, but today I noticed that it is showing no signal when there should be one. The last thing I know I did was ...
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Does Gingerbread use extra battery power to make calls when the phone has poor signal?

Since I got this phone (Galaxy S, originally on Eclair, then Froyo) and switched network provider, I've had major problems with the signal at home, and call quality as a result. Following the upgrade ...
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Does Nexus S Wifi and GPS have issues?

So there I was, happily reading reviews about Google's/Samsumg Nexus S building my judgement whether to buy it or not after my Nexus 1 got stolen. Happily enough there were very few posts on issues ...
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archos 7 wlan receiver antenna

Do you know in which side the wlan receiver antenna on archos 7 HT is located? I'm just wondering if it will affect the signal strength received if we cover the "spot", e.g. with our palm.
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Can I boost/improve reception on my Droid?

With a rooted phone and an app you can overclock or underclock your processor. Also, off Android, with some hacks you can boost power of a wifi router and wifi antenna. It seems to me that if you ...
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Any tips for phone stability?

My Moto Droid has seen great performance improvements with each new Android version, and has been much more stable and reliable with each version release. Recently I was in a situation where the ...