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Top 5 Apps to Boost Smartphone Signal Strength

by Jenn

Top 5 Apps to Boost Smartphone Signal StrengthEvery year, mobile technology improves on what came before. Indeed, smartphones are some of the most efficient devices around. But cellular service, for all its benefits, is always hit or miss. Different providers offer different coverage areas and some are more conducive to clear talk than others. There are a number of tricks savvy smartphone users apply in order to achieve the strongest signal possible, from adding signal boosters to using their devices in the middle of an intersection, where there is more chance of a direct signal.

But these methods can b e expensive and prohibited. These days, there is an app to help with nearly everything, including the improvement of smartphone reception. Here are just a few good options.

Fresh Network – free, Android

This option searches for the best signal in the area and automatically connects to it. The best part about the app is that it clearly and concisely walks the user through the entire process. From resetting the mobile network to searching for a new cell tower to radio calibration, the user will always know what is happening with Fresh Network. It also immediately lets the user know anytime there is a better signal in the area.

OpenSignal – free, Android

This app is useful because not only does it provide concrete info on the whereabouts of strong signals, but it does so in a visual fashion. Billing itself as the “ultimate Wi-Fi and signal finder toolkit,” OpenSignal offers a virtual compass that points the user right in the direction of the strongest cell signal. It also offers maps that locate nearby public Internet networks. There is also a speed-test feature that shows the user the exact speed of their connection.

Coverage – free, iOS

This app is ideal for travelers, as it takes carrier coverage maps from the four main cellular providers and overlays them so users can get detailed comparisons. The app can also be used offline, which is good for those users who are in the middle of trying to find a viable signal. One other feature is that users can view the coverage options in terms of 2G, 3G, 4G and LTE.

RootMetrics – free, iOS/Android

This app functions partly as a signal testers, but it also offers much more. RootMetrics takes data points from coverage maps and compares the strength of the current signal with that of the competition. It even offers comparisons based on user reports from other carriers.

Network Signal Repair – free, Android

Those smartphone users who don’t want to deal with overlaying maps and status bars and signal meters can opt for this straightforward option. With the simple tap of the touchscreen, users can find the best signal in the area. Once it finds one, it reboots the phone in order to connect to the strongest signal from the nearest tower. The interface is user friendly and there are almost no settings to worry about.

Between these options, smartphone users should be able to find one option that consistently improves their mobile’s signal. And because all of the above options are free, there’s no reason those suffering from poor signal strength shouldn’t make a quick download.

Scott Johnson is a tech blogger and iPhone aficionado. He writes on behalf of Internet insurer Protect Your Bubble.

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peggy fedison May 22, 2013 - 7:18 pm

wow very informative. i have the ifone4 and am clueless heheheheh thank you for all this info. ill get my son in law to explain it better and how to use it . .thank you~~

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Nicole Becker May 22, 2013 - 9:51 pm

I never really have any trouble with my signal strength. But I do have the new Samsung Galaxy S3 so maybe that is why. But thanks, I may need it down the road.

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md kennedy May 23, 2013 - 7:59 am

Thank you so much for providing Android apps in this – not everyone has an iPhone. And boy we can use these…always seems like our “cocktails” (what we call the signal strength meter) are close to empty.

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Sandy Cain May 23, 2013 - 10:40 am

This is all so strange to me – my cell phone is just a basic phone – no camera, no apps – just a phone. But I DO hope to get a smartphone/iPhone in the future, so this info is good for me to have, thanks!

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Patricia Pickett (@pattiezee) May 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Sorry, not sure if my original comment attempt went through.

I didn’t know these apps existed – but this would be very useful. You have a great list here. Thank you for posting info about all the apps – I will have to check them out and see which one would work best for my phone.

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Becky Schollian May 23, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Thanks Jenn!! I don’t have a Smartphone my son does and he just loves it. He can do every thing with it!! This is great information for me to pass on to him i’m sure he will be able to use it. Thanks for the heads up!!

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rebeka deleon May 23, 2013 - 3:41 pm

i will have to tell my husband about these because that is his number one complaint. we live out in the middle of no where really! country!

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Lisa R May 23, 2013 - 10:50 pm

WOW This is so awesome. I never knew about apps that can actually boost signal strength. I can really use this in the area I live in, There are a lot of back roads in the Poconos that lose signals. I have to email this to a few people as well

sibabe64 at ptd dot net

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Tammy S May 26, 2013 - 8:50 am

Thanks for sharing these apps. I haven’t heard of most of them. I need to boost my cell phone. There are a couple ares were I go that I have little to no signal. I like the Network Signal Repair app the most. It sounds simple enough with one tap and you are done.

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Sylvia Ortiz May 26, 2013 - 10:38 am

These apps are exactly what I need for my tablet, as I am constantly losing my signal strength while at home. Thanks for the share!

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Olivia Douglass May 27, 2013 - 6:10 pm

Thanks for sharing – I need to check into these apps!

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Mitzi Fisher May 27, 2013 - 10:45 pm

It’s so hard keeping up with the lastest new phones app. I really like the Apple 4!

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Peggy Greco May 28, 2013 - 12:04 am

these apps look great;wish I had a smartphone.

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Amy N. May 29, 2013 - 7:44 pm

This would certainly cut down some frustration when I’m traveling. The signal cutting in and out in random places gets irritating!

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Dorothy Boucher June 4, 2013 - 9:11 am

they all seem so wonderful, don’t have a smartphone yet 🙂

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Renee June 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

Thank you! I am going to try these out. This is a life saver. I travel to NY every summer so I am always looking for a signal…LOL

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Clare Donna July 6, 2013 - 1:32 am

As soon as I installed Network Signal Repair , it went from 2 bars of signal to 4 bars! If you need a boost…this free version works really well!

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Jeni Mitchell July 6, 2013 - 12:31 pm

Thanks for the great feedback Clare. So glad this is helping you.

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Jayne July 24, 2013 - 4:19 am

I didn’t know these apps existed! It’s weird that my phone doesn’t get good signal in my own house. One of these apps might help.

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Sandy Cain July 24, 2013 - 6:45 am

OMG, thanks for this info! I just recently got my first Smartphone and have trying to learn all about it. (Not easy for me). I had NO idea that there were free apps that could boost the signal! Where would I be without people like you??????

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Howell W. August 26, 2013 - 3:44 am

I had no idea these apps even existed! Cell service is really spotty where I live, and I wonder if some of these might do the trick.

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andrea d August 26, 2013 - 1:00 pm

OMG where were you when I had my android phone?? LoL this article would have come so in handy . I know its a few months old but I am sharing it if you dont mind. I dont think a lot of people (SUCH AS MYSELF) LOL knew that there were apps to help with this

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Marcia Lee September 3, 2013 - 11:41 pm

Thank you for this list of apps for boosting our signal strength. I thought that the OpenSignal – which is free & for Android phones would work for me. I especially like that it virtually points you to the Wi fi hot spot and offers maps that locate nearby public Internet networks.

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Jo-Ann Brightman September 7, 2013 - 10:26 am

Although I do not yet have a smart phone I hope to purchase one in a year or so and thhis information will come in handy at some pooint. Thanks

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Rebecca Parsons September 8, 2013 - 1:38 pm

I have an Samsung Galaxy S4 and haven’t had too many problem with signal other than at my brothers house in the middle of nowhere Ohio. I am going to get one of these and see how it does.

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Beanybopp September 12, 2013 - 8:58 am

I will have to check some of the Android ones out…..we live in the middle of no-where and we have a lot of “dead spots” so maybe these will help out in this spots and all. Now if only my husband had a smartphone. He has T-Mobile and he does not get signal until he is down the road from our house (on a good day) lol

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Alana Vester September 14, 2013 - 11:04 am

Thanks for sharing the info! I have issues while I’m at work with a bad signal. I work overnights and sometimes the power will go out and along with that, the phones go out. I like to have my cell phone with me in case of an emergency, but it won’t do me any good if I don’t have a good signal to call out. I will be checking these apps out.

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The Frugal Exerciser September 17, 2013 - 7:13 pm

Thanks for posting this, I will be downloading RootMetrics after I finish this post. I have a new Iphone 4S but I don’t like the signal I get especially in my home.

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Michelle S September 26, 2013 - 10:16 am

I usually have good coverage but there are a few times that I would appreciate a boost. I am going to explore which of these might work best for my phone. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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Richard Hicks September 28, 2013 - 9:18 pm

Glad I stumbled on this post. I didnot even know there were apps to do this. Will be trying it out very soon!

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Maribel Ramirez November 11, 2013 - 7:57 am

Thanks for these useful article, my phone needs a signal boost

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Alison November 16, 2013 - 8:31 pm

How informative! Before I read this post, I didn’t even know such apps were around. My coverage in several of the rural surrounding communities is poor, and I can’t wait to try this out! Thanks!

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Carol S. January 2, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Wow, this is good info. I thought I was stuck with whatever speed I was stuck with on my phone. But this is helpful. Glad I found it.

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Wanda Bergman January 19, 2014 - 8:14 am

I didn’t know it was possible to boost signal strength. Thanks for this great info, which I’ve just bookmarked, by the way!!

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