Trending News: A Simple Hack Let’s You See Your iPhone’s True Signal
Why Is This Important?
Because what do those dots even mean?
Long Story Short
You don’t have to tolerate gauging your iPhone’s signal strength by reading a few vague dots. In a few simple steps, your iPhone will display a quantifiable measure of your signal.
Phone reception is a frustrating thing. For starters, in the year 2015, why should it be anything less than stellar if you live anywhere other than the middle of nowhere? Aside from that, the bars and dots used to display signal quality are unreliable – sure, you may have four dots, but then you go to use the phone and the quality sucks. What gives?
What gives is that the bars carriers use to communicate your signal strength display a range, not a discrete value. If that bothers you, the folks at Tech Insider found a neat trickfor converting the iPhone’s signal display into actual numbers. If you can’t watch the video, the steps are as follows:
- Dial “field test mode,” which is *300#12345#*
- Press and hold the lock/power button until the power down screen pops up
- Hold the home button for about six seconds (the screen will automatically change)
- Bingo, you now have a numerical signal strength display
You’ll notice the numbers are negative, so the closer they are to zero, the better your signal. Anything under over -77 is considered a strong five-dot signal, so right away you can see just how big the ranges can be. Anything less than -100 is pretty lousy. If you absolutely hate the way it looks, just tap the numbers to switch them back to dots. If for whatever reason you don’t even like the idea of what you’ve just done, enter the field test number again and it will revert back to the dots.
Now, whether or not you can do anything about a lousy cell phone signal is another matter entirely.
Own The Conversation
Ask The Big Question: Why doesn’t the phone come this way in the first place?
Disrupt Your Feed: Having this information makes me hate my mobile provider even more.
Drop This Fact: The first mobile phone call was made using Bell Labs technology in 1946.
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