9 Ways to Boost WiFi Signal on iPhone and iPad [2020]

Do you often find yourself with such poor Wi-Fi signals that it is impossible to visit websites, use apps, or stream videos? In such cases, you might want to know how to boost the WiFi signal on iPhone or iPad. To help, here’s a list of nine solutions and recommendations that will assist you in increasing the WiFi speed for a better experience. Take a look.

  1. Restart the Router and the iPhone
  2. Ensure No or Minimal Blockage between Router and iPhone
  3. Forget and Re-Join the Wi-Fi
  4. Remove the Thick iPhone Case
  5. Update Your iPhone
  6. Reset All Settings
  7. Use Custom DNS
  8. Contact Your Internet Service Provider
  9. Invest in a Better Router

1. Restart the Router and the iPhone

People often overlook restarting and jump to other fixes. Before you do the same, please understand that switching off the router and turning it back on is extremely handy. It helps fix the problem quickly without much effort. So, let us start by performing this short step.

To restart your Wi-Fi router, you can use the physical button that’s on it. Alternatively, you may also power it off and on using the switch on the wall outlet. In the meantime, restart your iPhone as well.

Note: Visit your router’s brand website or contact their customer support and see if there is a firmware update for it.

2. Ensure No or Minimal Blockage between Router and iPhone

Distance and barricades significantly degrade the Wi-Fi strength and thus its ability to provide a solid experience.

If you continuously face low signals, consider moving closer to the router. Similarly, if there are multiple thick walls between the router and your devices, try to relocate the former. Instead of having the router in one corner of the house, see if you can set it up somewhere in the middle so that the signals adequately reach every side of the house.

3. Forget and Re-Join the Wi-Fi

Before you proceed with this, make sure you know the Wi-Fi password. In case you don’t, skip this and move to the next two fixes.

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on Wi-Fi.
  2. Tap on ‘i‘ next to the connected Wi-Fi name.tap on wi-fi in settings app and then tap on i next to connected wi-fi on iphone
  3. Tap on Forget This NetworkForget.forget wi-fi network on iphone
  4. Optional but recommended: Restart your iPhone.
  5. From the Settings app → Wi-Fi, tap on your network name and enter its password to join it.join wi-fi network on iphone

4. Remove the Thick iPhone Case

If you use a monstrously thick case or something similar, please consider removing it. This may cause slight interference between the iPhone’s Wi-Fi antenna and the signal. Thus, for the best result, it is advisable to stop using it.

5. Update Your iPhone

Besides introducing new changes, iOS updates eliminate bugs and improve the overall usability of the device. To fix issues with Wi-Fi, download and install any pending software update.

6. Reset All Settings

This will revert all custom settings like saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices, VPN configurations, Home screen layout, etc. to the default state. However, personal stuff like apps, music, pictures, videos will stay unaffected.

  1. Inside the Settings app, tap on General.
  2. Scroll to the end and tap on Reset.open settings tap on general and then tap reset on iphone
  3. Tap on Reset All Settings.
  4. Enter the iPhone passcode and confirm.reset all settings on iphone running ios 13

After the reset completes, open the Settings app → Wi-Fi, and connect to the desired network by entering its password.

7. Use Custom DNS

Sometimes, switching to a custom DNS might help when you cannot access certain websites or apps. We have a separate step-by-step guide that shows you how to change DNS on iPhone. Please give it a try. And in case even this doesn’t bring any luck, the same article will show you how to revert to the default DNS configuration.

Note: If you are using a VPN, please turn it off. And you might immediately experience comparatively faster speeds.

8. Contact Your Internet Service Provider

If you see extreme throttling in Wi-Fi speed, contact your ISP and ensure there is no pending bill. On payment default, some companies do not cut off the connection entirely but significantly reduce the speed. Once you clear the past payment, your service will be restored to normal speed.

Additionally, it is also possible that there is a temporary community-wide service outrage in your area. Contacting the internet provider and explaining to them about low speeds might help.

9. Invest in a Better Router

Finally, it is also a good idea to invest in a high-end router with a better range and feature set. You can research on the web for what’s suitable for your house. You may also visit a few related local shops and ask their opinion on the best router. If your house area is huge, you must learn more about mesh networks.

Signing Off

These are some of the ways to boost Wi-Fi speeds. I hope you got some positives from this guide. At last, one more thing you can do to get better connectivity is to change the Wi-Fi channel.

Which recommendations above helped you? Kindly share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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