Update: If your carrier is searching for signal or showing “no service” message, follow this guide. These solutions works even with iOS 8.0.1 update.
Is it true that an Apple iPhone with iOS 8 keeps losing the carrier network signal frequently? And does it show a “No Service” signal message at the top-left corner of your screen… meaning you cannot make phone calls anymore? In this article we will share our thoughts on the iPhone’s poor signal strength and three simple solutions to fix this problem.
No Service And No Cell Coverage Issues Explained
After installing iOS 8 firmware on an iPhone 4s, we quickly decided to try out the new features, not remembering to check the signal strength. So next time, we updated iPhone 5s to iOS 8 and saw the “No Service” message at the top-left corner of the iPhone screen.
Solution? Before we could do anything, the problem fixed itself. Yes, magics do happen in the iOS land. So here’s a tip: if you are facing a “No Service” message right after installing a new firmware, just wait.
You may get a “Searching…” or “No Service” message, but if you wait for another 10-15 seconds, the message will disappear and you will get some signal strength back.
Of course, the above solution requires “pure luck” right? We don’t know why the signal drops on iOS 8, but we always believed it was because of our location where the network coverage is usually very poor. So whenever we receive calls, all of us in our family have to walk around the house to get minimum signal strength on our iPhone.
But how about a few “working” solutions? We have them for you and we are very sure these fixes will stop the signal dropping issues permanently on your Apple iPhone. Here we go:
How To Fix Poor Signal Strength Problem Permanently
We have three solutions to get a good cell coverage service on iPhone:
- Use Reset All Setting
- Disable Data Roaming
- Pick carrier manually
Sure, you can do a full restore or clean install iOS 8 on your device. Those are extreme methods we do not recommend right now. The first step is to try the above methods that will help you get rid of the “No Service” error message, stop signal losses and bring back the reception dots. Let’s explain how to execute each of these solutions:
Fix 1: Use Reset All Settings
How it works: From your Apple iPhone, go to the following: Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset All Settings. Before you click on the “Reset All Settings” you should know what it does.
Reset All Settings will reset your device’s settings without erasing data. Does it delete photos, contacts, messages? No! What it really does is wipe out network configuration, passwords of WiFi network and minor changes.
Remember: If tapping one time doesn’t bring back the signal, try it again. Tap “Reset All Settings” few times and the signal bar will eventually show up. Also note that after you have executed this process, you have to manually enter password to connect to your WiFi network.
Fix 2: Disable Data Roaming
How it works: If you have activated or turned ON roaming option, then disable it and see if it solves the signal issues. Disable data roaming by going to the following: Settings -> Cellular -> Data Roaming.
When iOS 8 beta users faced similar signal problems on their iPhones, disabling this option did the trick.
Fix 3: Pick Carrier Manually
How it works: Should you blame iOS 8 for frequent signal losses? We can’t be absolutely sure, but picking the right carrier solves the problem. Here’s what you should do: Go to Settings -> Carrier -> Disable Automatic selection and look for the network carrier manually.
Apple iPhone will now search for the right carrier and show you a list (if any) of network carriers you have to choose. That’s it!
Let us know if you have any similar problems related to signal strength, how you tackled it, and which method did you use. We hope this article has helped your iPhone get back signal strength it deserves.
Note: We tried to replicate the problem and see if hard reset would fix it. And it did not. So don’t try to hard reset your iPhone. Simply resetting all settings solved the problem immediately. Even taking the GSM SIM card out and inserting it back again proved helpful.