If you’re having issues it’s often the Wi-Fi connection that’s to blame. Not only does it eat away at your battery power, a lot of the time it just flat out doesn’t work as well as it should.
A bad Wi-Fi connection can take you by surprise, no matter whether it’s in the middle of a conversation or right when you need to send an important file for work. Before you decide to try different apps to resolve you’re Wi-Fi dilemma, it’s worth having a look at alternatives that may help.
Is a poor connection to Blame?
If you notice your Wi-Fi connection is swallowing more battery than normal but your connection still isn’t as fast as it could be, chances are you’re suffering from what we call a poor internet connection. First of all, where are you in relation to the router? Are you in a building with thick walls, or a basement for example? It could be that your router is too far away. If that’s not the issue, there are a number of settings you can adjust on your Android device to improve Wi-Fi connection. Here are some to try:
1. Router positioning 101
If you’re at home or at work and have access to your router you should be able to see whether the connection to the router itself is poor. This should be your first port of call. Try to move the router to a better place – you need it to be as far away as possible from telephone lines or any other cables, really anything else that generates an electromagnetic force.
You can check your Wi-Fi signal at a glance
2. Manage your Wi-Fi connections
From the Android Settings menu, select Wi-Fi then go to further settings (in the top right hand corner – three vertical dots above one another) and select Advanced. From here go to Avoid poor connections. If you check this option, your smartphone will only connect to Wi-Fi connections with a good quality signal.
3. Check your frequency
Changing your frequency band can also improve Wi-Fi signal. The majority of new generation Android devices run on both 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz frequencies. Firstly you’ll need to check which band your router uses and select the same one on your smartphone’s Wi-Fi Settings menu. You may only have the option to select the weaker frequencies (3 GHz or 2 GHz). If you select the Auto option your Android phone will connect to whichever band’s available at any given time.
Selecting the Auto option will improve your Wi-Fi connection
4. Smartphone covers and Wi-Fi
Sometimes your smartphone cover can block your Wi-Fi connection. Even though the majority of covers are now made from silicone or faux leather, many still contain metal. You can check whether your protective cover is to blame by downloading an app to monitor your Wi-Fi speed, and then simply test it with and without the cover. Depending on the results you may decide to change your cover.
5. Update your firmware
It’s worth updating the firmware on your phone relatively often – it should help your Wi-Fi connection speed. If you don’t do this already, consider it. To guarantee optimum performance it’s a good idea to always use the latest version of Android. To update your software, go to Settings and select the About option, then Software updates. From that menu you can choose whether to automatically update your system or apps.
Updating your firmware optimises your smartphone‘s performance
6. Work smarter, not harder
Selecting Auto-switch or Smart network in Wi-Fi Settings means your phone will automatically switch between Wi-Fi and mobile connections. Although it’s more of a temporary fix, it will mean you will always be able to establish and maintain a connection.
Switching between Wi-Fi and mobile networks will establish a connection
Still out of luck?
If you try all these different steps and you’re still having problems with your Wi-Fi connection it might be time to resort to some more creative or imaginative homemade solutions, for instance how about making yourself a metal satellite dish? This could definitely improve your Wi-Fi signal, but whether it’ll fit in your pocket while attached to a smartphone remains to be seen.