After performance-related issues, losing network or signal is an annoying issue that makes people really annoyed at times. It is during no signal when you can’t make calls or receive one either, you can’t send SMS or receive one or access 2G, 3G, 4G internet which basically cuts you off from the rest of the world. It becomes more of a trouble when you are doing something really important and you need a quality signal to complete your task like talking to your boss about a project or talking/conversing/messaging someone. Although this issue is widespread, it is more prominent If you are using Xiaomi Mi series phones. There is a number of issues that can affect the signal on your phone making it weak or even lost at times.
If you are an average joe like me who wants to find out the way to fix this issue but lacking the technical information about it (because I am not an engineer) then you have come at the right place. At GetDroidTips, we strive to provide a detailed guide on how to fix issues observed by our users on their smartphone in a rather simple and easy manner. These tips are extremely easy to understand with proper instructions on how to do things, you can expect to treat weak signal or lost network issue pretty effectively. The only limitation is that these methods may not be useful for hardware related issues. But once you know that it is a hardware-related issue and not software-related after going through this list, you can read the last method and follow it to get the problem fixed.
What are the possible causes of weak signal and/or lost network issue?
A lot of factors affect network coverage and the reception of network on your device and therefore, you must first know the possible causes and their consequences before searching for the root cause. Since there is number of factors that affect the network, here are some of the issues that you could observe on your smartphone.
Depending upon the plan you select under prepaid or postpaid connection option, there is a chance that you are not intercepting network since, you have some outstanding payment that you need to pay. If you haven’t paid the bill for 2 or more months based on the limit possessed by your carrier, they can disconnect the network for a temporary period. Paying the outstanding payment can restore the lost network.
Issues With Network Services
Your service provider provides network coverage wherein you can use their network and make calls, use data and send/receive SMSes. These service providers often undergo maintenance, repairs, upgrades that can pose a problem in the network coverage like a temporary outage that could be scheduled. In case if there is no network available, keep calm for the time being and wait for the network to be activated again. If you have received any intimation from the service provider regarding such outage, it is probably other issues.
Glitches With Apps
As you are using a Xiaomi Mi smartphone with Android OS, it can store multiple apps at once giving you an excellent user experience. However, outdated apps or any third-party app which has bugs or not certified can play as an obstacle to the network on your phone. It can be caused due to corrupted segment or file or an entire app which can make certain network issues along with performance issues.
Now, this is the most common error that can lead to no network coverage. Although it is temporary, it is still a problem. When setting up a network, it is possible that you accidentally enabled or disable certain features or service or entered a wrong access point, etc that can cause lost network issue. Setting up network with any other service provider rather than the home network can also create such problems.
Liquid or Physical Damage
Did you accidentally dropped your phone in water or if it spilled on the phone, it can possibly enter the internal components or slots that can pose a problem. It is known as liquid damage. Dropping the phone on the ground can cause physical damage to the phone and thus, it can interfere with the hardware related to network and thus, it can cause problem intercepting available network.
Damaged SIM Card
If you have improperly inserted the SIM card in the SIM slot or if the card is damaged due to any other reason, it can interfere with the network coverage capability of the phone. Dirt, smudge, etc can play a crucial role in disturbing the network coverage capability of your phone.
What Are The Solutions To Fix Xiaomi Mi Weak Signal or Lost Network Issue?
Now that you know about the various types of problems that can play as an obstacle in network interception, here are some meaningful and easy-to-follow methods that you can use to fix them.
Method 01 – Switch between WCDMA and GSM
Sometimes network can be dud. To improve the signal strength and at least make it capable to handle calls and data, you can switch the network from 3G to 2G or vice versa. Switching between WCDMA (3G) and GSM (2G) will provide you the capability to intercept network from a wider range of signals and thus, you will be able to get available network at least.
- Go to ‘Settings’ on your phone and then open ‘Wireless and Network’ settings.
- Now, tap on the option ‘Mobile Networks’.
- Now, scroll the list and tap on ‘Network Mode’ that will display a dialog box.
- You can either switch between ‘WCDMA’ or ‘GSM’ or click on ‘WCDMA/GSM’ to automatically search for available network.
Method 02 – Toggle Data Roaming Option
If you are away from your home network and suffering from no signal or lost network issue, you need to enable Data Roaming on your phone. This is one of the potential methods to rectify minor software glitch related to networks.
- Open the Settings and then, click on ‘Mobile Networks’.
- Tick the option ‘Data Roaming’.
- Now check if the signal is available and improved or not.
Method 03 – Toggle Airplane Mode
Okay, it can sound weird but what if you can disable the networks to get its reception on your phone. Well, many smartphones users have listed this technique as an effective workaround tip that rectified unidentified issues with the networks. Airplane mode is a feature that disables all the networks and connections to and fro the device. You can try this method to check if whatever software glitch you are observing.
- First, drag down the notification tray by pulling the screen from top to bottom.
- Now, tap on the ‘Airplane Mode’ shortcut that will activate it.
- Next is to wait for few seconds before disabling it once again.
- Tap the shortcut to disable it and then, let the phone search for the networks available and register to your carrier network.
Method 04 – Reinstall SIM Card
There is a probability that you mistakenly installed SIM Card improperly or there are traces of dust particles or scratches which can disconnect the SIM Card from the system. I recommend you to check if the SIM card is installed properly or not. In this process, you will be able to check if there is any physical damage to the SIM Card or the SIM slot as well as check if there are any traces of dust particles or smudge that can interfere with its working.
- Firstly, switch off the phone completely.
- Now, take the SIM Ejector and pop out the tray.
- Remove the SIM Card and check for any scratches, damages, or traces of dust trapped on and around the SIM Card slot.
- Clean the slot using cotton swabbed in rubbing alcohol or you can use a microfiber cloth or white eraser to clean it up.
- Now, reinstall the SIM Card and check if the network glitch is rectified or not. If not, you can follow other methods included in this explicit list.
Method 05 – Reboot The Phone
Restarting the device all at once can probably rectify minor glitches which can cause network issues. It doesn’t affect personal information or the data stored on your device but reboots the processes, apps, and services running on the system thereby providing sufficient resources for the network drivers to work properly.
- To do so, press the Power Button on your device and press it for a second.
- Select ‘Power Off’ option from the dialog box on the screen and then tap on ‘OK’ button.
- Now, wait for a few seconds and then, press the ‘Power Button’ for 2 to 3 seconds and release the key once the phone vibrates.
Method 06 – Manually Select Network
Your phone is capable of searching for the available networks and register on the same automatically. However, when you are moving to another place or out of the network coverage of your carriers, manually adjusting network is more efficient. If there is any problem in your phone that interferes with its capability to search for networks automatically, you can switch to manual network settings where you’ll have to search for the networks available whenever your phone loses it. This feature also enables you to register or other networks when in roaming so that you can still use the services like data, calls, messages without having to disconnect with the rest of the world due to no signal.
- To enable Manual Select Network on your phone, go to ‘Settings’ and then search for the option ‘Networks’.
- Now, click on Manually Select Network from amidst the list.
- Search for the available network and register on the preferred network.
- Check if the problem is rectified or not.
Method 07 – Update Firmware
Keeping the apps and firmware updated is the basic necessity to stay free from bugs and get new features and fixes for the earlier reported issues. Outdated firmware can pose a problem is cell reception which is indeed a software-related glitch and can be rectified by simply updating the firmware. Since Android OS provides updates and patches after a certain amount of time, you can check out for updates available so that you can enjoy new features. The patches contain fixes for any reported issues that users can send log information.
- To update the device, open the ‘Settings’ app on your phone.
- Next is to proceed to the ‘About Phone’ section and then, hit on ‘Software Updates’.
- Check for the available updates and install it on your device.
- Reboot the phone to completely allow the new update start working properly.
Method 08 – Install Mobile Phone Signal Booster
If compromising with no signal or weak signal is not your thing, you can either opt for a different carrier that provides the quality network. But again, there are people that don’t wish to change their service provider due to any reasons, then another way around is to get yourself a mobile phone signal booster. These are amplifiers that amplify the received network and then, add power or gain to maximize cell reception thus, providing a strong signal. It works similar to how Wifi signal boosters work.
You can check for these boosters on various e-commerce websites like Gearbest, Amazon, Flipkart, eBay, and others.
Method 9 – Factory Reset On Your Device
Doing a factory reset can curb the no signal issue, however, before you can actually do it, there are some things to go through. First, although factory reset or FDR can resolve a majority of software-related problems, it is still a method to completely wipe data from the system. It will wipe off photos, audio files, videos, contacts, accounts, and other stuff on your system and there are chances that it can work wonders for your phone too, but as I said, there are chances and not conformity. Before doing it, backup the data and remove SD Card, SIM card, from the device.
There are actually two methods of practicing FDR on your system where one is simply by using the reset feature in your phone and another is by booting into the recovery mode and then, performing an FDR.
- To use built-in Reset feature, open Settings.
- Press on ‘Backup and Reset’ on your phone and then, select ‘Reset’.
- Enter the PIN when asked and finally, click on ‘Erase Everything’ that will initiate the process.
- Reboot the device if it doesn’t automatically does and then, check for network reception.
- To use Recovery Mode, turn off the phone and press Volume Up and Power Button together.
- Hold the buttons for 10 to 20 seconds until the phone vibrates.
- Leave the buttons when the phone displays ‘Android’ logo.
- When it enters into recovery mode, scroll using Volume button towards the option ‘wipe data/factory reset’.
- Now confirm deleting the data and then, wait for sometime until the phone performs FDR and reboots itself.
This is the top 9 methods that you can use to improve network reception and fix no signal and lost network issue on your Xiaomi Mi and other smartphones. Contact us for further help. GetDroidTips is the best place to search for tips and tricks related to Android and iOS.