The signal strength is one of the most important aspects that determine the quality of navigating the web from an Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr. But just like many other aspects, it usually goes unnoticed until something goes wrong with it. At times, you may notice that you’re having a problem with the internet, without actually being able to tell that it’s all due to the signal strength.
To help you identify this particular problem from the early stages, we should say that it’s all about the way your iPhone loads data. Websites and apps with an extended history of text and photos – like Snapchat and WhatsApp, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and so on – will probably have problems loading up all that feed of data. When you see that pictures remain gray or you get that broken image icon, or the pages simply load way too slow, you can suspect a signal strength issue. How do you fix it, you wonder?
The common reasons why your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr is having bad signal strength are:
- The Wi-Fi network, in itself – a poor connection, poor signal, the incapacity to handle heavy load of data and too many users trying to access it;
- The website you’re using, in itself – a poorly performed update that affected its functionality, a high amount of traffic that it wasn’t equipped to handle etc;
- The internet browser, in itself – usually, an outdated version that requires installing the most recent available update, or even a corrupted / full cache memory of the app;
- The mobile data plan, in itself – maybe you have exceeded your data speed limit as stated in your current internet plan;
- The iPhone, in itself – when you’re having a low memory, an outdated firmware, or just too many apps taking up your internet resources by running unrestricted in the background.
If you’ve already investigated all these potential causes and you have taken measures to fix it as much as it depended on you, it doesn’t mean that you’ve fixed the signal strength. Assuming you are still reading this, it means that the steps suggested above didn’t work things out. So, here is what else could do the trick…
Turn off the Wi-Fi Assist on iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus:
- Go to Settings >> Cellular;
- Browse for the Wi-Fi Assist option;
- Switch its toggle from On to Off.
The Wi-Fi Assist feature was designed to assess the status of your internet connection. Consequently, it can decide, on its own, when the cellular data is a better option than the Wi-Fi network you’re currently using. If that’s the case, you can discover that the iPhone is automatically switching from Wi-Fi to mobile data, possibly affecting your navigational experience. Of course, once you turn it off, you can be sure that the iPhone will stick to the Wi-Fi until you decide otherwise – no more surprises!
Clear the cache partition of your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max or iPhone Xr:
The Wipe Cache Partition feature as it is often called will most likely solve the slow internet. It is easy to perform and quite intuitive, but its biggest advantage is that it doesn’t affect the data stored on the device in any way! When you know you’re not at the risk of losing any information, you can perform the Wipe Cache Partition from the Recovery Mode. Learn how to clear the cache on iPhone 8 / 8 Plus with this guide.
Ask for professional, technical assistance from Apple:
The closest Apple Store where you can take your iPhone in for an advanced checkup is your final destination. You’ve tried a lot of things, nothing worked, so, perhaps the time has come for you to admit that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone Xr, iPhone Xs or iPhone Xs Max signal strength issue needs a different approach.