How to fix poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on iPhone XR after iOS 13.2 update [Troubleshooting Guide]

Greater distance from the router could cause poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR. Thick walls and glass window pane could also affect the Wi-Fi reception on your device. If you’ve tried placing your phone near the wireless router/modem and still you’re getting a poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal, then there might be other factors that’s causing the issue. 

The contents of this article is intended to fix software-inflicted glitches that causes poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on iPhone XR after iOS 13.2 update. Continue reading to find out how to deal with this problem if you’re one of the affected users. 

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Troubleshoot poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on iPhone XR after iOS 13.2 update

Firmware crashes on your wireless router/modem can also cause poor Wi-Fi reception on your device. However, if this issue only affects your iPhone XR after updating to iOS 13.2, then software glitches may have been one of the triggers. Feel free to perform the steps that you can find below to fix the problem on your device. 

 

First solution: Reboot your wireless router/modem. 

Fixing the heart of your Wi-Fi connection could never go wrong. If your wireless router or modem has been turned on for quite some time, they might acquire random glitches that could affect its performance and might be the reason why you’re getting a poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR. Performing a power cycle on your internet equipment can remove those glitches and refresh its operation. This might enhance signal distribution and could fix the poor Wi-Fi reception on your device. Simply follow the steps below: 

  1. Press the power button on your modem/router until it powers down. 
  2. While it’s turned off, unplug its AC adapter from the power source. 
  3. Wait for at least 30 seconds then plug back in and turn it on. 
  4. Allow the Wi-Fi signal indicator to be established and be stable. 

After getting a stable signal on your wireless router/modem, connect your iPhone XR to your Wi-Fi network and see if the signal strength is good and stable.

 

Second solution: Reboot your iPhone XR.

Clearing software glitches on your iPhone XR could also fix the problem if it is caused by software errors inflicted with iOS 13.2 update. Restarting your device should handle those errors and refresh your phone’s system. Doing so will refresh the connections on your phone and might enhance the Wi-Fi signal. Here’s how to execute a soft reset on your iPhone XR: 

  1. Press and hold the Power/Side button and either of the Volume buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. 
  2. Release both buttons once Slide to Power off prompt appears on the screen.
  3. Drag the Power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  4. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Power/Side button again until you see the Apple logo.

An alternative way to reboot your device is to perform a force restart. It provides the same benefit as a soft reset. Performing this could also clear rogue apps that might add up as a trigger to the issue. Here’s how it’s done: 

  1. Press and release the Volume Up button quickly.
  2. Press and release the Volume Down button quickly. 
  3. Lastly, press and hold the Side button for a few seconds until you see the Apple logo.

After rebooting your device, just wait for proper signal to be established and check if the Wi-Fi reception has stabilized. 

 

Third solution: Toggle airplane mode off and on. 

Enabling airplane mode will turn off all wireless radio connections on your device while disabling it after resumes them. This is a great way in refreshing all radios and remove network-connectivity errors that might have been causing the poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR. To carry out this process, here are the steps: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Check Airplane mode. If toggle is currently turned on, tap on it to switch it off. If not, tap the toggle to turn it on.
  3. While the Airplane mode is enabled, perform a soft reset on your device. 
  4. Wait for your phone to go back online after the reset then access Settings > Airplane mode. Tap the switch to disable the feature. 

Just wait for your phone to establish all connections including Wi-Fi and see if the problem has been resolved. 

 

Fourth solution: Forget Wi-Fi networks to fix poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal. 

Conflicts from the saved Wi-Fi networks on your device can also cause relevant symptoms to occur. If they’ve been affected with bugs from a faulty software update, there’s a possibility that they’re one of the triggers why your iPhone XR is having a poor Wi-Fi signal. Removing all Wi-Fi networks can remove those conflicts by clearing the glitches and might resolve the problem. If this is something that you would like to try, here are the steps: 

  1. From the Home screen, access Settings
  2. Select WiFi
  3. Look for the WiFi network that you want to forget then tap the information (i) icon next to the network name.
  4. Tap Forget This Network
  5. Read the warning prompt then tap Forget to confirm.

After deleting all saved Wi-Fi networks, just open your Wi-Fi and connect to your desired network to check if the issue is gone or not. 

 

Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone XR. 

Network-connectivity errors could be a result of invalid or incorrect network settings on your device. They might cause irregular Wi-Fi function and could be the reason why your phone is having a hard time in establishing proper Wi-Fi reception. Performing a reset on network settings will clear all customized network and revert them to its default values and options. Those information that has been altered automatically by iOS 13.2 will be deleted along with the process and might fix the problem. Here are the steps: 

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen. 
  2. Tap General.
  3. Scroll down to and then select Reset
  4. Tap the Reset Network Settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode once prompted.
  6. Then tap to confirm network settings reset.

Your phone will reboot automatically after the reset is done. Since Wi-Fi networks will be deleted as well, just reconnect your Wi-Fi and check if the issue has been rectified. 

 

Other options

If you’re still getting a 400;”>poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR after performing all the steps above, you might opt-in for advanced solutions like factory reset, recovery mode restore or DFU mode restore. They handle fatal system errors well and might resolve the problem. Just be reminded to create backups beforehand if you wish to give them a try as they will delete the personal information on your device. 

 

Still having a poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR?

Contacting your Internet service provider can help you isolate the case. If there is an ongoing server maintenance on their end, it might be the reason why you’re having this issue on your iPhone XR. 

Reporting this matter to Apple support can also help you as they can provide more information and official recommendations on how to fix a poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone XR after iOS 13.2 update. 

 

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