How to deal with poor Wi-Fi reception, weak Wi-Fi signal on an iPhone 11 Pro

A smartphone that’s getting poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal is more prone to experience intermittent connection or Wi-Fi drops. It’s definitely an annoying issue and therefore requires prompt solution. Any device can succumb to such problem unexpectedly. And even the new powerful devices like the recently rolled out Apple iPhone 11 series are no exception. Mapped out below are simple yet effective solutions to a relevant issue on the new iphone 11 Pro with poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal. Read on to find out what causes poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal issue on your new iPhone.

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Troubleshooting weak Wi-Fi signal, poor Wi-Fi reception on an iPhone 11 Pro

Before you start eliminating software-related factors, make sure that you are close to the wireless router or modem that your iPhone is connected to. Like other wireless features, proximity also matters when gauging the quality of your phone’s wireless internet connection. This means that the closer your iPhone is to the wireless router/modem, the stronger the Wi-Fi signal it gets. Otherwise, it would be the opposite. If necessary, move closer to where your modem or wireless router is situated and see if that improves the Wi-Fi signal strength on your iPhone. Also consider eliminating any device that cause wireless interference. If that doesn’t do any good, then you can proceed and try applying each of the following solutions.


First solution: Power cycle the modem/wireless router.

Working on the main source of your phone’s internet connection is usually what most internet service providers recommend when resolving internet problems on computers and mobile devices. That said, you too can use the same approach to troubleshoot Wi-Fi signal problems on your iPhone 11 Pro. Hence, the first recommended solution you should try is a power cycle on the network equipment. If you’re close to the modem or wireless router right now, follow these steps to power cycle it:

  1. Turn off your modem/router by pressing its power button.
  2. While the device is powered off, unplug its AC adapter from the power source. Keep it that way for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.
  3. After the elapsed time, press the power button to turn it back on.
  4. Wait for all the light indicators to become stable and make sure that the Wi-Fi indicator is green. If it’s red, then that denotes an internet problem to fix. 

Performing this procedure can help rectify minor firmware crashes on the network equipment that might have triggered intermittent or weak Wi-Fi signal/connection.


Second solution: Reboot your iPhone (soft reset).

Another effective and straightforward solution to deal with minor system issues is a soft reset or reboot on your iPhone. This also helps clear out cache and corrupted temporary files from your iPhone’s internal memory and operating system. Just follow these steps whenever you’re ready:

  1. Press and hold both the Side and Volume Up buttons for a few seconds.
  2. Release both buttons when the Slide to Power off bar appears.
  3. Swipe or drag the bar to turn your device off.
  4. After about 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button and then release when the Apple logo appears.

After your phone reboots, give it a few moments to re-establish wireless signal and see if the problem is fixed.


Third solution: Use the Airplane Mode trick to fix poor Wi-Fi reception on your iPhone 11 Pro.

This old trick has been proven to work wonders by many iPhone owners who have dealt with various types of problems affecting the iOS wireless features. It works by giving a simultaneous restart on your phone’s wireless functions and somehow eliminates any associated flaws and internet symptoms. If you wish to try your luck in this tweak, then you may try it with these steps:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Airplane Mode.
  3. Toggle the Airplane Mode switch to turn the feature ON. Doing so disables your iPhone’s wireless radios and associated features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 
  4. While Airplane Mode is turned on, reboot or soft reset your iPhone to clear out network cache.
  5. After it reboots, go back to Settings-> Airplane Mode menu.
  6. Then toggle the Airplane Mode switch to turn it OFF again.

Your phone will then reattempt to establish Wi-Fi signal and then reactivates wireless features.


Fourth solution: Delete your Wi-Fi network then add it back.

The symptom will likely reoccur if corrupted Wi-Fi network is the underlying cause. If this is what’s transpiring on your device, deleting the Wi-Fi network and adding it back will likely solve the problem. Just follow these steps, if you wish to try it:

  1. Go to your iPhone Settings-> Wi-Fi menu and make sure that the Wi-Fi switch is turned on.
  2. Scroll down to the list of available Wi-Fi networks and then select the network that your iPhone is connected to.
  3. Tap the information “i” icon next to the name of the selected Wi-Fi network.
  4. Then tap the option to Forget this Network.
  5. If prompted, tap Forget Network to confirm network deletion.

Deleting any other saved Wi-Fi networks is also recommended to prevent any of these networks from interfering with your current network.

Don’t forget to set up your Wi-Fi network after deleting all saved Wi-Fi, so that you can reconnect and get back online.


Fifth solution: Update carrier settings and/or your iPhone software to the latest version available.

Carrier settings updates rolled by your service provider also contain some network patches to address widespread network problems including poor Wi-Fi reception. A faster way to check and implement carrier updates is through your iPhone Settings-> General-> About menu. But since your phone is dealing with Wi-Fi signal issues, updating carrier settings on your iPhone 11 Pro via iTunes would be a better and safer option. Just follow these steps to get started:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer and then open iTunes. Be sure to use the latest version of iTunes app to avoid bumping into some system conflicts.
  2. Wait for your device to sync and back up with iTunes.
  3. Click to select your iPhone 11 Pro when it appears in iTunes.
  4. Navigate to the Summary section and then hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and click Check for Update. Doing so will prompt iTunes to install an iOS image (*.ipsw).
  5. Change the file type to iPhone/iPad Carrier Configuration File (*.ipcc).
  6. Select the desired file and then follow the rest of the onscreen instructions to complete the process.
  7. When the carrier update installation is complete, turn your iPhone off and then disconnect it from the computer.

The recent carrier settings updates will then be implemented, the next time you turn your iPhone back on.

Aside from carrier updates, installing the latest iOS update available for your iPhone can also be the key to rectifying the problem.

  1. 400;”>Connect your iPhone to the computer using the original USB or Lightning cable.
  2. Open iTunes on the computer and wait for it to recognize and sync with your iPhone.
  3. Select your iPhone 11 Pro Max when it appears on the computer.
  4. Navigate to the Summary section and then click the button to Check for Update.
  5. If an update is available, click the button to Download and Update your phone.
  6. Enter your passcode, if prompted to continue. 

Then follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to finish installing the new update on your iPhone 11 Pro.


Last resort: Reset network settings on your iPhone 11.

Resorting to system resets is usually among the last options if none of the previous solutions is able to resolve the issue and that your iPhone 11 Pro is still getting poor Wi-Fi reception. If you wish to troubleshoot further, just follow these steps to reset network settings on your phone:

  1. From the Home screen, tap on Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down and tap on Reset.
  4. Tap Reset Network Settings from the given options.
  5. Enter your passcode if prompted to continue.
  6. Confirm action by tapping on Reset Network Settings again

When the reset is finished, your phone will restart and restores the default network values. This denotes the need for you to set up your Wi-Fi network as new then join and connect to the network like the first time you do.

Still getting poor Wi-Fi reception or weak Wi-Fi signal on your iPhone 11 Pro?

Symptoms that could not be remedied by the aforementioned solutions are usually due to some complex system errors. In this case, carrying out a more advanced solution would be necessary. If you wish to troubleshoot further and rule out fatal system errors that might have ruined your phone’s wireless signal functions, your next option would be a factory reset. This reset will erase everything from your iPhone system including saved data on the internal memory, downloaded apps and files, saved contacts, and other personal information. That said, creating backups beforehand is highly recommended. Failure to do so, would result in permanent data loss.

If you suspect that the problem is with the wireless router or modem in use, then you should contact your internet service provider for further assistance. Carrying out more advanced troubleshooting methods might be necessary to fix the problem. You can also ask your internet service to re-provision the modem or wireless router from their end. Doing so can help fix various types of internet problems that are attributed to a corrupted modem/router system.

In the case where temporary solutions is the only available option, you can try using third-party Wi-Fi signal boosters or Wi-Fi extenders compatible with your network equipment and iPhone 11 Pro. There are actually a lot of devices created to serve such purpose. All you’ve got to do is pick the most trusted and top-rated device available.

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