How to Update Your Cell Phone to All Local Towers

By Ken Burnside

Updated August 23, 2017

Trying to get a better signal? Try power cycling your phone.
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Your cell phone locks on to the signals of the nearest cell phone towers, and stores them in memory as a way to reduce power consumption. Occasionally, the tower locations stored in your phone's memory are used instead of the actual nearest tower, causing your signal quality to degrade. Fortunately, it's possible to force your phone to clear the tower locations stored in memory and query the nearest towers for a signal update.

Power Cycling Your Phone

Press the "End" or "Power" button on your phone, and hold it down for three to five seconds, until the screen goes dark.

Wait ten seconds.

Power your phone on again. The power cycling will usually cause the location memory of your phone to reset, and powering on again will force it to query the nearest towers.

Verizon Phones

Verizon users can dial " *228 " and select "2" when prompted to update to local towers. A message will appear on the screen when the process is finished, which can take up to two minutes.