Fix poor WiFi reception, weak signal on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update

Poor WiFi reception can be caused by faulty router/modem or firmware crashes. Obstructions such as thick walls and glass windowpane can also affect the strength of the signal reception. However, there are cases that this issue occurs after a major update just like iOS 13. This led to the creation of workarounds in this article. If you happen to experience a poor WiFi reception or weak signal on iPhone XS after iOS 13 update, the procedures indicated below might be the answer you’re looking for. Scroll further and find out how to fix your problem. 

Before we move on to our troubleshooting, if you happen to find this post while looking for a solution to a different problem, then visit our iPhone XS Help Guides page for we have already addressed some of the most common issues with this device. We may have already published articles that could help you fix your problem. Find issues that are similar to yours and feel free to use our solutions.

Troubleshooting an iPhone XS with weak WiFi reception or signal after iOS 13

In this guide, we will consider all possibilities as to why the issue occurs and we will rule them out one by one until we can figure out what the problem really is and hopefully be able to fix it. Here’s what you need to do…

First solution: Turn off your WiFi then restart your iPhone XS. 

Certain bugs and glitches brought by the new software update may have been affecting your phone’s system and causing relevant symptoms to occur. The best way to handle such error is to refresh the connection as well as the phone itself. Through this process, other factors like minor firmware crashes can also be eliminated. To turn off the WiFi on your phone, here are the steps:

  1. Access Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select WiFi.
  3. Tap the toggle/switch button to turn it off. 
  4. Wait for a few seconds then tap toggle the again to turn it on. 

After refreshing your WiFi connection, perform a force restart to remove minor system glitches that may cause poor signal reception. This will also enhance your phone’s system by removing dump cache and could fix the issue. Here’s how: 

  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.

Once the phone boots up, check if the WiFi signal reception has improved. If the signal bars have increased and is stable, that means your phone is getting a better reception. 

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Second solution: Enable then disable airplane mode. 

One simple way to refresh your phone’s WiFi reception is to toggle airplane mode on and then off. This common method has been proven effective in dealing with connectivity-related errors. Enabling the airplane mode cuts off all radio signals on your device while turning it off reconnects radios, thus giving the phone’s connection a quick refresh. With this process, network bugs that might be hindering proper signal reception are also cleared. Listed below are the steps on how to toggle the airplane mode on and off:

  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 force restart 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. 

If the WiFi is turned off, simply turn it on again to check if the poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iPhone XS has been resolved. 

Third solution: Forget WiFi networks on your iPhone XS. 

If the WiFi network has been directly affected by software bugs, it might be unusable and could be the reason why your phone is having difficulty in establishing proper reception. To remove faulty networks, you may forget the WiFi networks on your iPhone XS and then reconnect it again. This will remove all glitches on the WiFi networks as you’re trying to set it up like the first time. Here’s how it’s done: 

  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.

Just follow the same process with all saved WiFi networks on your device. Deleting other networks can help in avoiding conflicts with the one you’re using. Once done, reconnect to your WiFi network to check if the issue has been rectified. 

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Fourth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone XS. 

Deleting might not be good enough in removing network-related connectivity errors if the issue persists. Some network settings can be overridden easily with a major software update and this could cause problems like a poor WiFi reception. If that’s the case, reset network settings might do the trick. iOS overrides will be deleted along with other customized setting that may have been causing the problem. This procedure will revert all network settings to its default values and options. To try out your luck, simply follow these 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 restart automatically once the reset process is completed. To use your WiFi again, reconnect it back to your network then check for WiFi reception improvement. 

Fifth solution: Factory reset your iPhone XS. 

Restoring your iPhone XS to its default factory settings is your last option if the poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iPhone XS still exist. The issue might have been caused by a complex system error and needs a stronger solution. Executing a factory reset will wipe out all contents and files on your device and revert them to the default factory configurations. This will provide a holistic approach in eliminating stubborn glitches that’s causing the problem. Since you’ll lose all information on your device, it is recommended to create backups via iTunes or iCloud beforehand. Once backups are secured, follow these steps to carry out a factory reset on your iPhone XS: 

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

After the master reset is done, your phone will reboot automatically. Wait for the restart process to be completed and then set up your phone like a new one to use it again. 

If all steps listed above have been followed diligently, that should be good enough in resolving the problem. If the issue is only isolated on your iPhone XS, fatal system glitches might be the reason why it persists. If you’re still getting a poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iPhone XS, advanced solutions like recovery mode restore and DFU mode restore might help you out. 

If you have enough time, you may escalate this matter to Apple support for further assistance. Official recommendations are available through them that might help in resolving the problem permanently. 

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