How to fix poor WiFi reception, weak signal after iOS 13 on iPhone XR

You decided to install the latest iOS 13 on your iPhone XR rolled out by Apple and realized that your WiFi signal becomes intermittent and unstable. You badly want to have the WiFi signal issue fixed, yet you have no idea what to do. But if you are reading this right now, you’ve come to the right place. We know that a lot of users are complaining about having poor WiFi reception or weak signal after installing iOS 13. So we have come up with common workarounds to fix the WiFi issue on iPhone devices. 

Before we start troubleshooting your phone, let’s first check the possible causes for the WiFi signal to become unstable. The stability of the WiFi signal on your iPhone device depends on the signal strength it is getting from the internet source, which is the wireless router/modem. Thus, firmware glitches on the router are likely to blame. Random software glitches and post-update bugs on your iPhone device are among other factors that trigger the symptoms to emerge.

If you are ready to fix the WiFi signal on your iPhone XR device, buckle up, read on, and get started. But 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 XR 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.

First solution: Power-cycle the router or modem

The quickest way to fix poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iPhone XR is to restart the internet source, which is the wireless router/modem. As previously mentioned, firmware glitches on the router can be the main trigger, so we better start troubleshooting the internet source before anything else. Here’s how you power-cycle a wireless router/modem:

  1. Flip the Power button on the wireless router/modem to turn the equipment off.
  2. Then unplug the AC adapter from the power outlet. 
  3. After at least 1 minute, plug the AC adapter back into the power outlet.
  4. Flip the Power button again to turn the equipment back on.

Wait until your signal indicators on the router becomes stable. Then connect your iPhone XR to your wireless network and check if there’s any improvement. If the WiFi signal remains poor or weak, you may start troubleshooting your iPhone XR device.

Second solution: Restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR.

Minor software glitches affecting your phone’s network function can also be the culprit of the poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iOS device. These glitches can be cleared out by giving your phone a quick restart. Here’s how you restart (soft reset) your iPhone XR:

  1. Press and hold the Side/Power button and either Volume buttons and then release both buttons when the Slide to Power Off command appears.
  2. Drag the power off slider to the right to turn off your phone.
  3. After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side/Power button again until the Apple logo appears.

Wait until your phone turns back on completely. Then reconnect your WiFi to see if the signal becomes better or stronger. 

Third solution: Turn Airplane Mode on and off again.

Refreshing your phone’s wireless network connection can also help fix the poor WiFi reception and weak signal on your iPhone XR. And this can be attained by turning the Airplane Mode on and off again. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings from the Home screen.
  2. Select Airplane Mode.
  3. Toggle the switch to turn the feature on. Once the Airplane Mode is enabled, your phone’s wireless radios including the wireless network connection will be disabled at once. 
  4. While Airplane Mode is enabled, reboot (soft reset) your iPhone XR.
  5. Then head back to Settings->Airplane Mode and tap the switch to disable the feature. Doing so will also restore your phone’s wireless radios and services.

Wait until your phone re-established its cellular network connection. If your WiFi is still off, go to Settings->WiFi menu and toggle the switch to enable the feature then reconnect to the available wireless network. Observe the WiFi signal on your iPhone XR. If it is showing minimal signal bars, it is an indication that the WiFi reception is still poor or weak. Therefore, you need to troubleshoot your phone further.

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Fourth solution: Forget or delete WiFi network and then rejoin.

Being connected to a corrupted wireless network will obviously give you a poor or weak WiFi signal. If this is the underlying cause, deleting the WiFi network from your phone’s directory can be of help. This is also an alternative way of giving your WiFi network a fresh and clean start. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. From your Home screen, launch the Settings app.
  2. Select WiFi.
  3. Then tap on the information “i” icon next to your WiFi’s name.
  4. Tap Forget This Network option.
  5. Then select Forget to confirm the action. Do the same to the rest of the WiFi networks saved on your phone’s directory. Doing so will avoid any of them from conflicting with the WiFi network you are currently using.
  6. Reboot your phone after deleting all saved WiFi networks, and then head back to Settings->WiFi menu to set up your WiFi again to rejoin/reconnect.

Once you have successfully reconnected or re-joined to the wireless network, check for any improvement. If you have a good to excellent WiFi signal strength, open your browser or any online services and check if you are able to connect to the internet without any problems. Otherwise, move to the next solution to fix poor WiFi reception or weak signal on iOS 13 iPhone XR.

Fifth solution: Reset network settings on your iPhone XR.

We have known for a fact that the recent system changes had the tendency to automatically alter phone’s current settings and possibly triggered conflict. To clear this out, we recommend you to restore your phone’s network settings to default using these steps:

  1. Go to Settings from Home.
  2. Select General.
  3. Scroll down to and tap Reset.
  4. Then select Reset network settings option.
  5. Enter your device passcode when needed, and then continue.
  6. Then select the option to confirm reset network settings.

After the reset, your phone will automatically reboot by itself and restores the default network settings values and options. Any invalid configurations that might have caused the WiFi signal to become unstable should be cleared out after the reset. Whenever your phone is ready, set-up your WiFi network again to reconnect.

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Still having poor WiFi reception or weak signal on your iPhone XR?

Your phone’s wireless network functions might have been seriously affected by major system errors and fatal bugs. And a factory reset is deemed to be the most effective way to eliminate complex bugs. This method can be carried out through your phone’s settings or via iTunes. Whichever option you’ll opt to, you will get the same outcome; that is losing everything including the important files saved on your phone and any fatal system error affecting your phone’s network connection functions. So make sure to back-up your files beforehand. Then just head to Settings->General->Reset->Erase all content and settings, and then follow the onscreen prompts to confirm the full system reset. If you are still unable to rectify the poor WiFi reception and weak signal on your iPhone XR device, we suggest you to contact your network service provider and seek further assistance. It is possible that there is an on-going service outage in your area; and therefore the problem can’t be fixed on your end. And if the problem has something to do with the status of your account, then everything else will be addressed once you give them a call.

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