What’s Blocking My Cell Phone Signal?

Building materials, organic factors, cell tower location, cell tower capacity and a variety of other factors can have a negative impact on your cell phone signal.

So, you’ve got bad cell reception and your Fitbit numbers are climbing from baby-stepping around the building to get a better connection?

More than likely walking outside right now is your best bet for tapping into a clearer and stronger cell phone signal. There are real reasons for this. Building materials, particularly the materials that stand in the way of you and that clear cellular signal you need.

Cell phone carriers tend to be the scapegoats in these situations when the likely culprits are the materials and objects around you. Below is a list of things you will want to avoid next time you are unable to make or receive a call, text, or access other cellular data.

Some of the more obvious cell phone connection inhibitors:

Building Materials

Organic Factors

Cell Tower Location and Direction

Cell Tower User Capacity

Some of the less obvious cell phone reception inhibitors:



Radio Frequency (RF) Interference

To sum things up, each of these inhibitors work in combination with each other. For example, one sheet of drywall will block some reception whereas ten sheets of drywall may block all reception.

This being the case, we suggest taking a combined approach to creating a space with good cellular reception. The best practice would be to use a cell tower locator app to place your antenna(e) in the best location on your property and, if you have reception outside of your building, use a cell signal booster and point the outdoor antenna at the tower and place the indoor antenna in your most used area of the house.

Here is a great post where you can learn about all of your options for improving cell phone reception.