Best Android apps for boosting mobile network and Wi-Fi signals

by: Ken EastMay 25, 2012
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There’s nothing more frustrating than having a weak network signal or Wi-Fi connection, leaving you with a sluggish Internet connection or a hard time making calls or sending text messages. No matter how powerful your device is, you’re not going to enjoy it much without a decent Internet connection or a strong network signal to work with. There are Android apps to help you establish better Wi-Fi connection or to strengthen network signals. We’ve put together some of the best apps you can find on the Google Play Store for boosting mobile network and Wi-Fi signals.


Have you tried walking all around your house just to get a better signal on your phone? I bet you’ve done that at least once; it’s a little hard to guess where you can get the best signal. Some even climb to the roof of their houses just to get a better signal, but you don’t have to do that when you use OpenSignalMaps. This app will literally show you where you can get a strong signal for your device.

When you use the app, it shows you the direction of the signal through an arrow, a map and even a radar where the location of cellular towers are shown. This way, you don’t have to guess and walk around to find a signal; instead you can follow the locations of the cellular towers where a strong network signal is surely available. Aside from helping you out with your network signal, it also shows where you are getting your Wi-Fi connection, helping you find free network connections wherever you are. Try OpenSignalMaps for free from the Google Play Store.

Network Signal Info

Network Signal Info is another app that could come in handy if you are very much concerned about the strength of your Wi-Fi or network signal. It won’t make your signal stronger, but it works by helping you determine the real signal strength or Wi-Fi connection. Sometimes the signal bars on your phone can be misleading, so this app gives you a more detailed look, showing you signal strength via 14 signal bars better than the usual five bars that your device gives you.

Using the app is easy through two widgets: one for network signal and another for Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to determine your real signal strength without launching the app again and again. So don’t get fooled by your phone’s signal bars, use Network Signal Info for a better idea on your signal strength. It’s free from the Google Play Store.

WiFi Overview 360

Finding the best and fastest Wi-Fi connection available is an easy task if you use WiFi Overview 360. You can use this app to manage and optimize your WiFi connections through its channel checker and channel radar. It  will show you a detailed description of the wireless networks available, including the name, signal strength, channel number, and encryption. 

To optimize your connection, you can use the app to find a channel or frequency range where there are fewer or no wireless networks using it other than your network. To help you evaluate the wireless networks around you, the app gives you a graphical representation of all the wireless networks within its operating range. From there, the app helps you determine the best channel of choice. So if you want to optimize your network connection, try WiFi Overview 360 for free.

Wifi Analyzer

Whether you are using home Wi-Fi or you are always using free public Wi-Fi access points, WiFi Analyzer is an app that can help you boost your Wi-Fi connection. When setting up a Wi-Fi connection at home, you can use this app to evaluate the best channel to use to avoid overlapping with other Wi-Fi connections and essentially giving you better signal strength. 

It also works great if you are in a public area where there are a lot of Wi-Fi connections; you can evaluate which wireless networks are the best to connect to. The app is very easy to use. When checking for the best channel, all you have to do is look at the channel graph and choose a channel that no or fewer users are using. It’s also free to download from the Google Play Store.

Fresh Network Booster

If you are looking for an app that will boost the network signal of your device then Fresh Network Booster is one of the best apps that can help you out. Essentially, the app gives you a better signal which also means better data speed if you connect to the Internet. It reconnects your data to cell site towers, much like connecting you to a fresh network.

This app is guaranteed to give your network signal a boost. It’s also great because this app is very easy to use and as you launch it, it automatically works its magic to give you the signal strength you want. Trying it won’t also cost you a dime because it’s free on the Google Play Store.

Network Booster Free

Another app that excels in giving your phone’s signal a boost is Network Booster Free. This app essentially boosts your phone’s signal by renewing your phone’s connection to cellular tower or sites, giving your device better network signal reception. That’s very much all this app is about, but it is very effective in doing the task. Some users even mentioned that the app can give your phone signal even in dead zones, areas where there are no network signals.

Aside from the fact that it’s a great signal-boosting application for your Android device, it’s also free, so there’s no need to for you to spend some bucks just to get better network signals.

WiFi Booster Easy Connect

Most Wi-Fi booster apps help you evaluate which is the best Wi-Fi connection and you have to choose which connection you prefer. On the other hand, if you do not want to be involved in the hassle of choosing from among several connections available, then you should try WiFi Booster Easy Connect. When you use this app, you don’t have to choose which connection to connect to because the app will do it for you.

Once you are connected to a Wi-Fi connection, the app has a Wi-Fi network speed booster that will surely add some speed to your connection. All it takes are two taps: one tap to search for the best remembered Wi-Fi networks and another to search for the best open Wi-Fi networks. The app is also very light on your phone, letting you enjoy a boost in your Wi-Fi without taking too much of  your precious memory space. This app is also free, so give it a try.

WiFi Connect

Another app to help you sort out the best Wi-Fi connections around is WiFi Connect, showing you the wireless hotspots within reach and allowing you to connect to those connections easily. The app has a fun-looking interface, showing Wi-Fi connections as bits of scratch paper taped to a bulletin board. Along with scanning the connections available, the app also displays several other details to help you sort the connections further. These include the signal strength, channel number, security type, link speed, IP number, and more. And, to keep you apprised about your Wi-Fi connectivity status, the app also supports a notification feature. You have nothing to lose when you try this app because it’s also free to download from the Google Play Store.

WiFi Manager

Managing your Wi-Fi connections will be a piece of cake if you use WiFi Manager. It essentially lets you search for available networks and connect to them. If you have more than a handful of networks available, managing them would be easy with this app. The app has two widgets dedicated for displaying the information about each connection and to switch among several networks available. It also has a graphical channel which helps improve the connection quality, giving your connection speed a boost every time you use the app.

Apart from the essential Wi-Fi tweaking features of the app, it also has several other extra features of its own. It features an all-new and improved interface with dark-colored themes and a feature where you can assign descriptions and icons to every individual network. It really is a useful yet fun app to use. Get this app free from the Google Play Store.

Network Signal Speed Booster

The last app on this list is Network Signal Speed Booster but it’s definitely not the least. Evident from its name, this app is designed to improve the signal reception of your phone, therefore giving your network signal a boost. Unlike other signal boosting apps, this app is unique because it’s very easy to use. In fact, you don’t have to do anything at all. Just launch the app and watch your signal bars rise to a higher level. What the app does is it connects you to the best available cellular tower from your location. This is really one of the best and easiest signal boosting apps that you can find. And, it’s also free, so it’s definitely worth a try.

Whether you want an app just to boost your phone’s network signal, your Wi-Fi connection, or even both these features, there is an app for you. Whether you like it easy or you’d like to see every detail, you can also find an app that fits you. Just try the apps that we have featured in this article and see for yourself.  Do you need signal-boosting Android apps for your Wi-Fi or mobile network signals?  What app do you currently use?

  • Nitemann

    Great article, thanks for these.

  • Why are there no links to google play ?

    • Sky_Guy

      Click on the title of the app and it will take you there…

  • Amanda

    Help! I have a my touch 4g thats less than 6months old. I have full signal bars at my home, but for some reason I cant get onto the internet or receive incoming calls. I have spent countless hours on the phone with Tmobile, did 6 master resets, did all trouble shooting and even got a new Sim card. Ive tried different refresh network apps also. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do? Please help

  • Awhina

    Ken, here’s the situation. We have a cell-phone tower on the back of our property, so I know where the closest signal is coming from. But it’s on top of the hill and we’re in the valley. We get great broadband connection and we have WIFI in the house. I can receive emails through my HTC ( just found out that I could) but I can’t send or receive text msgs or phone calls. Which of these apps would you recommend?

    • jsapper55

      Hi, my name is Jeff.
      I used to design antenna systems and will tell you this, though wifi, cell, and analog radio on different frequencies, and antenna designers say differently, frequencies can interfere with each other. I have on numerous experiments to prove my point, such as being near a TV and using a Motorola radio. when I clicked on to talk on the radio it totally destroyed the TV signal. The theory I have come up with is the much stronger signal can act as a shield and block the weaker signals.
      If you live next to a tower of any type, it will create disturbances in weaker signals.
      I know you don’t want to hear this: but what you can try is purchase an active cell phone booster and see if it helps. DO NOT purchase one on eBay as it might not work. you would be better off going to Radio Shack or a reputable electronics store where are you could return items easily. This way you could try an item

      • Wuddyasay

        Hey, let Radio Shack have your business or more of them will close and you won’t have any local electronic stores anymore. Besides, what’s your time worth? It’s time consuming to package it back up and go back to the store and then order another one. Let’s not screw the local businesses to save a few bucks.

  • Nellie

    why can’t i access wifi booster easy connect anymore? ive used it and it really works but i accidentally uninstalled it.. i try to install it again but i cant find it now?

    • jsapper55

      Understand this about these booster apps, they truly don’t boost signals, but simply lock on to a better tower. This can also be accomplished by, and this is what the boost apps do, is to put your phone in airplane mode, give it about 15 seconds, then uncheck the airplane mode. what this does is just force your phone to search for a new tower. Unfortunately, most phones won’t do this on their own. Installing an app is just a convenience feature so it’s just one click instead of searching for airplane mode.

  • napalmseth

    Its hard to download these apps when I have no signal!!!!

  • huma

    Thanks for sharing valuable information. I want to ask one question. I have HTC 3D cell phone, android with poor mobile network. I tried above said network booster apps but these are not compatible with my cell phone kindly send me link of more such booster apps for my cell phone
    Best regards
    Huma dr

    • Reppy07

      Switch your airplane mode on until your signal is out and turn it back off and wait a few moments for the signal to show up. You will have roughly 10 seconds of acquired signal strength. You’d be surprised how good that works.

      Keep in mind that if that doesn’t acquire a signal at all, you may want to think of switching carriers. Sometimes interference will cut your signal such as trees and metal, even if your phone shows you have a decent signal. This is my case at my farm.

  • Tran Nguyen

    Why is smartphone ‘s hardware didn’t make good wifi signal?

  • openyoureyespeople

    There is no app that’ll boost your speed ok people. So don’t be so gullible or should I say stupid. For example on the play store weec developed a app called Internet booster buy truapps it has the most positive reviews and one of the most downloads of any Internet booster. The thing is its a placebo and in the disclaimer its clearly stated that it does not work and is a prank but for some reason nobody reads anymore and they left reviews saying wow it really works. Lol ha ha @ idiots. It is sad that society is so gullible though.But let this be a wake up call. You want faster data speeds then change carriers or help them build a better tower. Either way it’s not possible with a app and exploited how gullible and stupid humans are. Check out the app for yourself. Internet booster by truapps. Read the ENTIRE app description and just not the first seentece and a couple reviews and say ok it must work. Because apps well some apps are coded with eula mal ware spywarw etc. Okay so let this be a wake up call please people.
    Michaeladamsokc @ googly mail figure that out too.

    • Reppy07

      For a little reality wake up call for you as well.

      You are very much correct in a lot of these apps being placebos but one thing you’re not realizing because you’re an idiot.

      “Refresh network”. I can acquire a stronger signal by merely switching airplane mode on and off. Some of these apps are designed to do just that but, without literally shutting everything off.

      At my farm in my spare house, my phone will tell me I have near full signal but for some reason I can’t send or receive texts and calls to save my life. Airplane mode will momentarily allow me to send and receive. BRIEFLY. Which at least works.

      The app I used did exactly that as well but without shutting my wifi off. Only momentarily and briefly just as airplane mode did.

      So, don’t go on a power trip rant clammering like your the king of retards.

      Only thing I wish is that such an app could be set to run in the background when you want it to and have it refresh your signal in set intervals so a person can leave their phone on the counter and have confidence in knowing you will receive anything sent to you. I’d personally have it set for 15 minute intervals and only when I’m at my spare house. THAT would be perfect.

      • Michael Pelley

        As of Android 4.3, apps can no longer “refresh your connection”. OpenSignal used to do it on my Android 4.1 Galaxy S3 all the time, it was a great feature. But as of Android 4.3, the button states that this can no longer be done by apps. It has to be done manually, by switching airplane mode on/off or simply by restarting your phone.

        So yes, these apps are basically exploiting stupid people for being stupid. (but stupid people won’t realize this until they stop being stupid)

        If anyone actually did their research on what the app actually did, they’d know this by now.

        But, unfortunately this world is only getting dumber.

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  • Dorel_C

    just set your cell on the GSM mode and your battery will be saved and better signal !!

  • Anna Dagum

    Also, try downloading the Cloudcheck app. Cloudcheck has a feature called Smartifi that monitors your wireless usage per device connected and allows users a holistic view into their network’s performance and productivity. Super useful for troubleshooting and learning how to configure your router’s settings for optimized performance!

  • Christopher L Banacka

    Anyone care to shed any light on how some of these “work”?

    I downloaded Fresh Network Booster and there is no change, for better or worse in the DB level for my data signal strength.
    And just for giggles i tried a speed test, and no changes.

    I fail to see how anything would work on an unrooted phone (mine is rooted), but this app did not need root access to “work”