1. neurodave's Avatar
    Hello everyone!

    I have seen a lot of screenshots of many people running iOS 7 on their iPhone, and instead of having the not so pleasing dots, they have the actual numerical equivalent of the signal strength.

    Can someone let me in on the secret? I'd much prefer that to these horrid dots!
    09-27-2013 10:14 AM
  2. Fausty82's Avatar
    Here’s how it’s done:

    Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

    Step 2: You'll now enter Field Test mode. You'll notice a signal strength indicator on the upper left hand corner of your screen. You can toggle between signal strength bars and a number by simply taping on it. At this point, press the home button to exit the app or if you would like the feature to be permanent, continue on. Don't worry, the process is completely reversible.

    Step 3: Hold down on the Power button until you see the ‘slide to power off' bar. Do not power off the device.

    Step 4: Press down on the Home button until the app closes and you return to your home screen. (NOTE: User bladepwns reports that on iOS 7, this does not return you to the home screen. He reports that powering OFF your phone while in FIELD TEST mode will accomplish the same thing.)

    That's it. Even when restarting the iPhone, the signal strength can be toggled between bars and numbers. The closer your number is to zero, the stronger your signal is.

    The lower your number, the stronger your signal—but don't include the - sign when evaluating (so, if the signal says -60, that's better than -90).

    To return to the default bars permanently, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

    Step 2: Press on your Home Button once.

    This trick may come in handy when you're in a dead zone and need to know where to move to for a better signal.
    Last edited by Fausty82; 09-27-2013 at 01:07 PM.
    09-27-2013 10:16 AM
  3. kch50428's Avatar
    I get field test mode OK - but can't get the signal strength to persist...
    09-27-2013 10:20 AM
  4. Fausty82's Avatar
    I get field test mode OK - but can't get the signal strength to persist...
    Hmmm. There are two options in step 2... are you pressing HOME and quitting the process or continuing on to steps 3 and 4? I’ve done this multiple times on multiple devices without problems... wonder if it’s a GSM/CDMA thing?
    09-27-2013 10:35 AM
  5. neurodave's Avatar
    Sweeeeeet! It worked like a charm. I rebooted the phone just to make sure it was still there, too.

    Thanks a million! I prefer this to the darn dots!
    09-27-2013 10:37 AM
  6. mjsavage's Avatar
    Got to step 4 but it doesn't close the app it just reconnects and stays there. On Verizon
    09-27-2013 12:05 PM
  7. kch50428's Avatar
    Hmmm. There are two options in step 2... are you pressing HOME and quitting the process or continuing on to steps 3 and 4? I’ve done this multiple times on multiple devices without problems... wonder if it’s a GSM/CDMA thing?
    Yes, I'm completing the steps as written... it may be something the 5S does the 5 does not...
    09-27-2013 12:14 PM
  8. Motorbones's Avatar
    Got to step 4 but it doesn't close the app it just reconnects and stays there. On Verizon
    I have Verizon and tried it several times before I got it to work. What I finally did was dial the number, hold the power button until the slide bar came up, hold the home button until the program completely clears and the phone returns to the home screen. Then it'll stay.
    09-27-2013 12:22 PM
  9. Fausty82's Avatar
    I don’t remember exactly where I got this info originally... I’ve been using it for several years now...

    I just did a quick serach and found a couple of sites with the same info... perhaps it’s something to do with the iPhone 5S, as Keith suggested... I had it on my iPhone 5 and it came back on my 5S when I restored from a backup.
    09-27-2013 12:23 PM
  10. kch50428's Avatar
    Ok... so I just tried it again... and and it worked... weirdness...
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    09-27-2013 12:26 PM
  11. Fausty82's Avatar
    Ok... so I just tried it again... and and it worked... weirdness...
    interesting...
    09-27-2013 12:27 PM
  12. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    Step 4 isn't working correctly for me. When I hold home, it goes back to the app and stays there, and doesn't return to the home screen. If I press home again, it goes to the home screen and reverts back to the dots. Am I interpreting this step wrong or do I just need to keep trying? I tried to keep holding home down after returning to the app - maybe I just didn't wait long enough. It appeared nothing was going to happen so I let off.
    09-27-2013 12:34 PM
  13. kch50428's Avatar
    Am I interpreting this step wrong or do I just need to keep trying?
    Keep trying...
    09-27-2013 12:35 PM
  14. bladepwns's Avatar
    I have used this trick for years, only I just noticed than on iOS 7 holding the home button will no longer suffice. It now seems to bring me back to Field Test. Powering down the device while in Field Test did the trick, though.
    Fausty82, Grabber5.0 and rdubmu like this.
    09-27-2013 12:47 PM
  15. taz323's Avatar
    Heres how its done:

    Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

    Step 2: You'll now enter Field Test mode. You'll notice a signal strength indicator on the upper left hand corner of your screen. You can toggle between signal strength bars and a number by simply taping on it. At this point, press the home button to exit the app or if you would like the feature to be permanent, continue on. Don't worry, the process is completely reversible.

    Step 3: Hold down on the Power button until you see the slide to power off' bar. Do not power off the device.

    Step 4: Press down on the Home button until the app closes and you return to your home screen. (NOTE: User bladepwns reports that on iOS 7, this does not return you to the home screen. He reports that powering OFF your phone while in FIELD TEST mode will accomplish the same thing.)

    That's it. Even when restarting the iPhone, the signal strength can be toggled between bars and numbers. The closer your number is to zero, the stronger your signal is.

    The lower your number, the stronger your signalbut don't include the - sign when evaluating (so, if the signal says -60, that's better than -90).

    To return to the default bars permanently, follow these steps:

    Step 1: Dial *3001#12345#* on your iPhone then press Call.

    Step 2: Press on your Home Button once.

    This trick may come in handy when you're in a dead zone and need to know where to move to for a better signal.
    That is so cool,thanks
    09-27-2013 01:11 PM
  16. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    I have used this trick for years, only I just noticed than on iOS 7 holding the home button will no longer suffice. It now seems to bring me back to Field Test. Powering down the device while in Field Test did the trick, though.
    Thanks this finally worked for me.
    09-27-2013 02:35 PM
  17. Terb's Avatar
    Nice, change over went perfect.
    I like that a lot better than looking at them dots -67 ATM

    Btw, is this possible to set up on the iPad ??
    09-27-2013 02:50 PM
  18. ankush77's Avatar
    it was a long process indeed
    09-28-2013 03:22 PM
  19. Fausty82's Avatar
    Nice, change over went perfect.
    I like that a lot better than looking at them dots -67 ATM

    Btw, is this possible to set up on the iPad ??
    Not sure. All
    Of our iPads are wifi only. Won't do any damage it will either work or it wont.
    09-28-2013 03:42 PM
  20. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    Works great on my iPhone 5s.
    11-09-2013 10:10 AM
  21. mumfoau's Avatar
    I did this earlier this morning but switched back as the dBm just adds confusion for me as I've not found anything that helps me understand what a good signal in dBm is. Lol
    11-09-2013 10:10 AM
  22. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    I did this earlier this morning but switched back as the dBm just adds confusion for me as I've not found anything that helps me understand what a good signal in dBm is. Lol
    The closer you get to 0 is best! My signal is at 97 right now. Lol
    11-09-2013 10:11 AM
  23. Trees's Avatar
    I did this earlier this morning but switched back as the dBm just adds confusion for me as I've not found anything that helps me understand what a good signal in dBm is. Lol
    That's a good perspective. EmceeGeek is right. I didn't really know much more than lower values are better. Reading up on it a bit, I think that Apple and other cell phone manufacturers are wise to use a relative method for strength. In Apples case, more dots means "closer to zero". Like you I'd much rather worry about dots than begin to obsess over integers.
    dBm - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    How to read signal strength in dbm's - Wireless - Wireless Networking
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    11-09-2013 10:26 AM
  24. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    The closer you get to 0 is best! My signal is at 97 right now. Lol
    Mine is hovering around the -92 mark.
    11-09-2013 10:46 AM
  25. McSkullough's Avatar
    Works for me on Sprint iPhone 4! Thanks.


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    11-09-2013 03:18 PM
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