What to do if you’re having network issues and what might be causing the problem. Plus other ways to stay connected.
- What should I do if I’m having signal issues?
Use the O2 network status checker to see if there’s a known network connection problem in your area, or to report an unknown issue to us. From here, you’ll be able to subscribe to updates using Keep Me Posted.
If there’s no known issue, try manually resetting your device by:
- Turning your phone off and on
- Making sure mobile data is turned on in your settings
- Choosing the O2 network manually in your settings
- Resetting your network settings (this will also reset Wi-Fi networks and passwords, cellular settings, VPN and APN settings that you’ve used before)
Instructions on how to take these steps can be found using our device-specific trouble-shooter here.
If you think there might be an issue with your device or sim:
- Try your sim in a different O2 phone
- Try a different O2 sim in your phone
If you need more help with solving signal issues, visit the O2 Community where our Gurus will be able to offer more advice.
- Why does the status checker tell me the network is working fine, but I can't connect?
There are lots of things that may temporarily impact your service including weather, infrastructure and the amount of people in your vicinity trying to connect.
- Why does the coverage checker say I should have coverage in my area, but I don't?
The coverage checker is based on coverage predictions, and can never be 100% accurate because of things like trees, buildings and hills affecting actual coverage. We try to make sure our predictions are as accurate as possible, and have edited the coverage checker to take into account these coverage limitations.
You can use the network status checker or the My Network app to check for any known issues with our network, or to report a problem.
- How can I stay connected when I have no signal?
When you have no signal, you can use Wifi to call and message instead.
If it's available with your device, you can use our Wifi Calling service to make and receive calls when you have no signal. We also have over 16,000 O2 Wifi hotspots available to connect to for free, which offer speeds up to 10 times faster than a normal mobile connection.
- What is the My Network app?
Use the My Network app to keep an eye on your coverage, wherever you are. Download the app and you’ll be able to:
- Check the status of our network in your area – you don’t even need to enter your postcode
- Test your network speeds
- Report any issues with your service
- Sign up to receive updates on any reported network issues.
It is simple to use and you can check the network right from your phone.
What affects my signal?
We know how important our network is to you and we always do our best to keep you connected. To keep improving our network, occasionally we have to carry out essential work, which may cause some problems. You can keep up to date by checking the network status checker.
There are also other factors that could affect your signal:
Your signal will always be stronger outside. When you’re inside, signal strength will vary depending on the type of building you’re in.
Problems with your phone
Your signal might be worse if your battery is low, or if you’re due a software update. You won’t be able to get signal if your account has been suspended.
The closer to a mast you are, the stronger your signal will be. Things like trees and hills will also play a part.
Sometimes signal can be affected by extreme weather conditions, like strong winds or flooding.
If there’s a crane or scaffolding around, you might find your signal is worse than usual in a certain area.
We occasionally have to carry out some work on our network, this might cause some problems with your signal.
Other ways to connect
Our network connects you to the people and things you love. Here are some of the ways to get a great experience, wherever you are.
- O2 Wifi
Experiencing slow data speeds at a busy central location? See if you can connect to one of our 16,000+ free wifi hotspots, and boost your speed by up to 10x. Learn more about O2 Wifi.
- Wifi and 4G Calling
No signal? No problem, with Wifi Calling. Whether you’re at home, in a coffee shop or at the office, if you’re having a signal problem, you can use Wifi to call as normal. And 4G calling lets you make calls over 4G, meaning clearer calls. Learn more about Wifi and 4G Calling.
- Wifi on the Underground
O2 Customers can enjoy access to wifi on the Underground with Wifi Extra. Wifi Extra is available in ticket halls, walkways, on escalators and platforms at over 250 Tube stations – that’s over 95% of the London Underground network. Learn more about Wifi on the Underground.
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