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Mobile network not available: Quick Fix

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Mobile phones are amazing, but they soon become useless slabs of glass without network coverage backing them up. After all, you can also carry so much on your device, not to mention the inability to call someone if you’re not getting any network coverage.

In this article, we’re going over a few fixes you can try out if your mobile network goes missing. 

Also read: Sim card not working: 9 Fixes

Restart your phone

Restarting your phone can solve a bunch of seemingly random issues, including but not limited to any network issues that you might be facing. It just resets everything inside, including your network chip and antennas and gives your phone a fresh start to try and detect any signals nearby. 

Eject and re-insert SIM card

The next thing is to remove the SIM card from your phone and re-insert it in the device. This allows you to physically inspect the SIM card for any physical damage or scratches on the metal contact, causing the problem.

Use the Airplane mode

Enabling airplane mode and then disabling it effectively restarts all the network equipment inside your phone, including your WiFi, Bluetooth and, of course, the network modules. It’s just like soft rebooting your phone and can help solve this problem.

Check for roaming issues

When you wander out of your carrier’s local zone, you might experience roaming settings that can bar your phone from picking up network signals. Be sure to either disable these settings in your phone or have a whole other SIM card altogether for when you’re venturing out. 

Also read: What is eSIM card? Advantages and Disadvantages

Check if your SIM card is enabled

Some phones have an option that can be used to enable or disable SIM cards in the phone. Check your settings to ensure that your SIM isn’t disabled. 

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  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap on Network & Internet.
  • Tap SIM Cards.
  • Make sure both your SIM slots are enabled. 

Reset your phone’s network settings

Incorrect network settings can cause all sorts of problems, including SIM cards not being detected or malfunctioning. Doing this resets your WiFi networks, Bluetooth connections, cellular and even VPN settings.

Check out our detailed guide on how to reset network settings what doing so can do here. 

Set the network mode to auto

Open your phone’s settings and follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Head over to your phone’s settings and tap on Network & Internet.
  • Tap on the SIM that’s causing problems.
  • Tap Advanced.
  • Tap Preferred network type. Make sure that the recommended network type is selected.
  • Also ensure that the Automatically select network toggle is enabled. 

Clear your phone’s cache 

Now, this is an Android-specific method and requires you to boot into the phone’s bootloader. Here’s how. 

Turn your phone off and then hold down the power and volume down keys for about 15 seconds to enter the bootloader. If that doesn’t work, consult your phone’s manual or even a simple Google search will suffice. Once you’re in, you should see an option to clear the phone cache. Do that, and your phone should work just fine after the restart. If you don’t see any such option, try out the other methods listed here.

Also read: How to block your Airtel SIM card?

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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