iOS Tip 162 - Measure Your Signal Strength

If you're measuring your cellphone signal by the little dots in the top-left hand of your iPhone's display, then you're really missing out on a cool feature: using the built-in Field Test Mode feature.

You access this feature from your Phone app, but before you do that you need to do a couple of things:
• Turn off Wi-Fi (Settings > WiFi)
• Turn off LTE, because these readings can be different from standard cellphone signals (Settings > Cellular > Enable LTE)
Now you've got that out of the way, go to your Phone app, switch to the keypad and dial the following:
*3001#12345#*
Now press Call and you'll activate Field Test Mode.

To exit, just press the Home button.

If you want to replace the signal strength dots with a decibel value, press and hold down the power button until the Slide to power off message appears. Then release the power button and then press and hold the Home button for around five to ten seconds until the Field Test Mode screen disappears.
A high signal score is around -50 decibels, while a weak signal will be around -115 decibels, so basically the closer to zero the number is, the better your reception.