Does raising your arm to the sky improve your cell reception?

We’ve all been desperate for cell service. Maybe you were at a music festival, or out in the woods, or just in your parents’ backyard when your phone lost a connection. You probably instinctively threw your arm in the sky in an attempt to get better reception.

I don’t know why we do this. It’s just a thing we’ve started doing. Does it help? No, not really.

Lifting your arm won’t change your service, but, he says, walking could wrangle you more bars, especially if you’re in a city. Cell reception can be questionable in cities because buildings affect how the signal reaches your device. Walking even a few feet might change how the signal reaches you.

So stop raising your arm to the sky, it isn’t helping.

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