Skip navigation

iPhone 4 s searching

909 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Apr 9, 2013 6:09 PM by Tmoore1 RSS
Princess78 Calculating status...
Currently Being Moderated
Apr 11, 2012 8:04 AM

I got new iPhone and it always searching I have restore it back to factory setting . Not sure what else to do

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1
  • gdgmacguy Level 6 Level 6 (18,405 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 11, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to Princess78)

    searching for what?

  • stephen from strabane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 13, 2012 7:07 AM (in response to Princess78)

    I've purchased a 4S this week and I find that the signal is good if it's not being held but when I hold it in my hand I can watch the signal bars drop to no signal within 20 seconds. If I put it down the signal will restore within 20 seconds back to where it was.


    I know that the iphone 4 had the issue with signal strength and integrity but I thought that this had been ironed out by the time the 4S came along.


    I have a silicone and hard skinned case coming so I'll be interested to see if when my skin isn't in direct contact with the phone will the signal still drop.


    On the one call I have received so far the call quality was fine but then as I had the phone to my ear I don't know how many bars of signal were showing.


    One solution told me to turn off the 3G settings to help improve the signal quality

  • stephen from strabane Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Sep 17, 2012 1:32 AM (in response to stephen from strabane)

    The case for the phone arrived and it went on the phone a few days ago. Since then the signal quality has been consistent with no drop off in signal when handling the phone. This seems to have sorted the problem hopefully.

  • Tmoore1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Currently Being Moderated
    Apr 9, 2013 6:09 PM (in response to Princess78)

    I just got it to reproduce the issue exactly.. Go into Settings, General, then Date & Time and turn off "Set Automatically".  Apparently when I had this turned on the signal drops to 1 bar, the location icon shows up, then it goes to "Searching".  Once I turned this off all the bars came back on.  I can flip it back on, wait about 10 secs, and watch the bars drop to nothing.


    This definately started with IOS6 on my iPhone 4s.. and I'm pretty sure that's a software bug.


    No other method worked and I tried them all including a sim card replacement.  Hopefully Apple will investigate this.


More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)


  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.