No service, emergency calls only, and no signal errors are among the widespread issues encountered by smartphone users regardless of brand and operating system the device is running on. These errors are likewise tagged among other network-related issues in mobile devices. When this problem occurs, you will not be able to send and receive texts, or make or receive calls on your device.
What could have possibly triggered these errors to instigate and how should the problem be remedied? These are the main questions to be addressed in this post, particularly with the new Xiaomi Mi 6 as the affected device. Read on to find out the probable causes and fixes to no service or no signal errors on your Mi 6, if necessary.
But before we go to our troubleshooting, if you happen to be looking for a solution to a different problem, then I suggest you visit our Xiaomi Mi 6 troubleshooting page for we may have already addressed concerns that are similar with yours. Feel free to use our solutions and workarounds. If they don’t work and you need further assistance, you can always contact us by completing our Android issues questionnaire and hitting submit.
What causes your Mi 6 to show a no service or no signal error?
Apparently the problem you are dealing with is related to the network and therefore can be considered a complex issue since there are a lot of factors to be regarded as possible causes. To give you some clues on what has probably gone wrong, I have mapped out all the possible causes along with some recommended workarounds that had help other smartphone users who encountered no service or no signal errors in the past. Try to find out which from among these possible causes has triggered your Mi 6 to have the same error.
Network server issues
Technical problems can occur at anytime on to the network servers and when that happen network services are become unavailable. Scheduled outages due to regular service maintenance conducted by your network service provider can also be the possible reason as to why your network becomes temporarily unavailable at times.
Apps malfunction / glitches
Your mobile network can also be halted by software glitches or apps malfunctions on your device. This can occur when some apps segments or contents get corrupted and become rogue. Refreshing the faulty app or phone itself often rectifies minor glitches though.
Incorrect or misconfigured settings
Network settings on your phone must be properly and correctly configured in order to get network services running smoothly as intended. Enabling something that shouldn’t be enabled or vice versa can make such errors instigate. If the problem occurs after making changes to relevant settings on your Mi 6, then you can try to revert the settings back to its prior configuration to fix it.
This is often overlooked by many people. Carriers often imposed a temporary disconnection also dubbed as soft disconnect to accounts with unsettled issues or balances. When this happens, outgoing mobile services associated with network functions are become unavailable. The services resume after you settled any account issue you may have with your service provider.
SIM card issues
Problems concerning the SIM card like damaged or improperly installed SIM card on the phone can also result any of these error prompts. The same thing can happen if the SIM card pins are covered with dirt. Dirts can bar the pins from having proper contacts with the SIM card slot, which then results to the device being unable to read the SIM card properly.
Physical or liquid damage
Water or physical damage on the SIM card, card slot/tray, or any of the phone’s hardware components can be the worst possible cause of this problem. This is usually to blame especially if there were previous instances of liquid exposure or dropping on your device.
If possible, try to rule hardware out from the probable causes before troubleshooting your Mi 6 software.
Possible solutions for No service or No signal error on your Xiaomi Mi6
If you are using your phone in an area that is already out of your network coverage, then try moving to some other location wherein your device is able to obtain good signal from the network. If you are certain that you’re within the scope of your network provider’s coverage but still getting a no service or no signal issue on your Mi 6, then try the following procedures to troubleshoot the underlying problem on your end. Don’t forget to test your device afterwards to find out if your Mi 6 is now able to obtain a decent signal from the network.
Reboot your Xiaomi Mi6
Rebooting your device can help rectify minor software glitches that might have caused some conflicts. This will not affect any of your personal information stored on the phone’s internal memory so it’s a safe process to begin with.
- To restart or soft reset your Xiaomi Mi 6, press and hold the Power button on the right side. When the menu appears on the screen, select Power off option then tap OK. Your phone powers down then. After a few seconds, press and hold the Power button again until the device power cycles.
See if that fixes that no service or no signal error.
Remove and reinstall SIM card
Removing and reinstalling of the SIM card from the phone can help rule out the possibility of improper placement of the SIM. Doing so will likewise help you verify ensure that the SIM card has no traces of damages. Most importantly, this will rectify any minor flaws affecting the SIM data reading functions of your phone.
- Before removing the SIM card, make sure that your Mi 6 is completely turned off.
- Use the SIM ejector to pop the tray out.
- Carefully remove the SIM card from the tray and examine it for any possible indications of water or physical damage.
If necessary, clean the SIM pins with a white eraser, microfiber cloth, or cotton swabbed in rubbing alcohol then let the SIM card dry out. Then place the SIM card back to the tray, gently push the SIM tray back into place, then turn your phone back on.
Toggle Airplane Mode on and off
Many people have found remedy from performing this workaround. All they did was to switch Airplane mode on for a few seconds then turn it back off. For some unexplained reasons, it rectifies whatever conflict transpiring between network modes on the phone. Should you wish to give it a try, head over to your Mi 6 settings then toggle the Airplane mode switch to turn it on and off.
Turning on Airplane temporarily disables connectivity features on your device including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so make sure you turn it back off.
Manually select network operator through Mobile network settings
Manually selecting the network can also help especially if the problem occurs as minor glitches with the phone’s automatic network selection function.
- To manually select network on your Mi6, go to Settings-> Networks menu. From the menu that appears, search for available networks and then select the preferred operator from the list.
- After selecting your network operator, restart your phone then see if that fixes the error.
Also make sure that mobile data is enabled on your device. If you haven’t already, try to enable mobile data network on your Mi 6 then see if that will make a difference. Here’s how:
- Open the Settings app on your phone.
- Tap Mobile networks.
- Tap the Data enabled switch to turn mobile data on and enable data access over mobile network.
- Alternatively, you can open the notification panel from the top of your screen, then tap the Data icon to turn mobile data connection on and off.
If you are roaming and couldn’t get access to your network, you need to enable data roaming on your Mi 6. You may incur significant roaming charges from doing so please check with your service provider on the charges beforehand.
- To enable data roaming on your Mi6, tap Settings-> Mobile networks-> International data roaming-> then slide the International data roaming switch to the right. This will turn on the feature.
Don’t forget to restart your phone after making necessary changes, then see if the problem has been solved.
Update device firmware
Updating the device firmware can help especially if the problem is triggered by some bugs. Software updates also contain bug fixes including those that are related to the network. Should you wish to give it a try, download the official MIUI ROM files for your Xiaomi Mi6 then proceed with the file installation. You may opt to pick the Recovery download or go for Fastboot download instead.
Seek more help
If none of these methods is able to fix the problem and your Xiaomi Mi6 is still showing no service or no signal error, then at this point you may consider opting for service instead. You can take your phone to a service center and have it diagnosed by a technician for any possible signs of damage, particularly its network components. Repair might be necessary then.
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