What would your smartphone be without internet connectivity? You’d still be able to make calls, send text messages, play some games and take photos. But you wouldn’t be able to watch YouTube videos, login to social media, conduct online research, and do a whole lot of other important things. The Internet is one of the key facets that have triggered widespread use of smartphones. And in today’s modern age, slow internet has no place in your life. You need to be able to access whatever information you need without having to wait for pages that load for minutes or videos that keep buffering every few seconds. This article offers some insightful tips as to how you can boost Wi-Fi and internet speeds on your Android smartphone.
Your phone’s processor and RAM can affect connectivity speed. But outside of your smartphone, Internet speed depends on a lot of factors such as mobile carrier and WiFi speed. It’s important to understand that all these factors have a role to play.
Test your internet download speed
You must have some idea how fast or slow your internet connection already is before you can result to boosting it. There are scores of websites that allow you to ping your ISP and gauge the speed of the connectivity on the go. A good example is speedtest.net, which gives you an insightful graph for both download and upload speeds within just a couple of clicks.
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How to increase Wi-Fi speed
Apps such as WiFi | Mobile Network Speed and Wifi Booster & Analyzer allow you to find the gauge the strength of various Wi-Fi networks, and analyze the speed of the network. You even get an option to increase the speed of your Wi-Fi connectivity (as is the case with Wi-Fi Booster app).
Other actions to increase download speeds
The following tweaks and fixes will generally improve your internet connectivity speeds.
- Clear cache – it’s no secret that Android smartphones often get slow when there’s less cache memory. Have it in mind that your phone’s cache is a limited resource and often gets full whenever you run different apps. Thus, you regularly need to clear it in order to maintain good performance. There are tons of Apps on the Google Play Store that automatically do this for you (e.g. Clean Master).
- Kill unwanted apps – some unwanted apps running in the background will keep utilizing your processor, thus making your device slower. Hold the Menu key to get a listing of apps that are currently running on your device. You can kill the ones you don’t need. Also, consider uninstalling apps that are just taking residence in your smartphone without providing any form of usefulness.
- Choose the right browser – you probably already know that some browsers are faster than others. While Chrome is no doubt a feature-packed, useful Android browser, I’ll always switch to Dolphin or UC Browser whenever I’m having trouble connecting to something.
- Use 3G or 4G (LTE) networks – this is another common culprit that affects your phone’s connectivity speed. Navigate to Settings>Wireless & Networks and then activate either 3G or 4G (if this is available) under Mobile Networks. You’ll certainly experience much faster speed as compared to 2G.
- Manage permissions to access data – there are probably tons of games and other apps that keep using your data for no good reason at all. Be a master of your own device by getting into the habit of managing app permissions regularly. There’s no reason that alarm app should be asking for permission to access data.
These simple tips and strategies can help boost your download speeds by up to 30%, so they’re definitely worth a try.
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