Slow internet, huh? In this era of 4G and 5G? Yes, slow internet is still a problem these days. And honestly speaking, it is one of the most painful and frustrating situations one could ever be in. Well, there are a couple of fixes for this problem.
The truth is slow internet is not caused by just one factor. There are a few reasons why your internet speed will drop. Let’s see some of these factors.
Reasons for slow internet on mobile devices
On mobile devices, slow internet could be caused by the following reasons:
- Poor weather conditions can be a culprit in slow internet on smartphones.
- The apps running and downloading in the background can cause your internet to throttle.
- In a crowded place where a lot of people are trying to connect to the same cell towers at the same time can prevent you from enjoying the best internet speed.
- Your problem could be the device you’re using. It may be simply outdated and doesn’t support newer and faster networks.
- Reception/coverage! The reception in your location may be poor because there isn’t much coverage of the network carrier over there. This is a problem for your telecom company to solve.
How to fix slow internet speed on mobile
Well, there isn’t really a single tip to fix slow internet speeds. We just have to do a few things we could to boost the speed.
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- Uninstall unnecessary apps as they may be sharing your data connection thus slowing things up.
- Check your smartphone’s network settings and go for 3G/4G option rather than 2G.
- Clear your browser’s cache. It might be the obstruction for fast internet speed.
- Try lightweight and data-saving browsers like Chrome Lite and Opera Mini.
If you do these and the problem isn’t still solved, it may be your device. If the device isn’t that old, check with your network provider.
Fixing slow internet speed for Wi-Fi networks
1. Using a 2.5 GHz Wi-Fi router
You are probably using a 2.5 GHz router and that is asking too much from your router. To get a better internet speed, it is better you get a 5 GHz router. That is, when you fancy speed more than range of signals.
2. Malware and Adware
There could the possibility that your computer has been affected by some malware which is eating up your bandwidth. Such malware, like adware, may be downloading stuff you do not need and without your permission. Just scan your computer with an up-to-date antivirus software.
3. Background running apps & software
There may not be any malware on your device but the internet is still slow. The culprit could be apps running in the background. They may be stifling the bandwidth. You can turn off file-syncing tools like DropBox and Google Drive. Remember to turn off auto-updates as well.
4. Obstructed Wi-Fi router signals
Perhaps, where you’ve placed your router is rather blocking the signals. It is always advisable to place your router in open spaces so that nothing would interfere with its signals. Some things that obstruct Wi-Fi signals include microwaves, baby monitors, and cordless phones.
5. Multiple devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Many devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network can throttle the speed of the network. One device may be streaming YouTube, the others are doing some heavy downloads. Obviously, your router can’t cater for all that in the way you’d want it.
Just upgrade your data plan and your router. It is better to get a router with Quality of Service (QoS) functionality that performs better bandwidth allocations.
If you tried all the above fixes and still having the problem then contact your network provider.