Check How Fast Your Internet Connection Is on Android

Edited by Jay

There are several reasons why someone would want to test the speed of their internet connection on their Android device. Maybe you want to ensure that you're getting the speeds that your ISP (internet service provider) or mobile carrier is charging you for, or, perhaps you want to make sure your connection can handle multiple users active at the same time. Whatever the reason, having an accurate read on the actual speed (Mbps or megabits per second) of your network connection is useful information to know.

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Fortunately, there are a few simple and reliable methods to use when testing just how fast the internet is on your Android device is. In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to show how to test the speed of your network (WiFi and Data) by using Google via the mobile browser of your choice, as well as with the Speedtest app by Ookla.

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For this article, we used a Google Pixel, running Android 8.1.0. If you're using an older version of Android, the below methods will work with no issues.

**Please Note**

When you test your internet speed, make sure you check your WiFi and Data connections separately. Also, don't be alarmed if your speed tests indicate that your Android device has a slower internet connection than your laptop or desktop. This is quite common and can be caused by many factors (phone's network adapter, apps connecting to the internet in the background, etc.).

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Enable Data and WiFi on Android

Before checking your devices internet speed, we need to enable either WiFi or Data.

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    On the home screen, swipe up to access your app tray.
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    From inside the app tray, tap the "Settings" icon.
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    On the Settings screen, tap "Network & Internet".
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    From the Network & Internet screen, tap "WiFi".
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    Here on the WiFi screen, toggle the switch to turn it on
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    Once enabled, make sure you connect to your preferred network.
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    To turn on mobile data, head back to the Network & Internet screen, then tap "Mobile network".
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    On the Data usage screen, toggle the switch next to "Mobile data" to turn it on.
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Test Internet Speed with Google

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    From either your home screen or app drawer, launch a mobile browser
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    In our example, we used Chrome.
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    With a mobile browser open, go to Google's search and type; "speed test" (without the quotes)
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    Tap the first link when the results populate.
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    With Google's Internet speed test open, tap "RUN SPEED TEST".
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    The test will first check your connections download speed.
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    Next, the test will check your Internets upload speed.
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    Once both your download and upload speeds are tested, the results will be displayed near the top of the screen (Mbps)
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    You'll also notice a small write-up describing what your connection speed is typically capable of handling. You can rerun the test by tapping, "TEST AGAIN".
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Test Internet Speed with Speedtest by Ookla App

Several free and paid apps can test the speed of your internet connection. For this how-to, we went with Speedtest by Ookla due to its consistency and track record. You can, of course, use any app you wish.

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    From your home screen, swipe up to access your app drawer.
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Once inside your app drawer, tap the "Play Store" app.

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    When the Play Store app launches, search for; "speedtest by ookla" (with no quotation marks)
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    Tap "Speedtest by Ookla" when the search results return.
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    On the app's information screen, tap the green "INSTALL" button.
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    For the app to function correctly, it will require access to various options on your device
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    Tap "ACCEPT" to continue.
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    When the installation is complete, tap the green "OPEN" button.
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    With Speedtest open, tap the large "GO" button in the center of the screen.
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    Speedtest will first check your download speed.
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    Next, Speedtest will check your upload speed.
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    When both your download and upload speeds have been tested, the results will be displayed in Mbps (megabits per second).
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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