3 Easy Ways To Test Internet Speed on Android
Having a stable internet connection is one of the basic requirements for using your Android device to the fullest. With that said, internet speed is not always stable, especially if you are using a mobile data connection.
Your Android phone has some built-in features that show the internet connection speed by default. Along with that, you can use other methods such as apps and websites to check your internet speed right through your smartphone.
The methods I am going to explain in this guide will help you diagnose issues with your internet connection by testing if you are getting the internet speed that you are paying for or not.
Below are some easy methods to check your internet speed through your Android device.
Display internet speed on the status bar
A neat feature that is available as default in a majority of Android phones is the option to display internet speed on your phone’s status bar.
This feature allows you to check how much internet speed you are getting when using the internet on your Android. The best part about this feature is that you don’t have to rely on third-party apps or install any additional tools to test internet speed.
This feature may be disabled on your Android device, and you will have to activate it by going to your phone settings. You can follow these simple steps to enable internet speed display on the status bar:
Step 1. Go to your Android device’s settings, find the Notification panel & status bar option, and tap on it.
Step 2. Once inside the Notification panel & status bar settings, enable the Display network speed option.
And that’s it now you will be able to see internet speed on the status bar whenever you are using the internet.
Note: This feature may not be available in Android devices running stock android. If you can’t find this option in your Android device’s settings menu, you can try some of the other methods listed below.
Go to Speedtest.net through your Android browser
As long as your Android phone is connected to the internet, you can use your phone’s default browser to test your internet speed.
All you need to do is open your Android device’s web browser and type Speedtest.net in the address bar.
You will be taken to the SPEEDTEST website that is free to use. Once the website loads up, all you have to do is tap the button that says GO.
Your internet speed test will begin as soon as you press go, and you will get information such as your connection’s upload speed, download speed, as well as ping information.
You don’t have to download any apps or log into any accounts to use the SPEEDTEST website, which makes it a great alternative if your phone doesn’t show internet speed on the status bar.
Using Speedtest by Ookla app to test internet speed
Going to your Android device’s web browser and typing the web address every time you want to test internet speed can be a bit of a hassle.
So if you have to test the internet speed quite frequently, it is best to download the Speedtest for Android which is provided by the same developers who created the SPEEDTEST website we talked about above.
Once you have downloaded the app, open it up and follow the instructions provided below to test your connection speed:
Step 1. Give the app proper permissions to work on your phone.
Step 2. Once the app has been set up, and you have gone through the introductions, tap on GO.
Step 3. Wait for the speed test to complete, and you will have the download speed, upload speed, and other information related to your connection speed.
This lightweight yet accurate internet speed test app is trusted worldwide and has become a gold standard for testing internet speeds.
I have tested all these methods, and they are highly accurate and reliable in testing your internet speed right through your Android device.
However, the status bar feature is the best method to test internet speed simply because it doesn’t require you to activate any apps, and it is present in the status bar 24/7 once you turn it on.