11 Ways to Increase Internet Speed on Your Phone and Computer

Updated on May 6, 2017
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Shushanik is a blogger who looks for non-trivial solutions to different problems, and shares them with her readers.

Are you tired of your slow Internet connection? Would you like to load files and web pages faster? Apart from some well-known solutions, here are some additional steps that will get you better and faster Internet connection.

How to Get Faster Internet on Your Phone

  • Clear the cache in your phone browser. A cell phone starts running slow when the cache is full, thus decreasing Internet speed. You can clear out cached data of each individual app or install a special clearing app.
  • Remove apps you don't use. Some apps may significantly decrease speed of the Internet even if you rarely use them. Remove all the widgets from the home screen of your device. Even working on the background they use up a lot of data.
  • Enable Reader Mode on your browser. If you are searching for text only with a web page and don’t need any images, you can activate Reader Mode and get rid of some images on your browser. This feature helps loading webpages faster.

  • Switch browser. Mobile web browsers may affect the Internet speed of your device. Some browsers show better speed and performance than others.
  • Check your network settings. To check your network settings go to Settings and click Mobile Networks. The name of the menu may vary for different devices. Make sure your phone is connected to the right network type, and not limited to 2G or 3G. Most places around the world use GSM/ WCDMA/ LTE network modes. Find the correct Network Mode and click to activate. If this did not work, try looking up the settings for your region. What we need here is to turn on the best broadband connection.

How to Get Faster Internet on Your Computer

  • Place router and computer close to each other. A slow Internet connection may be caused by poor signal of your network router. Place your PC and router closer to each other to fix this problem. The best place for the router is in the center of your home. Ideally, it should be placed on a wall or up on a high shelf. Put the router as far as you can from your neighbors’ router, power cords, wireless phones, computer wires, microwaves, nanny cams and halogen bulbs. Such wires and waves may create interference with radio signals.

  • Scan your computer with anti-virus at least once a week. Viruses may cause not only data leakage but they also may be the reason of poor internet performance.
  • Optimize cache. Internet browsers store data in browser cache to load webpages faster. If cache memory is filled up, browser will start working slower.
  • Turn off automatic updates of apps you don’t need. Background apps and especially their update may decrease connection speed. Turn off the apps you don’t use to increase the Internet speed.

  • Block Internet ads. Ad blocking is used to turn off unwanted advertising links and banners on websites. Such data may take up to 70% of a webpage weight and significantly decrease connection speed. Use the settings of an anti-virus app or an ad blocker to stop ads on websites.
  • Make sure you put password on your Wi-Fi. Sharing a Wi-Fi network by several users decreases its speed. If 20 other people connect to your Wi-Fi with its maximum speed 20 Mbps, connection speed for each user will only reach 1 Mbps. Simply put a password on your Wi-Fi network to prevent data sharing.

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        Kenneth Avery 

        3 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

        Hi, Sushanik -- very timely and helpful hub. Everyone these days either uses a PC at work or at home and faster PCs is what success is all about. You nailed it. Thanks for publishing this piece.

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