Top 9 Modern Ways to Increase Your Internet Speed
Mobile Internet providers have learned to give speeds of tens of megabits per second, and home Internet providers have learned to give speeds of hundreds of megabits per second. However, often, despite the high tariff promises, the user receives an extremely low-speed Internet connection. As a result, he cannot only gamble at the casino Brasil but also create simple tasks via Google Docs. Want to fix it? Then, follow these tips.
Close Unnecessary Programs
Many applications for smartphones, tablets, and computers often run in the background, unnoticed downloading some data. These can be social networking clients, torrents, mobile games, and even regular browsers that download something for some reason, like a YouTube video you’ve already forgotten about. Start closing apps one by one and monitor how your access speed changes.
Reduce Video Quality
If there’s no time to look for reasons for slow Internet speeds, you can use a temporary measure – sacrifice content quality. You can change the resolution of your video on YouTube and other sites in the video settings. By default, it can be set to 1080p or 720p. Change this setting to 480p or 320p. The picture won’t be as clear, but the video will load faster and won’t freeze.
Change Your Browser to a Faster One
First, all browsers should be updated regularly (they offer to do this as needed, and you shouldn’t refuse). Secondly, you can try to use fast browsers that support so-called turbo mode. For Chrome, you need to download the Data Saver extension.
In turbo mode, some of the traffic, including heavy pictures and videos, is automatically downloaded to the company’s server. There the files are resized (with a partial loss of quality), and then it’s sent to the user’s computer. This saves mobile traffic and speeds up the loading of websites.
Turn off Automatic App Updates
The update system of installed mobile apps on your iPhone or Android smartphone may discreetly download a large amount of data, reducing the overall bandwidth. That’s why it’s worthwhile to disable automatic app updates. You can run it manually as needed or, for example, before going to bed, when everything is done and fast Internet access is no longer required.
Close the Torrent Client or Disable Uploads
Fans of downloading music and movies from torrents often suffer from the fact that the Internet channel is constantly clogged. In this case, you can temporarily refuse to give the Internet, forbidding other users to download torrents from your computer. And you can activate the distributions at night.
Limit the Speed of Internet Access for Apps
Popular applications have built-in limiters. For example, in the popular game download client Steam in the “Downloads” section, you can set the “Limit download speed” option and select the maximum download speed. The game will download slower, but you will be able to use the Internet without any problems.
Moreover, much data is downloaded by Windows itself. To make it less active, limit the bandwidth of the “Update Center”. You can set the maximum download speed in the background (that is, without your involvement). A few megabits will be enough for Windows to install updates without disturbing anyone.
It makes sense to disable automatic downloading of media content in clients and social networking sites. In this case, pictures, videos, and GIF files will be downloaded only by clicking on them with your finger or mouse, which will avoid speed drops and save mobile traffic.
Install an Ad Blocker
Ad banners, especially animated ones, can be large and can eat up some of your download speed. An ad blocker helps you avoid this. The most popular one is AdBlock Plus. It’s designed for most popular browsers and installed from the official add-on directories of Chrome, Firefox, and other web browsers.
The cause of slow Internet access can also be viruses. Many malicious programs secretly collect information about the owner’s activity, and can record voice, video from the camera or directly what is happening on the screen. This data is sent by viruses to their creators, and the amount of information can be large, which means that it can affect the speed of access. Antivirus can help to detect such pests.
Remove Extensions and Unnecessary Programs
You should be extremely careful when installing extensions and not try everything. Many extensions can work unnoticed in the background, downloading updates or other data, which negatively affects the speed of Internet access. Check the list of installed extensions in your browser settings and remove those that you definitely do not use.
However, not only extensions steal speeds, making Internet access slow. It can also be ordinary programs. Sometimes you should review the list of installed applications on your phone, tablet and PC, deleting those that have not been used for a long time, or were once installed out of curiosity or for the momentary need.