The internet as we know came into existence in the year 1983. In these 39 years, the internet has become a lifeline for us. It is hard to imagine a world without the internet. It is hard to imagine what the world would look like if there was no internet. For instance, I would not have this blog and you wouldn’t be reading this article. Anything we do is somehow dictated by the internet. Our banks, our transport systems, business, government, and anything else you can think of is now connected to the internet.
In the early days, the only way to access the internet was through dial-up connections, which were both slow and not mobile. But today thanks to 4G and the most waited for 5G mobile networks, we can easily access the internet anywhere through our mobile devices.
4G and the upcoming 5G networks are when compared to old 2G networks or even dial-up networks are fast but it still lags behind the wired connection. This is no secret that if you want fast and constant internet, wired internet is still the best place. But why is that? Why can’t mobile internet be as reliable as wired broadband connections? The most obvious answer is that transmitting fast internet through radio waves has its own disadvantages, one of them being the unreliable internet connection. But there is more to the story. Not all the fault of mobile network providers, sometimes your phone can also cause a slow internet.
Here are 3 things you can do to make sure that your phone is doing its best to provide you the best mobile internet.
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How to Boost Mobile Internet Speed – 3 Proven Methods
The first thing you need to check that if the problem is really with your phone or with the cell network. The easiest way to do this is by doing a quick internet speed comparison. Borrow a phone from your friend or family member and make sure both your phone and the other phone are on the same cell network provider. Then go to any online internet speed check website like www.speedcheck.org and do a speed test. Compare your internet speed with the other phone you borrowed. If the result comes the same, then the problem is with your network provider, and there is really nothing you can do to boost the speed.
But… if you are getting slower than the other phone, then it might be your phone who is the main culprit here. In that case, you need to follow the following methods and maybe you will see an improved internet speed.
1. Restart Your Phone
Restarting your phone is the first thing you can do when you feel like your phone’s internet is running at a turtle speed. Restarting your phone means clearing all the programs running in the background without your knowledge. This essentially fixes many problems including your slow internet issue.
2. Reset Network Setting
If restarting your phone didn’t fix the problem, then maybe it is your network setting that is causing this issue. So, what is the solution? Resetting the network settings altogether may in this situation fix whatever happened to your phone.
Reset Network Setting on iOS
To reset network settings on iOS, open the Settings app then navigate to General>Reset and here tap on Reset Network Settings.
When prompted, enter your iPhone Passcode and finally tap on Reset Network Settings to confirm.
Reset Network Settings on Android
To reset network settings on Android, open the Settings app then navigate to System >Advanced >Reset Options, and here tap on Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth.
At the bottom of the screen, hit Reset Settings to confirm the resetting.
Note- Resetting Network Settings on both Android and iOS will erase every saved WiFi network. Please bear that in mind before resetting your network settings.
Clear App Cache
If you are facing a slow network issue on any specific app, then it may be that app that is causing the issue. In this case, clearing the app cache might prove helpful.
Clear App Cache on iOS
Clearing the cache of individual apps on iOS is a little tricky process. It varies from app to app. Here is a great article by lifewire.com that tells all about removing cache files from iPhones and iPads.
Clear App Cache on Android
Clearing app cache on Android is a lot more straightforward than on iOS. Simply open the Settings app and then navigate to Apps Management (on some devices it can also be labeled as all apps/installed apps and so on) and find the specific app you are looking for.
Once you find the app, tap on it and select storage. Here you will see the option to clear the app cache.
Once cleared, you should able to notice the app running a little faster than before.
In most scenarios, following the above 3 methods should fix the problem and make your phone internet faster than before. But, if any or none of the above methods worked for you, and you are certain that the problem is with your phone and not the network provider, then it would be best if you show your phone to a professional. They might help you better in this situation.
I hope you liked this small how-to guide and were able to fix your internet issue. If you have any questions, please drop them in the comment section. If you found this article helpful, please share this article on your social media and help us reach more people.