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How To Check Internet Speed On Your Smartphone

There are two ways to check the speed of your smartphone’s internet connection. You can either perform the speed test with an app or you can do it directly on your phone’s web browser. There are several free speed test apps and websites that you can use to perform speed tests. We will select an app and a website to briefly show you each method. To test with a speed test app, firstly, go and download the Ookla Speedtest app, which is available in the iOS app store and Android app store.

Before you begin the speed test, decide whether you want to perform the test on your WiFi connection or mobile data connection. If you want to test your WiFi connection and your phone is currently connected to a WiFi network, you are all set. However, if you want to test your mobile data connection and your phone is currently connected to a WiFi network, you will need to switch off your phone’s WiFi first, and let it connect to the mobile data network.

Switching off WiFi on the iPhone via the control center.


You can check your phone’s status bar at the top to see whether it is currently using WiFi or mobile data. For example, the iPhone status bar image on the left below indicates it is connected to WiFi while the image on the right indicates it is connected to mobile data (3G / 4G / LTE / 5G).


1. App

To perform the speed test with the Ookla Speedtest app, simply open the app and tap 'GO'. 


The screenshot above shows a mobile data speed test being performed with the Ookla Speedtest app on an iPhone 13 mini. The iPhone's eSIM is installed with a USA data package.

2. Web Browser

To perform the speed test via your phone’s browser, open up your phone’s web browser, and go to Cloudflare Speed Test website. The speed test should run automatically. The screenshot below shows a WiFi connection speed test via the phone's web browser.

Download and upload speeds are measured in megabits per second (Mbps).

And there you have it, two different ways to test your smartphone’s internet speed connection. Lastly, do keep in mind that data is consumed when you do a speed test on your mobile data connection. So, if there is a cap on your mobile data plan, you should keep an eye on the usage and minimize the number of speed tests you perform as you can easily use up all your data.