How to Speed Up Slow Internet on Your Android Phone

Have you ever wondered why the internet is so slow on your Android phone? It could be because of a number of reasons.

Imagine watching your favorite show, streaming music, or a live stream of an event like the Super Bowl or the Oscars, only to wait for it to buffer and buffer and never end! That is what most Android users have to face.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through some of the various reasons why the internet is slow on your android phone, and give you some tips on how to speed it up and make sure it won’t keep happening.

Why is the Internet So Slow on Your Android Phone? 

Before jumping into the solutions, let’s check out the reasons behind the slow internet speed on your Android mobile. 

  • Poor Connection is the biggest cause of slow internet on your smartphone. If your network has heavy traffic or there is some issue with the network service provider, you will notice a decrease in the internet speed.  
  • The browser cache improves your internet experience. It makes the browser faster and more intuitive. On the other hand, if the browser cache is full, it will act sluggish. 
  • While mobile networks are pretty good these day, it still doesn’t give you the invitation to do just anything. If too many tabs are open on the browser, it can interfere with the internet speed.   
  • Sometimes, network settings on your Android phone cause such issues. Either you have accidentally changed something in the settings menu or after the Android update, something changed automatically which slowed down the internet. A simple network reset will do the trick.    
  • Last but not least, slow internet connection is a common problem with old mobile phones. As your phone gets older, its performance eventually diminishes. You can try to make your Android phone run faster using a few tricks but the change won’t be that significant. In this situation, getting a new Android phone is the best way to resolve the problem.    

So, if you are caught up with the reasons behind the slow internet on your mobile; it is time to check out the tips to speed up the internet on Android mobiles. 

7 Tips to Speed Up Internet on Android Phone

So, without further ado, let’s dig into our tips to help you to speed up the internet on your Android phone.  

  1. Restart Your Android Phone
  2. Enable and Disable Android Airplane/Flight Mode 
  3. Disable Data Saver/Low Data Mode 
  4. Disable Background Usage for Demanding Applications
  5. Clear Android Browser Cache
  6. Update Android OS
  7. Reset Network Settings

1. Restart Your Android Phone 

Sometimes simple solutions are the best. So, we will start with restarting the Android mobile. 

Now, if you are experiencing slow internet speed for a long time, then restarting the Android mobile may not be the adequate solution for your situation. You may want to look into other solutions we have listed for that. 

But if you see a sudden change in your phone’s internet speed; you would want to restart the device. If the internet speed slowed down due to minor issues or glitches, a simple reboot will fix the issue. 

Speed Up the Internet By Restarting the Device
Restart the Android Device. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Anyhow, there is the possibility of the problem originating from the carrier. In that case, you can only wait for the network service provider to resolve the issue.    

2. Enable and Disable Android Airplane/Flight Mode 

Putting your phone on Airplane/Flight mode can be an excellent fix for network issues. When you enable airplane mode you disable your phone’s wireless signal transmissions such as WiFi or cellular networks and Bluetooth.

After you deactivate this mode, the signal flow starts again. Basically, the internet connection gets re-established, fixing issues along the way. 

Use Flight Mode to Speed Up the Internet
Enable and Then Disable Android Flight Mode. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

So, simply enable the Airplane/Flight Mode from the Android Quick Settings Panel. Disable it after a minute. 

3. Disable Data Saver/Low Data Mode 

In order to reduce data usage, Android devices are equipped with a built-in Data Saver or Low Data Mode

This mode is pretty useful if you are trying to reduce data usage but if you have enabled it without knowing its effects or enabled the mode accidentally; it may seem like the internet is slow on your Android phone. 

  1. Enter Android Settings and tap on Connections
  2. Navigate to Data Usage and tap on the Data Saver option. 
Disable Data Saver Mode to Speed Up the Internet
Disable Android Data Saver Mode. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

There will be a switch for enabling or disabling the Data Saver option. If the mode is enabled, you need to toggle the switch and disable Data Saver/Low Data

4. Disable Background Usage for Demanding Applications 

Network-heavy applications are the most unreasonable way to lose internet speed. Some applications are more demanding compared to others. 

In this situation, you have two options. You can either uninstall the applications or disable the background data usage for them so that, they consume less bandwidth. 

  1. Launch the Settings app and tap on Connections
  2. Navigate to Data Usage and then, tap on Mobile Data Usage
Mobile Data Usage in Android settings
Tap on the Mobile Data Usage Option. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor
  1. Here, you will see the amount of data consumed by individual applications. Choose the app that is consuming the most data. 
  2. After that, disable the button beside the Allow Background Data Usage option.  
Disable Background Data Usage on Android
Disable the Allow Background Data Usage Button. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Doing this will stop the app or apps from using data in the background. The demanding applications won’t be able to consume data when you are not using them. 

5. Clear Android Browser Cache 

The Android browser you are using could be the root of the issue if you haven’t cleared the browser cache in a long time. 

The cache files are important. It helps the browser to run optimally and fast. Unfortunately, if too many cache files have piled up, it can have an adverse effect. So, if you want to speed up the internet on Android, clear the browser cache. 

  1. Run the Settings app and tap on Apps.
  2. Locate the Google Chrome app and tap on it. (If you are using a different browser, then choose that instead of Google Chrome)
  3. On the App Info page, tap on Storage
  4. Lastly, tap on the Clear Cache option at the bottom of the new panel.  
Clear Browser Cache to Speed Up the Internet
Clear Google Chrome Cache Files. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

If the internet was slow on your mobile due to a piled-up browser cache, it should be fixed after removing all of the cache files. If it doesn’t get fixed, don’t worry. There are more tips available to get you through the issue. 

6. Update Android OS

An outdated OS can sometimes cause issues, while the chances are pretty slim but it can cause the internet to slow down.

Well, in that case, the simplest solution is to update the Android OS. If you haven’t bothered to update the system firmware in a long time, then here’s what you need to do. 

  1. Launch the Settings app on your Android mobile and tap on the Software Update option. 
  2. Then, tap on Download and Install.
Speed Up Internet By Updating Android
Download and Install the Latest Android Update. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Android will immediately look for available updates and after locating the update, it will be downloaded. Then you will just have to tap on the Install button. 

If the problem caused due to outdated firmware, updating Android would fix it. If it doesn’t; well, don’t worry. At least, you are using an updated OS.   

7. Reset Network Settings 

If none of the previous tips have worked, you can try resetting the network on your Android phone. Resetting the network involves a few easy steps. Let’s check them out.

  1. Launch the Settings app on Android and tap on General Management
  2. Navigate to Reset and then tap on Reset Network Settings
Speed Up Internet By Resetting Network Settings on Android
Tap on the Blue Reset Settings Button. Screenshot: Saurav Dey/Gotechtor

Lastly, you just have to tap on the Blue Reset Settings button for the final confirmation. After the network reset, you should see an increase in the internet speed.  

Final Thoughts on Speed Up Slow Internet on Android

As mentioned above, there are many factors that affect the speed of your Android phone service. Your network provider, your location in relation to the nearest tower, and even the weather can influence your cell phone’s ability to connect to the internet.

One thing that you can do is try to get a better signal strength by moving your device closer to a window. This can improve your phone’s ability to connect to the internet at higher speeds.

Keep in mind that location also matters when you’re looking into upgrading your service plan and signing a contract.

And while these tips should help you live with a slower internet connection, they won’t fix the root issue: slow internet on Android phones usually means that it’s time for an upgrade.

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Saurav is passionate about tech. He loves sorting through tech jargon and making sense out of them. When he's not working, he is most likely on a date with his gaming PC.

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