Slow internet can be frustrating, especially when you have a deadline. And the pain of losing a great opportunity due to slow data connection can haunt you for a long time.
Telecommunications engineer Jide Mbaka said slow internet problems are sometimes caused by natural conditions such as weather and a general network outage. But in most cases, Mbaka said, the fault lies with the device. âIt could be a simple adjustment, a phone delay or whatever. “
But if you are having slow internet problem on your android phones; there are things you can do to give them high speeds regardless of which telecom network you are subscribed to.
Restart your devices
Writing in www.carlcare.com, Mbaka said that when your internet connection slows down, the first thing to do is restart your device. A quick restart can often fix issues on mobile devices, he said. And when you come across slow internet problem on your phone, it is worth restarting it. According to him, this cuts all connections, refreshes the system and closes all running processes. Don’t know how to restart your phone? You can restart most TECNO, Infinix and itel phones by long pressing the power button for about 10 seconds.
If you are connected to Wi-Fi, mobile hotspot, broadband, modem, or any internet device, you must restart them as well. Fortunately, this might be the only thing you need to fix slow internet issue on your phone.
Minimize background apps
Sometimes we perform a lot of data and memory intensive tasks on our phones at the same time, but most of these apps can use up your bandwidth without notifying you. Are you uploading a large file, syncing your latest shots to Google Photos, recording YouTube videos offline, and trying to play online game at the same time? It might not work well.
To make sure you’re not using your bandwidth when you need it most, try limiting background apps using your mobile data. Additionally, if you share your mobile hotspot with other people, you can ask them to suspend tasks that require heavy network use while waiting.
How to turn off background data usage for apps on Android:
Open “Settings” on your phone and tap on the search bar.
Type “Data Usage” into the search bar.
Select âUsing Application Dataâ from the result.
Scroll down to view apps sucking your data.
Tap an app for which you want to turn off background data, and then tap the “Background data” switch to turn it off.
Do the same for other apps you want to block. But beware of blocking your work and social media apps to avoid missing important messages without access to background data that will normally connect to the internet when you are actively using it.
Check your network speed
Having a fast or slow internet connection has to do with your network speed in most cases. Factors like data plan, phone capacity, location, network provider – be it MTN, Glo, Airtel, or 9 Mobile – affect your connection speed in most cases. In this case, you need to check your internet speed to find out what you really have.
To check your internet speed in real time, visit fast.com or speedtest.com on your browser (preferably Chrome) and press the Start button. You should see how fast your internet connection is now. Getting slow upload and download speed from the result translates to what you get on your phone whether you download or download a file.
Network speeds vary depending on your location and network provider. You can try to check your network speeds at various locations to see the perfect place to browse in your area. Also, if the Glo network is slow in your area, for example, you can try switching to MTN or Airtel to do a comparison and get the best network provider for you.
Examine the settings of the telephone network
If you are having a bad day due to slow upload and download speeds on your phone, make sure that you are using the correct settings and that your phone is connected to the fastest type of network before it runs. ‘heightens your anger. Naturally, most TECNO, Infinix and itel phones use 4G, 3G and Edge network modes. And it is supported by Airtel, MTN, Glo, 9mobile and other network providers in most cities in Nigeria. But you may experience poor network performance and bandwidth if you accidentally switch from 4G to 3G or Edge on your device.
So the best thing you can do is review your network settings and make sure you are connected to 4G. Here’s how to do it on your TECNO, Infinix or itel devices.
Launch “Settings” on your phone.
Tap “SIM card and mobile network“. It may also appear as Network and Internet on some devices.
Select the SIM card you use for mobile data.
From there, tap on “Preferred Network Type” and make sure to set it to the highest network type – 4G (auto) in most cases.
Clear browser cache
It sucks to have a slow internet connection while trying to access something on your school portal, for example, but fixing it can be as simple as clearing your browser cache. If a website seems to load forever on your browser, it could be because the browser cache is full. Maybe it has been corrupted or has expired. In this case, you just need to clear your browser cache by following the simple steps below. We’ll use Chrome as an example.
In your app drawer, long press the “Chrome” icon.
You will see a context menu: click on “Application details” to visit the Chrome settings page.
From there, tap on “Storage and Cache”
Finally, tap on Clear cache to clear browser cache. You can now restart your phone and relaunch the browser to see if the connection speed improves.
Disable data saver
TECNO, Infinix and itel devices have a data saver feature to help you reduce mobile data usage. If you own any of the recent TECNO or Infinix devices, you should also be familiar with another data saving feature called WhatsApp mode. When activated, it helps you suspend data usage of other apps except WhatsApp.
These features are beneficial if you don’t want to burn your mobile data in the background. But if you are experiencing internet delays and delayed messages / emails and notifications when turned on, consider turning them off for a while to see if your connection speed improves.
The fastest way to turn off data saver and WhatsApp mode on TECNO and Infinix phones is to use the Quick Control Panel. Swipe down twice from the top of your screen to open the Quick Settings panel.
Find and tap to turn off data saver and do the same for WhatsApp mode.
Use an ad blocker
Have you seen all these ads and pop-ups on your browser recently? They can absorb most of your resources: including your phone’s performance and mobile data. In addition, the ads slow down the loading of websites to a certain extent. So, to fix slow internet issues on your TECNO, Infinix or itel device, consider using ad blocker.
Perhaps the easiest way to block ads on Android is to use private DNS. All you need is your phone to be Android 9 or later. If you meet the requirements, follow the steps below to set up private DNS on your Android phone.
Launch “Settings” on your phone
Tap the search bar at the top of the screen and type DNS. You may have to wait a few seconds to view the result
Select “Private DNS” from the search result and then tap it again in the next window.
From there, tap “Private DNS Provider Hostname” to insert a custom DNS address on your phone.
Finally, enter adguard.com as the host name of the provider and press âSaveâ.
Here’s how to block ads with private DNS on Android 9 and above. We recommend turning Airplane mode on and off after the process to make it more efficient. Additionally, you can install ad blocker app like AdGuard, AdBlock Plus, and AdAway from the Play Store. If that doesn’t suit you, try browsers with a built-in AdBlocker like Brave, Opera, and others.
Sources: http://www.carlcare.com and http://www.techtarget.com