When you buy an internet connection from an ISP, you should get the speed as it has been promised. The only way to check this is by installing a speed test app on the phone and running it.
Although you can test connection speed through the web browser app, you should consider using an app because they’re much easy to use.
Here are the best internet speed test app for Android and IOS devices.
The speed test app from Ookla has 4 important options. i.e. check speed, results, change settings. To get started with this application, tap on the 1st option.
The app will now find the best and nearest server to you after which it will start transferring and receiving a small chunk of data to make you aware of the connection details.
In the test result section, you’ll find information on the previous test results. The app will display the connection type, time at which you ran the test, download/upload speed and ping time.
The user is allowed to download or export the result to a comma separated values file. The app includes an option to clear the saved information.
The Ookla app doesn’t provide the option to share results on Facebook, Google Plus, and other websites. Thus, you’ll have to manually take a screenshot and share it with your friends to make them aware of your internet connection speed.
In settings panel, the user will learn about the internal and external IP address (as provided by the ISP). You can configure Speedtest app to display speed in Mbps or KB/s format. If you’re not satisfied with the result, you can switch to some other server via the settings.
To get details on the company that has published and developed the application, tap on the about option.
OpenSignal is yet another best app for testing internet speed on a mobile device. OS might be a new app, but because of its brilliant features and accurate algorithm, Open Signal has become a great alternative to Ookla.
OS app gives users the information about the top 100 cell towers and WiFi hotspots in their area. It features a signal compass utility that points toward a cell tower nearby you. If you place your mobile device in the direction indicated by Open Signal, you’ll notice improvements in download and upload speeds.
Like Ookla internet speed testing app, OpenSignal enables users to test their mobile data or WiFi connection’s upload and download speeds. It displays useful statistics of your connection and provides an option to share the stats with other users.
OpenSignal allows users to compare their internet speed with other user’s connection speed. It displays a map that highlights availablity of 4G, 3G, 2G networks in your area, city, state or country.
SS is an internet speed testing app with least number of options. It has a nice UI that lets you test the downlink and uplink speed of your network connection.
The application maintains a list of previous speed test results. Hence, you can compare your current and earlier speed.
SS provides an option to set the download and upload limit. It offers three color themes and features advertisements.Download Speed Spot
Internet Speed Check
Apart from allowing to test network speed, ISC provides the following details of the network connection:
- Signal strength, network state, SSID.
- Encryption technique in use, Frequency, MAC, IP address.
- Gateway, DNS, and WLAN bitrate.
The Internet Speed Check app allows you to go through the previous test results. It enables you to copy the IP address to the Android OS clipboard.Download Speed Spot
Conclusion: Speedtest, ISC, SS, and OpenSignal are handy apps to check whether the internet connection speed is up to the mark or not. They are free and highly accurate. I’ve tested these applications before mentioning them in this article.