We are increasingly using our phones to connect to the Internet through Wi-Fi networks and both 3G and 4G connections, allowing us to be connected in any place at any time. However, even if we have a 300 MB connection, for example, in most cases our smartphones’ connection speed can be quite slow when connected either through Wi-Fi or 4G. In the end, it turns out to be much lower than our PC’s connection, for example. For gaming, I still recommend you to buy a gaming laptop.
The reasons why our smartphone’s Internet connection is slow can vary a lot. They can be related to the smartphone’s hardware, the router, a software-related problem or an electromagnetic issue, so it is often quite complicated to identify and solve these problems.
In this article, we are going to talk about the most common reasons behind our smartphone’s problems with the Internet connection speed.
Main causes of the smartphone’s problems with the Internet speed
Problems with the Wi-Fi network speed
Undoubtedly, one of the main causes of both speed and connection problems is a weak Wi-Fi connection due to the phone being far away from the main router. Both Android and iOS show us the Wi-Fi strength on our smartphone’s status bar when we are connected to a network. So, if we see that the signal is weak, we can get closer to the router, place it somewhere else or get signal repeaters to improve coverage and be able to connect to the network.
In case we have speed problems even if the coverage is good, it is possible that the reason is that the network is using an oversaturated channel, causing interference. In that case, we should go to the router’s setup page and choose a less saturated channel, which we can see thanks to the Wi-Fi Analyzer app.
If we can, the best option would be to switch to the 5 GHz network because it provides a much higher speed than the 2.4 GHz network, as its channels are less saturated. Additionally, the 5 GHz network is much less vulnerable to interference caused by some appliances like microwaves.
If the network speed is still slow, then we must try using another smartphone or a PC to rule out any problem like the network having a slow Internet connection.
Problems with the 4G networks speed
We are usually connected to the Internet thanks to the 3G and 4G networks when we are not home. Although in theory these networks offer very high maximum speeds, in reality it may be that the speed is not particularly good under certain circumstances.
If we have speed problems when connected to these networks, then we must check the signal strength. If it is not strong, we are certainly not going to get a fast speed. In that case, to get rid of any coverage problems, the best thing to do is to manually change our smartphone’s network to 3G (for example) in order to improve the coverage and get a higher speed than the one provided by a weak 4G.
If all of the above fails…
If there are still problems with our Internet connection after trying everything we have said above, then it is most likely the smartphone’s fault either because it is old and the hardware no longer works properly or because some software-related problem.
So, if we still have problems, we must perform a factory reset of the device’s settings and try again just to be sure. If both the Wi-Fi and data speeds are still slow, it might be time to buy a new smartphone because everything points to the hardware being the problem.