Best speed test apps in 2022: Test your internet speed (2023)

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The best speed test apps can help you make sure that you really are getting all of the data you pay your internet service provider (ISP) for each month. However, they can also be used to help you decide if it’s time to upgrade to a new internet plan or to replace your old router.

With one of the best speed test apps, you can test the internet connection in each part of your home to determine if you have any Wi-Fi dead zones. If so, you might want to think about investing in a Wi-Fi extender or even making the switch from a traditional router to a mesh router for better coverage.

It’s worth noting that all speed test apps aren’t created equally though. Based on the way they’re coded, you might find your results to be slower in one app than in another. Likewise, many ISPs offer their own bespoke speed test services to try and upsell consumers on faster plans. This is why none of the speed tests apps on this list are tied to ISPs.

These are the best speed test apps you can use to begin testing your internet connection at home or on your smartphone while out and about. However, we recommend running a speed test at least three times with any app to get an average but it doesn’t hurt to run speed tests with multiple apps.

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1. Meteor by OpenSignal

Meteor (opens in new tab) by OpenSignal is a fast independent speed-test app that offers reliable speed tests with a slick interface. Not only is it free, available on both iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab), it lays out in simple, plain terms what your internet speed is like.

Apart from offering download, upload and ping response times, it doesn't give much deeper network information. It does, however, include information on cellular coverage, which could be handy when traveling.

You can also test performance on individual apps. For example, I was able to test network performance when trying to ping the servers for Pokémon Go.

Meteor by OpenSignal is one of those rare apps that looks and feels so high-quality, you're surprised it's being offered for free.

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2. SpeedTest Master (iOS, Android)

SpeedTest Master (opens in new tab) is a powerful speed test app for both iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab). It offers a bevy of tools outside of simple speed tests, such as being able to measure the ping response time for PlayStation Network, Steam, YouTube, TikTok and social-media networks.

It can also test Wi-Fi signal strength, letting you know where you need to position yourself for ideal connectivity. Another cool feature is being able to analyze various Wi-Fi signals, informing you of which ones offer the best connection. If you're in a busy area with many signals, this app will let you know which is the best to ping off of, assuming that Wi-Fi connection is open to the public.

The downside to SpeedTest Master is that it's not free. While you can use it a limited number of times with ads, to unlock unlimited testing, it will cost either $1.99/month, $7.99/year or $14.99/lifetime.

Apart from the cost, SpeedTest Master is robust and a must-have for anyone obsessed with connectivity.

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3. Speed Test WiFi Analyzer by analiti

Speed Test WiFi Analyzer by analiti Experts Group might not be the prettiest speed test app, but it's definitely powerful. The program's utilitarian design gives you very detailed information without any fluff. Not only does Speed Test do standard speed tests well, but it also has a built-in Wi-Fi analyzer to help detail coverage in different parts of your home. This feature is especially handy for users who have multiple nodes. If you're a nerd for deep Wi-Fi metrics, this app will give you detailed RSSI stats, a signal analyzer, decoded IEEE 802.11 beacon information, a spectrum map, and TCP and UDP tests for iPerf3 servers. If none of that made sense to you, then maybe the other speed test apps on this list would be a better fit.

Either way, Speed Test WiFi Analyzer by analiti is available on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore (opens in new tab). Unfortunately, there is not an iOS variant. The app is available for free, but paying a one-time $1.99 fee will remove ads. For access to the expert features listed above, the app will cost $0.99 for 24 hours, $1.99 for the month, $9.99 for the year and $19.99 for life.

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4. Speedtest by Ookla (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac)

Ookla's Speedtest app is one of the most popular around. Not only has it been around for years, it offers reliable tests for free. The information it gives is relatively bare-bones, but it gets the job done. Because the app is free, it does have ads. There is an option to remove ads for an additional .99 cents on both iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab). The Windows (opens in new tab) and Mac (opens in new tab) versions don't have this option.

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The app also tracks your results history, can show you the health of your cellular network map and has a built-in VPN. Tom's Guide has not independently tested the strength and effectiveness of Ookla's VPN.

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5. Fast by Netflix (iOS, Android)

We like Fast by Netflix for how easy it is to use. As soon as you turn on the app, it starts measuring your download speed. There isn't even a "go" button.

It's also a very light and basic app, meaning you can leave it on your phone without having to worry about space. It's actually so basic, we wonder if it's just a container for the fast.com (opens in new tab) website. It's currently available on both iOS (opens in new tab) and Android (opens in new tab).

Luckily, there is an option to show more detailed information, such as unloaded and loaded latency, upload speed and your public IP address. Users can also save their results to keep as records.

6. Network Speed Test by Microsoft (Windows)

Microsoft's Network Speed Test app, available via the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab), is a strong tool. It's light and bare-bones, but it gives you the information you need upfront.

It doesn't have more robust features, such as being able to test signal performance or check the range of your overall network, but should be sufficient for most people. At the moment, it's only available for Windows computers.

Either way, this clean speed-test app logs a handful of past tests so that you're able to compare. It also lists the type of connection used so you're not accidentally comparing Wi-Fi tests against Ethernet.

Quick tips before running a speed test

Before running a speed test, ensure that your network environment is clean. What do we mean by that? Make sure that nobody else is using the internet at that particular moment in time. Someone watching Netflix downstairs will affect data pulled in via a speed-test app.

While using an app on your phone, make sure your Wi-Fi is set to a 5Ghz frequency, if your router supports it, and sit as close to the router as possible. Also ensure that there are no obstructions between you and the router.

For anyone testing via a laptop or desktop, we'd recommend plugging an Ethernet cable directly into your router. This will ensure you're getting an unhindered connection.If you notice your speeds are slower on Ethernet than on Wi-Fi, it might be time to change out Ethernet cables. We recommend goes with a CAT6 Ethernet cable. Also, be careful. Just because a product on Amazon is advertised as CAT6, scroll down to the reviews. See if someone has opened up a cable to show if it's actually a CAT6 cable, and not a CAT5. Personally, we're huge fans of Monoprice. Not only are the prices reasonable (if bought directly off the Monoprice website), the quality of the cables are solid. UGreen, Mediabridge and Cable Matters are also good brands worth considering. Amazon Basics tend to also make good Ethernet cables, and if you have any issues, filing a return should be simple.

According to our sister-site Windows Central (opens in new tab), there's really no reason to go beyond CAT6. At the moment, CAT7 is not an officially supported home networking standard, and not only that, the purported speeds it promises are seldom offered by ISPs.

Lastly, for both phones and computers, close all background applications that may be sucking up bandwidth.

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Anthony Spadafora is the security and networking editor at Tom’s Guide where he covers everything from data breaches and ransomware gangs to password managers and the best way to cover your whole home or business with Wi-Fi. Before joining the team, he wrote for ITProPortal while living in Korea and later for TechRadar Pro after moving back to the US. Based in Houston, Texas, when he’s not writing Anthony can be found tinkering with PCs and game consoles, managing cables and upgrading his smart home.

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FAQs

What is most accurate Internet speed test? ›

Speedtest.net is probably the most well-known speed test. It's fast, free, and has available to it a huge list of worldwide test locations, making for more accurate results than average.

How do I check my real time Internet speed? ›

Ookla Speedtest(Opens in a new window) measures the time it takes for data to transfer between your computer and a remote server by way of your local ISP connection. It determines your location and pairs you to a local Speedtest server. All you have to do is click the "Go" button.

Is there an app to check your WiFi speed? ›

Use Speedcheck to test the speed of internet connections and add your results to SpeedSpot's WiFi speed database. You can use the companion app, SpeedSpot's WiFi Finder right from with the app to find the fastest WiFi hotspots around the globe.

What is the most reliable speed test app? ›

Speedtest by Ookla (iOS, Android, Windows, Mac)

Ookla's Speedtest app is one of the most popular around. Not only has it been around for years, it offers reliable tests for free. The information it gives is relatively bare-bones, but it gets the job done.

How can I test my WiFi speed for free? ›

You can also simply type “internet speed test” into Google and tap or click the Run Speed Test button to instantly measure the speed of your internet connection.

Is Google's speed test real? ›

Google is known for efficiency and simplicity so you can trust the Fiber Speedtest will perform. The test only takes up to 15 seconds and is extremely accurate. You'll receive information on upload speed, download, and ping data.

Do internet speed tests really work? ›

Speed tests are a great way to ensure you are getting the right amount of bandwidth through your connection. However, many experts have found that speed tests are too often inaccurate.

Why is Google speed test faster? ›

The test is going over their own network to their own speedtest server so of course it will be faster than you testing from another companies network to their network.

Is 30 Mbps fast? ›

Even though 30 Mbps isn't mega slow, it's actually still quite far below average. The average download speed in the US is over 150 Mbps now [5]. That's five lots of 30 Mbps. 30 Mbps is actually half the average for the world these days.

Is 50 Mbps fast? ›

Answer: Absolutely! 50 Mbps is plenty of internet speed to do what you enjoy. Your internet service works for you, so whether you're checking social media, streaming your favorite TV show, or jamming out to the latest billboard toppers, 50 Mbps allows you to keep entertained and informed at fast speeds.

What Mbps is fast? ›

One generally accepted rule of thumb is that anything above 100 Mbps is considered “fast” internet because it can connect multiple devices at once.

What is normal internet speed? ›

Basic Service = 3 to 8 Mbps. Medium Service = 12 to 25 Mbps. Advanced Service = More than 25 Mbps. Mbps (Megabits per second) is the standard measure of broadband speed.

What is a good ping? ›

20ms - 50ms - Good: This is the most common range for gamers. You should still experience smooth and responsive gameplay. 50ms - 100ms - Fair: This is the average range for gamers who are connecting to international servers. You may experience occasional lag depending on the game and your settings.

Why is my internet so slow? ›

Why is the internet so slow on my phone? A slow data connection on your phone is usually caused by a poor connection in your location, network congestion, or too many background apps running.

Is Ookla speed test accurate? ›

Ookla provides a reliable, consistent test experience across devices. Speedtest provides an accurate, consistent test experience that consumers trust across the many device types available on today's market.

How can I boost up my internet speed? ›

Here's how to increase internet download speeds and get the most out of your internet connection:
  1. Restart your computer. ...
  2. Close unnecessary apps and programs. ...
  3. Disconnect other devices. ...
  4. Download one file at a time. ...
  5. Scan for viruses. ...
  6. Update drivers and firmware. ...
  7. Clear cookies.
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Is 500 Mbps internet fast? ›

500 Mbps download speeds would, in theory, be enough to handle as many as 20 4K streams or 300 Zoom calls. As such, it'd be more than capable to handle the needs of most families and small workplaces. In fact, a download speed of 500 Mbps is substantially above the average for every country in the world [1].

Is 100 Mbps fast? ›

An internet speed of 100 Mbps is fast—but it's not extremely fast. It's just above average for most internet users. While 100 Mbps is enough to stream, game, and Zoom with ease, some users don't need internet that fast, while others need something much faster.

Why is my ping so high? ›

A high ping, for example, while gaming, is mostly caused by the way you connect to your router, the quality of copper line and/or the ISP. A traceroute can be done to troubleshoot the issue. A traceroute will show where the latency is coming from. Try moving closer to your router.

Why is my internet so slow but speed test is fast? ›

Q: Why does a speed test say my internet is fast but downloads are slow? Speed tests normally measure speeds in Mbps (Megabits/second), while many download programs use MBps (MegaBytes/second). Typically you can expect the Mbps speed test figure to be at least 10 time the download speed in MBps.

How do I check my Wi-Fi router speed? ›

Go to Speedtest.net and hit Go. This will check your download speed in mbps, or megabits per second. If Speedtest says you're getting more than 50 megabits per second (Mbps), you're doing pretty well.

How accurate are Wi-Fi speed tests? ›

How accurate are they? Sadly, they're often not at all accurate. Sometimes, an internet speed test isn't accurate because the method the service uses isn't great, but often it's because of an overlooked detail.

How do I check my local Wi-Fi speed? ›

Click on Control Panel then go to Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings. Double-click on the Wi-Fi connection from the list (it should be obvious which one it is) and in the window which opens you'll see a field called Speed.

Is 50 Mbps fast enough for Netflix? ›

We recommend an internet plan with at least 50 Mbps download speeds if you enjoy streaming Netflix. This ensures that your connected devices and one other person can get online and not flip a table over maddeningly slow internet speeds while you watch Schitt's Creek.

What is a fast WiFi speed? ›

One generally accepted rule of thumb is that anything above 100 Mbps is considered “fast” internet because it can connect multiple devices at once.

How can I boost up my internet speed? ›

Here's how to increase internet download speeds and get the most out of your internet connection:
  1. Restart your computer. ...
  2. Close unnecessary apps and programs. ...
  3. Disconnect other devices. ...
  4. Download one file at a time. ...
  5. Scan for viruses. ...
  6. Update drivers and firmware. ...
  7. Clear cookies.
3 Jun 2022

How do I improve my WiFi speed? ›

How to improve your internet speed
  1. Turn things off and on again. ...
  2. Move your router to a better location. ...
  3. Switch your Wi-Fi frequency band. ...
  4. Adjust your router's antennas. ...
  5. Extend your Wi-Fi network. ...
  6. Prune unnecessary connections. ...
  7. Change your Wi-Fi frequency channel. ...
  8. Upgrade to faster internet.
12 Aug 2022

Why is my internet so slow but speed test is fast? ›

Q: Why does a speed test say my internet is fast but downloads are slow? Speed tests normally measure speeds in Mbps (Megabits/second), while many download programs use MBps (MegaBytes/second). Typically you can expect the Mbps speed test figure to be at least 10 time the download speed in MBps.

How do I know if my speed test is good? ›

What is a good WiFi speed?
  1. 1-5 Mbps for checking email and browsing the web.
  2. 15-25 Mbps for streaming HD video.
  3. 40-100 Mbps for streaming 4K video and playing online games.
  4. 200+ Mbps for streaming 4K video, playing online games, and downloading large files.
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Is ookla a good speed test? ›

Ookla provides a reliable, consistent test experience across devices. Speedtest provides an accurate, consistent test experience that consumers trust across the many device types available on today's market.

What is a good download speed? ›

What Is a Good Internet Speed for Multiple Devices? The FCC says the best ISPs for two or more connected devices and moderate to heavy internet use should offer at least 12 megabits per second (Mbps) of download speed. For four or more devices, 25 Mbps is recommended.

Why is my WiFi so slow? ›

Is your internet suddenly moving super slowly? It might be due to an outdated router or a less-than-ideal router location. Your connection issues may need only an easy fix, like upgrading to a mesh network or simply restarting your modem and router.

Is 900 Mbps fast for gaming? ›

Online Gaming:

In theory, things would still work on more than 100 devices at the same time when using a 900Mbps broadband connection. In reality, however, you might reach the limit of your home wi-fi network, which can start slowing down when you have lots of devices connected at the same time.

Is it worth getting 1000 Mbps internet? ›

With a 1000 Mbps download speed, a family or small workplace will be able to enjoy simultaneous heavy usage. This includes as many as 40 4K streams, video calls, and downloads. 1000 Mbps is substantially faster than average across the world [1]. In fact, it's typically as fast as it gets in most countries.

Is 300mbps enough for one person? ›

Internet connections at 300 Mbps are considered “very fast.” Download speeds 300 Mbps and above can support moderate to heavy internet use by 2–5 people. 300 Mbps is considered mid-range for cable providers like Xfinity and is a common base speed for fiber providers like AT&T and Ziply Fiber.

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