09 March 2017
We love to browse the internet, watch online videos, stream music, play online games, and a lot of other online activities directly from our Android smartphones and tablets. And if you are someone who spends much of the time online, then you must have faced situations when your WiFi or phone carrier starts acting weirdly and the internet connection gets spotty. Sometimes, you don't even know that it is your Internet which is not working at its usual speed. So, how will you check the internet speed on your Android device?
Well, to answer that question, we have compiled a list of 6 free Android apps to test internet speed. There are basically two types of apps in this list. The first type of apps are the ones which let you test the internet speed manually and only when you want to and then, there is the second type of apps which will show you internet speed continuously at the status bar. For the second type apps, you don't have to open the app each and every time and you can see it from the status bar what is your current internet speed. We have also listed their pros and cons so that you can see which one of them matches your need the most
.Note: The numbering used here is only for the listing purpose and it does not reflect any kind of ranking of the apps.
1. Speedtest.net by Ookla:
Speedtest.net is an Android internet speed test app from Ookla. The app has a pretty simple UI which is very easy to master. All you need to do is to tap the big Begin Test button and the app will start the testing process for both download and upload speed. The good thing is that you can see the internet speed test process in real-time. You also have the option to choose internet speed unit as Mbps or kB/s. There is a Results section in the app from where you can see the previous speed test results and share them with others.
- Speedtest.net | Android | Google Play Store, Free
2. Internet Speed Test:
The second app on the list is Internet Speed Test. The app's UI is pretty old school and if you have been using Android Lollipop or Marshmallow, then you will find it a lot weird but that's the only downside. When it comes to doing what it is expected to do, it will not disappoint you. While the process of testing internet speed is standard one, it is the result which sets the app apart from the crowd.
Other than showing the download and upload speed, the app also shows signal strength and system load while testing the internet connection. It also shows a comparison of your internet connection's tested download and upload speed with the average corresponding speed in your country. As for the history of results, you can choose to see them in a list form or on the map. But for the latter option, you need to have your GPS on before starting the test.
There are also various settings options for you to personalize your user experience. You can choose from two themes, set default server, and choose the maximum number of records (up to 50) to keep in the history of results.
- Internet Speed Test | Android | Google Play Store, Free
3. Speedtest Master:
Speedtest Master is a simple Android internet speed test app but with intuitive UI which falls in line with modern day app UIs. As we said it is a simple app, so it shows you download and upload speed in the results along with how fast or slow your internet connection is. It further shows the estimated time it would take to download one HD picture and a 10 minute SD video on your internet connection. And the good thing is that with every result, the app gives you an option to vote whether the result was correct or incorrect.
In the settings, you can choose internet speed unit and enable/disable floating widget and notification bar. The last two options, if enabled, will show you current internet speed continuously with no need of opening the app as you keep using your Android device.
- Speedtest Master | Android | Google Play Store, Free
SpeedSpot app not only lets you test your Internet connection speed but also lets you find WiFi hotspots around your location. You have the option to choose whether you want to see all types of WiFi hotspots or only the ones which are public. As for the speed test, it shows download/upload speed and color codes them as Red for slow, Yellow for medium, and Green for high speed connection. You can also add comments to each of the results for future reference. There is also an option for creating a SpeedSpot account which will store all your results and sync them across Android and iOS device.
- SpeedSpot | Android | Google Play Store, Free
5. Internet Speed Meter Lite:
As the name suggests, Internet Speed Meter Lite app shows you a small icon at the status bar which shows your current internet speed with no need of opening the app. You can also use the app to see your internet usage for each day.
- Internet Speed Meter Lite | Android | Google Play Store, Free
6. Internet Speed Meter:
Internet Speed Meter app shows you continuous current internet speed notification in the status bar. Other than this, you can also open the app to see the internet speed and its graphical representation along with other data.
- Internet Speed Meter | Android | Google Play Store, Free
So, these were the 6 free Android apps to test internet speed on your Android device. You can now decide which of these apps serves your purpose the most and share the ones you liked or disliked the most with us. If you use some other internet speed testing app but we missed it in the list, do let us know about that in the list. We would like to hear your response.