Last month, while attempting a DIY project, I found myself kneeling over a freshly spilt can of white paint (on red carpet I might add) and frantically searching “How to remove paint from carpet?!” on my phone. But, alas, technology let me down, and I was left with a taunting blank screen and a blank head to match.

A hundred paper towels, two ruined ladles and one broken vacuum cleaner later, I decided I was done with DIY and done with slow mobile internet.

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We’ve all been there, whether it’s a bad connection, busy network or our mobile settings and apps seemingly working against us. But, I’ve learned my lesson and have been working on taking back control of my internet speed. Here are some tips I’ve learned along the way:

My tips on getting faster internet speed:

  1. Check that connection! An easy way of doing this is to use an app such as Speedtest, which allows you to determine quickly how much your Wi-Fi or mobile network might be holding you back.
    Connections can be affected by heavy congestion, peak hours or issues with the network provider or your data plan. Make sure to check with your provider about what coverage they are offering you  — they might be able to offer something better!
  2. Give your phone a spring-cleaning. Clear out your phone memory and make use of external storage where you can. On some devices, you can make sure all downloads end up on your SD card, or you could utilize services like Dropbox.
  3. Be ruthless with your apps. Close any apps running in the background and keep an eye on how much data they are consuming. If you have an Android phone, download the data-saving Opera Max to manage app usage (such as setting expensive apps to only run on Wi-Fi) and compress your internet data across most apps.
  4. Disable auto-sync on other apps you are using. For example, if your email app is constantly automatically syncing with your account, this can drain resources.
  5. Update your browser. Like kids in a candy store, we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to available mobile browsers. Experiment with lightweight browsers like Opera Mini. The app crunches the size of websites you visit, so you still get the content you want, even in bad network conditions.

Extra tips for Opera Mini users:

  • You can test your network connection by going to Settings and Advanced.
  • Through Settings, you can also tell the browser to stop loading images or change the image quality being loaded each time.
  • If in doubt, fully close the browser and re-open it.

Extra tips for Opera for Android users:

  • Turn on Off-Road mode, which compresses images and text on the page you are viewing and can be particularly helpful on less reliable networks.
  • You can also change the quality of the images being loaded when using Off-Road mode, through Settings.
  • As above, you can always restart the app.

Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on network and the type of phone you’re using.

If speed still doesn’t seem on your side, feel free to get in touch by going to Help, then to Report a problem. You can also go here for Opera Mini or here for Opera for Android . (We’re always working on getting even faster internet speed!).


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    very good.

  • Flavoi

    Nice tips, thanks!

    • Rutha_opera

      Cheers Flavoi, happy browsing! /Ruth

  • Cool these very good tips, we here in Brazil we are advanced users of Android devices, WinPhone, etc., and even in the task manager of these devices is told of ways to save traffic and improve speed. WhatsApp is the champion of consumption data and leave it open when not in use can be frustrating. This very good blog, congratulations team Operates.

    Willian Silva, director

  • Javier Bastardo

    Some of these were actually pretty helpful!

  • Ali Raza

    u r nice and beautiful

  • vidyasagar sn

    Having read this it was informative. Good browsing tips for slow mobile internet all of them. I appreciate you spending some time and effort to put this article together.

  • thank’s for the article

  • useful

    Thanks, really helpful..

  • thank’s for the article ^_^

  • Tony Amsterny

    Really good tips, now a day , mobile phone keep improve many and many. I love this one too, web base or use apps to control the humanoid. Nice and so cute. ^_^

  • Connect Broadband

    Thanks Ruth Alflat !! for such a informative blog. You give very useful tips here. But I m using Connect broadband service. Which also provide very high speed for browsing and as well as for downloading. Anyway keep doing good job.

  • You have shared here such a nice tips on how to get faster speed internet in mobile. Thanks Ruth looking more latest news like this in future

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  • Lizza Dsouza

    I find this article very needful… now it will get easy to run many browsers on an android phone… Best Wishes!!!