I often ask customers how fast their internet connection is when attempting to help them with problems like unsuccessful video calls on Skype and the usual answer is ‘I have no idea how would I find out?’. I will usually tell them to go to speedtest.net, but a quicker way is to just fire up this handy app and you can check in under a minute.
This app, from Ookkla (Speedtest.net), is an Android app that basically does the same job as visiting their website but much easier – especially for users of mobile devices.
From the app description:
‘Use Ookla Speedtest for easy, one-tap connection testing in under 30 seconds—accurate anywhere thanks to our global network.
Millions of users have made Ookla Speedtest the #1 app for testing Internet speeds, and it’s trusted daily by professionals throughout the industry!
– Discover your Download, Upload and Ping
– Real-time graphs show connection consistency
– Troubleshoot or verify the speed you were promised
– Track past tests with detailed reporting
– Easily share your results’
Bear in mind of course that to test download and upload speeds accurately the app has to send and receive data so if you are on a limited data plan keep this in mind. One reviewer reckons that it downloads 50Mb when testing, but I doubt this as it only takes a few seconds to complete both tests. My estimate is that it may use 5-10Mb – but that is only my best guess.
I’ve used this app for a few years now and use it regularly when at customer’s homes to test their broadband service for them, but I also find it invaluable especially when deciding whether to try a videocall on the phone if I’m not at home. If I get low speeds (especially the upload speed) then I will just make a voice call. Skype requires around 500Mb per second upload and download speed to work half decently during a video call, voice calls use much less – around that half that to work fine.
If, like me, you are a bit of a geek and like to know how your (expensive in Australia) broadband connection is performing for the money – download it and give it a try.
Price : Free
Size : 13Mb
Needs : Android 2.2+