You cannot expect your mobile data to run at its highest efficiency at all times. Every now and then, your smartphone will need manual manipulation so that its connection to the internet can speed up.
If you want to fix lag issues and cut down your browser’s load time, here are things that you should do.
1. Switch to a better service provider
One of the main reasons why you are experiencing slow connection is the mobile data cap that comes with your phone plan. In addition to slowing your connection down, your service provider may also even charge you overage fees.
If you think that you are not getting the most out of your current service provider, and have done enough investigating and research to confirm that this is true, then it’s about time that you switch to a new provider that gives you the best mobile data package.
2. Restart your mobile device
If you cannot yet switch to a different mobile service provider for any reason, there is quite a simple fix you can do to your current device that often works.
If you haven’t turned off your phone for some time, restarting your device should solve slow mobile data speed. To restart your phone, follow the simple steps below.
For Android phones:
- Hold the power button until you see power options appear on your screen.
- Tap Restart.
For iPhone 8 phones or older:
- On the right side of your phone, hold the side button until “Slide to Power Off” appears on your screen.
For iPhone X:
- Hold the side button, then press either the volume down or up button until “Slide to Power Off” appears on your screen.
- To turn your phone back on, simply hold the side button.
3. Uninstall or disable unused apps
There are some apps on your smartphone that use a ton of data while running in the background. When this happens, you may lose your monthly allocated data before you know it.
To completely remove an app from your Android mobile device, follow these steps:
- Open your app tray.
- Hold your finger on the app (long press) until it vibrates or you notice that your screen has changed.
- Drag the app onto your home screen.
- Continue dragging the app to the upper left corner where you can see a trash can icon with a label “Uninstall.”
- Release the app over the Uninstall button.
- If you only see App Info label on top of your screen, you won’t be able to delete the app as it was placed there on your smartphone by the manufacturer.
Instead of uninstalling an app, you can also choose to disable the app’s access to your mobile data connection.
- Visit Settings then go to Cellular
- Disable apps which are using your mobile data connection
- Go to Settings, then Network & Internet
- Tap Mobile Networks then Data usage
- Choose an app you’d like to disable then slide the Background Data off to prevent it from gobbling up your data in the background
4. Reset network settings
Like restarting your smartphone, resetting your network settings is also a common fix to a slow mobile data connection. The only problem is that it also resets your Bluetooth devices and Wi-Fi access points. You will need to repair your Bluetooth devices and reconnect your Wi-Fi later.
To reset networks settings on your iPhone:
- Open General Settings then go to Reset Network Settings
- Your phone will prompt you for a passcode, then it will restart
To reset networks settings on your Android device:
- Go to Settings then System and tap Reset options
- Click Reset Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
5. Install an Ad Blocker
Ads aren’t just annoying; they also use up a lot of your smartphone’s processing power, including mobile data.
Search and download a free Ad blocker in Google Play Store that’s suitable for your mobile device. Once the download is complete, install the Ad blocker app to get rid of annoying advertisements.
People in today’s fast-paced world greatly need speedy mobile data. There’s nothing more infuriating than a slow internet connection when you need to search something online fast. When your mobile data speed fails to meet your expectations, consider switching to other service providers that have the best internet offers, if possible.
Often, a slow connection is only temporary. Consider the tips above to fix the lag issues of your mobile data. But if your slow connection continues to persist for hours, contact your service provider’s customer support.