Test your internet speeds

You can test your internet download and upload speeds from the Google Home app or Google Wifi app.

Test your internet speed with the Google Home app

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap Wifi  and then under “Network,” tap Run speed test.

Test your internet speed with the Google Wifi app

  1. Open the Google Wifi app .
  2. Tap Settings and actions tab  and then, then Network check .
  3. Tap internet.

What do the results mean?

The internet speed test measures the download and upload speeds from your router or primary Wifi point.

Download speed

This represents how quickly your network can receive data from internet servers in a certain amount of time. Download speed is measured in megabits-per-second (Mbps). This is what we usually think of when we hear “internet speed.” If you have a faster connection, you'll be able to receive more data in a shorter amount of time. For example, fast download speeds mean smooth video streaming, smooth online gaming, and fast web browsing.

Keep in mind: 

  • Your download speed is determined by the plan you have purchased from your ISP. Some plans are limited to 10 Mbps, while others can go all the way up to 1000 Mbps.
  • Some devices like mobile phones won’t have speeds as fast as computers. The model/version of the device can also affect speeds.

What you can do with your download speed

Download speed
 
Megabits Per Second (Mbps) Rating What you can do
100 Mbps and up Blazing fast Stream 4K videos on multiple devices, play online games with your friends, or have a video conference -- all at the same time. We’re talking all the crystal-clear 4K cat videos your heart desires.
50 Mbps and up Lightning fast Stream 4K video, video conferences, and online games on multiple devices at the same time. 
25 Mbps and up Pretty snappy Reliably stream HD videos on multiple devices at the same time.
13 Mbps and up Good Stream a few HD videos at once. Decent for a crowded home, but best for small households.
7 Mbps and up Ok Stream one HD video. If multiple devices are streaming videos at the same time, you might run into some buffering.
3 Mbps and up A little slow Stream a standard definition video on one device.
Under 3 Mbps Not so great Web browsing should be fine, but videos may load slowly.

What to do if results aren’t what you expected

  • Try running a speed test again. Slow results can be due to congestion on your ISP’s network or on the Internet, which are most crowded during peak hours like dinnertime. When networks get crowded, data gets slowed down.
  • Turn off Priority device. Priority device reserves bandwidth for the prioritized device and will result in slower network check results.
  • Perform a mesh test and see if there are issues with your network.
  • Check with your ISP if there are any outages or issues with their internet service.

How we calculate download speed

To calculate your download speed, the Google Home or Google Wifi app measures how much data your router or primary Wifi point can send and receive from Google’s servers in a given amount of time. We believe that testing speed against a popular server (i.e. YouTube) instead of the closest one provides a truer measure of normal, everyday internet use. 

For example, if your download speed is 45 Mbps, that means:

45 megabits of data can be transferred in one second from YouTube's servers to your home.

Keep in mind:

  • Any speed test is just a snapshot of your download speed, which depends on when and where you’re using the Internet. You might not have the same speed for everything you do online. 
  • Network congestion is a factor. Depending on what you’re doing, when you’re doing it and what other people on the Internet are doing, your download speed could potentially be higher or lower than your speed results. 

Upload speed

This measures how fast your network can send data to a server. Upload speed is important for online gaming, video or voice calls, and uploading large files like videos to YouTube or backing up photos. This is measured in megabits-per-second (Mbps).

Overall performance also depends on Internet speed

You can have the best router in the world, but if the internet connection provided by your ISP is slow, you’ll still have slow performance.

Why do other speed tests give me different results?

Most online speed tests check for speeds between your personal devices and a server. But these results will vary depending on two factors:
  1. Your location
  2. The location of the server

Some tests automatically select the closest server to you, while others let you select from a list of several servers.

Either way, one thing’s for sure: distance matters. Test against a server that’s close to you and the results will be faster; test against a farther server and they’ll be slower. This variability can lead to results that aren’t always representative of the speeds you’ll experience in everyday use.

That’s why Google measures the speed between your Wifi point(s) and Google’s servers. We believe that testing speed against popular servers (i.e. YouTube’s servers) provides a truer measure for normal, everyday internet use.

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