Test your Internet speeds

With network check, you can test your Internet download and upload speeds from the Google Wifi app.

  1. Open the Google Wifi app.
  2. Tap the tab, then Network check.
  3. Tap Test Internet.
  4. The app will test your Internet speeds. It should take about 30 seconds.
  5. You’ll see your Internet download and upload speed results. There will also be a brief description of what you can do with this kind of speed. 
  6. Tap Redo to test your Internet speed again. When you’ve finished, tap Done.

What do the results mean?

The Internet speed test measures the download and upload speeds from your primary Wifi point.

Download speed

This represents how fast 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 transfer more data in a shorter amount of time. For example, fast download speeds mean smooth video streaming, smooth online gaming and fast web browsing.

Bear in mind that: 

  • 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 1,000 Mbps.
  • Some devices such as 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 Anything you want! Stream 4 K 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 HD 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. Sounds like a party.
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 could load slowly.

What to do if results aren’t what you expected

Your download speed is looking a little slow, hey? 

Before you start to worry, ask yourself: Am I actually experiencing slow speeds? Or are the results just lower than I expected?

If you actually notice slow performance, take a look at our article on slow Wi-Fi speeds.

If the network check results are low but your Internet experience is good (fast web browsing, smooth video streaming), that’s a good sign. The result could just be a false alarm. There could be several reasons why. Let’s make sure that you’re getting accurate results. Learn how Google Wifi tests your network.

  • Make sure that the slow result wasn’t a one-time thing. Try running a network check again.
    Slow results can be caused by congestion on your ISP’s network or on the Internet, which are most crowded during peak hours such as dinner time. When networks get crowded, data gets slowed down, like cars in a traffic jam.
  • Turn off priority device. Priority device reserves bandwidth for the prioritised device and will result in slower network check results.

How we calculate download speed

To calculate your download speed, the Google Wifi app measures how much data your 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. Learn more.

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.

Bear in mind that:

  • Any speed test is just a general snapshot of your download speed, which depends on when and where you’re going on the Internet. In other words, you might not have 45 Mbps of speed for everything that you do online. That’s because not all Internet connections are the same size. The bigger the connection, the more data can flow through it. And connection size will vary depending on the sites that you visit and where their servers are.
  • Network congestion is always a factor. So, 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 45 Mbps. But 45 Mbps is a pretty good snapshot of your Internet speed. :)
  • In some instances (for example, in an email from Google Wifi), the displayed download speed is an average of past Network Check results. These past results are a collection of any manual Network Check that you perform and any automatic check, which the Google Wifi app performs every other day, from the past two months.

Upload speed

This measures how fast your network can send data to a server. Upload speed is particularly 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.

General rule: If you have a good Wi-Fi speed and you're happy with your download speed, you're fine.

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 Wifi’s Network Check 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.

Think of it this way: Other speed tests will give you your theoretical 'best case scenario' speed, while Google Wifi tries to give you your 'most common scenario speed'.

Want to run additional network tests? Check out M-Lab tests.

See past network results

The Google Wifi app saves the results of every network check performed in the last two months. This includes every manual network check that you do and the automatic checks your Wifi point performs every other day.

  1. Open the Google Wifi app and tap the network tab .
  2. Tap Internet in the network map.
  3. Tap the Speed tab.

You can opt out of the automatic network checks by disabling cloud services. But keep in mind: Turning off cloud services will also disable features such as insight cards, automatic channel selection and Guest Wi-Fi, among others. Learn more about cloud services.

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