There are a lot of great ways to test your internet speeds. Maybe you’re trying to figure out your internet connection’s download and upload speeds to ensure your network is working correctly, or perhaps you just want to show your friends how fast your internet is for some reason. One great way to check your speeds, if you want, is to use Google. Here’s how…
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How to check your internet speed from Google’s homepage
- Connect to the internet
- Ask Google for a speed test
1. Connect to the internet
Before you can check your internet speed, you need to make sure that you’re actually connected to an active network. Locate your desired SSID (assuming you’re using a wireless connection, which you probably are), sign in, and make sure there is a secure connection. You can head on over to Google.com to double check that your internet connection is working.
2. Ask Google for a speed test
Now that you’re already on Google’s homepage, simply search for ‘speed test.’ Of course, there’ll be search results for online options to check your speed like Speedtest by Ookla, but above that will be Google’s own speed test offering.
To check your internet speed, click on Run Speed Test. In real-time, you can watch the web applet check your ping, download, and upload speeds. After it’s completed, you can see the test results, the server location that was used in the speed test, a bit of information about your network’s speed including what you should be able to do (like stream HD videos), and the ability to rerun the test.
Note: According to several readers from outside of the US, this feature might not be available in all regions. At this time, we know for sure that it doesn’t work in Nicaragua and Portugal.
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