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How to Make Data Faster on Your Phone

Rich Edwards | January 20, 2020

With the prevalence of unlimited data pricing plans, the average smartphone user in the U.S. now consumes more cellular data than ever before. In fact, the NPD’s most recent Connected Intelligence Smartphone and Tablet Usage report revealed the alarming statistics below:

  • Today, monthly data consumption averages 31.4 GB
  • Data use is 67% higher for those with unlimited plans
  • iPhone users consume more data than Android users

Given the increasing cellular data needs among typical U.S. smartphone users, it’s no surprise that more people are concerned than ever before about their ability to consistently access their carrier network. If you’re experiencing a data connection problem with your iPhone or Android and find yourself wondering “how can I make my data connection faster?”—we can help.

If you’re unable to establish a wireless data connection while at home or in your car, there are several workarounds you can try to fix your particular data connectivity problem. In this article, we’ll explain how to make data faster for iPhones and Android phones.

How to Make Data Faster on Your iPhone

Why is your data so slow? The quality and speed of your iPhone’s cellular connection can be affected by many things; from the relative distance of nearby cell towers on your daily commute to the signal-blocking materials used in the construction of your home or office; such as concrete, glass, or metal.

Try using an internet speed test app to see just how slow your data is. Then after you’ve tried some tips below, you can retest to see if you gained an improvement in data speed.

weBoost cell phone signal boosters are quite effective at overcoming the obstacles that prevent iPhone users from having reliable coverage at home or on the go; regardless of the carrier network.

If you don’t have your own cell signal booster, here are some other strategies for iPhone users:

  • Start by clearing your browsing history. Go to the Settings app and tap on the Safari icon (or whichever browser you most often use.) Then, scroll down and tap “Clear History and Website Data” button. Make a habit of clearing your iPhone’s history and website data. 
  • Optimize your hardware. Using multiple apps on your iPhone over long periods of time may slow down its performance. To correct this, restart your iPhone or double-tap the home button and flick all open apps off the screen.
    • By going into Settings, you can also switch Airplane Mode on for a few seconds (then back off) to reset your cell connection.

 

  • Keep your iOS up to date. Make sure your iPhone is always running the latest software. Connect to a WIFI network. Then, open Settings, select General and then go to Software Update. If an update is available, follow the download prompts. To help ensure you stay up to date, turn on Automatic Updates to install new iOS software updates overnight.

 

  • Turn off Background App Refresh. By doing so, you can immediately improve the data speed for the apps you regularly use. Open Settings, tap General, tap Background App Refresh, then tap it off. You can also tap off background refresh for apps individually.

How to Make Data Faster on Your Android

With the number of Android users in the U.S. expected to reach 120.5 million by 2021, Google’s OS is the most used and hosts the most active devices across all carrier networks.

For Android users wondering how to make mobile data faster, here are tips to speed up your connection.

  • Reboot your phone. If your Android features a removable battery, take it out. Then, hold down the power button for a minute before reinserting the battery. You can also reset your connection to the cellular network by turning Airplane Mode on and off.

 

  • Check for a software update. Your Android may run slow simply because the OS isn’t up to date. To make sure your Android is current, navigate to Settings. Then, scroll down to About Device. Next, click on Software Update or System Update to finish up the process.

 

  • Install a Speed Boosting App. Google Play offers several free apps to boost data speeds. For example, Internet Speed Booster stops background applications to increase cellular bandwidth availability and improve latency. Some users experience 80% faster speeds.

 

  • Enable Text Mode in browser. By simply disabling images in Google Chrome, your data connection speed will instantly improve on your Android. Select the Text Mode Browser in Chrome for those situations when cell signal is weak but you need to do a web search.

How to Make Data Faster in Your Car or Home with weBoost

Take time to try out the different recommendations and tips to improve the mobile data speeds on your particular phone and determine which strategies work best for your usage preferences.

If you’re unable to establish a wireless data connection with your iPhone, Android, or other cellular-connected devices, consider purchasing a weBoost cell phone signal booster. A variety of models are available for vehicle and home use and they work with all devices, networks, and carriers. Start experiencing faster data speeds instantly with a cell phone data booster.

For details, visit the weBoost product page.