If you are spending more time streaming TV shows and movies, your broadband service should have a good Internet speed. But, at times, when there is a surge in demand your broadband speeds can dwindle. You can quickly check if you are getting an acceptable speed level by running a simple test using Google.com. See how!

How to run a test to check your Internet speed on Google.com?

When repeated buffering keeps interrupting your movie streaming experience, there’s definitely some Internet speed issue. You can check if you are getting the broadband speed you are paying for by doing the following.

  1. Open a new tab on your PC or Smartphone.
  2. Type Google.com and hit Enter.
  3. Type the following words – Internet Speed Test and press Enter.
  4. Hit the Run Speed Test button.
  5. Wait for few seconds for the test to complete.
  6. Check the Upload and Download speed.
  7. Run the test again, if required.

You should contact your Internet provider if the pace is low and the issue is not resolved.

On your PC or Smartphone, open a new tab in the browser.

Google Broadband Speed Test
Google Broadband Speed Test

If your Default Search engine is set to Google, type the text shown in the search bar above and hit the Enter key – Internet Speed Test.

Run Speed Test Button
Run Speed Test Button

Scroll down a bit to find RUN SPEED TEST button.

Testing Download Speed
Testing Download Speed

When found, press the button to run the test and wait for few seconds.

Test Complete
Test Complete

The test is quite fast and completes the Internet speed check under 30 seconds. The speed test usually transfers less than 40 MB of data but may transfer more data on fast connections.

How safe or reliable is the Internet speed test by Google?

To run the test, Google connects you to Measurement Lab (M-Lab) and shares your IP address with it. Once the IP address is processed in accordance with the site’s privacy policy, it publishes them publicly to promote Internet research. Published information includes your IP address and test results. However, sharing of any data related to the Internet user is prohibited.

That’s all there is to it!

Source – Google