How to fix internet connection on your device

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Abraham Miller

There is absolutely nothing as frustrating as a lagging and unstable internet connection. Your online calls are interrupted, pages take forever to load, downloads that should be done in minutes spills into hours, the list is endless. If you would like to find out how to fix internet connection on your android, iPhone, mac, and even laptops, then keep reading.

If you are looking for how to fix a slow internet connection, this article is for you. You will also see how to fix the wifi connection on your device and how to fix an unstable internet connection.  Each solution takes care of a particular device and kind of problem so read to the end so that you can find the one that suits your device.

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Restart your device

You could have many tabs on at the same time (possible multi-tasking on your device), and this could result in a slow internet connection. The first step you could try is to close all open tabs on your device. Once you have done this, go ahead to restart your device.

The steps to restart your device depend on what kind of device you are using, but there are general steps.

  • For a laptop, click on Start> Click on the power button / icon > Select Restart 
  • For android phones and iPhones, the power button should be on either side of the phone. Press and hold down the power button> follow the prompt and select Restart
  • For a mi-fi or internet router, you should power it off, take out the battery and turn it on again.
  • Now give your device a couple of minutes to turn off and restart itself.
  • Turn on the internet connection and Launch your browser.

Move around a bit and change locations

Talking about how to fix internet connection (which can sometimes be caused by wireless congestion in your environment, especially in dense living environments), you can try moving around. There could be a few locations within your environment that would allow a more stable and seamless internet connection. If there are hills and mountains around you, it can affect your signal as well.

  • To find out where to get the best internet connection in your house or office, move around a bit and keep your eyes on your internet connection indicator or network bar so that you observe where the connection is strongest.
  • If you are using a wi-fi connection on a router, a mi-fi or another phone, move your internet source (device) around to find out where you can get the best connection. This is a good way to fix wi-fi problems.
  • If you are in an enclosed space, a good spot to try is the window area. If you are in a multi-story building, you can also try moving to a higher floor to see if it improves.

These movements may not be convenient for you, but it is a good way to troubleshoot and know what location works best for you, after which you can decide what to do.

Ensure that your battery is well charged

It happens sometimes that while you are wondering how to fix internet connection or wifi problems, there really is no problem except for a low battery. In some devices, when the battery gets very low, the system responds by activating data saver mode, thus slowing down data and internet connection as a way to reduce power consumption.

In this case, the issue should resolve itself as soon as you connect your device to a power source. If you do not have immediate access to a power source, then you should deactivate the data saver mode on your device.

Check out the next solution.

Disable Data Saver/Low Data Mode

Smartphones (both Android and iOS) have features that allow it to activate your data saver / low data mode in order to reduce your data usage. This can be in response to low battery on your device, or low data, but once this feature is activated, your internet connection slows down. In some cases, you might have turned it on yourself.

To fix the internet connection in this case, you simply have to deactivate it.

  • On Android, launch the Settings app > navigate to Network & internet and click on it > Click on Data usage > Select Data Saver (in some android devices, you will find data saver directly under network & Internet). If it is on, toggle it off.
  • On iPhone, the location may differ based on the model but you should generally find it under settings. Click on Settings> select Cellular > look for Cellular Data Options and click on it > Click on Low Data Mode and make sure it is turned off.

Once this feature is turned off, you should notice an improvement in your internet connection. Much later, you can turn it back on if you are worried about how much data you consume on your device.

Disconnect your VPN

VPNs recently became popular due to users' desire for anonymity and privacy, but when you are connecting to remote servers, it could slow down your speed. If you have your phone connected to any VPN, disconnect it and try browsing again. This should fix the slow internet connection almost immediately. You can reconnect to the VPN later on if you desire.

Reset Network Settings on your phone

Another step you can try is to reset your network settings. This usually requires the device passcode or PINcode prompt for the process to be completed so ensure that you have this data close by.

Another caveat is that it will reset your Wi-Fi access points and Bluetooth devices, so you will have to reconnect to saved Wi-Fi networks and Bluetooth devices later.

  • On an iPhone, go to Settings > select General > navigate and select Reset > click Reset Network Settings. The device will prompt you to input your passcode if you have one.
  • On an Android phone, Go to Settings> navigate and select System > click Advanced > choose Reset options > Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth. This may vary depending on your phone model so you can easily type reset phone settings in the search bar under Settings.

Bring out your sim card and re-insert it again

As a final resort, you can bring out the sim card from your device and re-insert it. Again the sim card location on your device depends on your device, it could be at the top, sides, under or behind the device close to the battery. Make sure that your phone is powered off first before doing this to avoid any system damage.

This simple action works wonders in clearing up issues affecting your internet connection. If you are using a router or wifi connection, you can also turn off the device, take out the sim card and reinsert it. Be careful while pulling it out so as not to lose it.

In very extreme cases when this last step fails, you should contact your service provider for help or get a new sim card.