How to find out how fast your internet is using a free and accurate Google speed test

“Google offers a simple and fast tool for doing this, and all you have to do is complete a simple Google search to start.

The test measures your speed by measuring the amount of data that can move through your internet connection. It takes about 30 seconds to complete, and your results are given in terms of megabits per second, or Mbps. The higher your Mbps count, the better.

For reference, the FCC’s standard for a fast internet connection is at least 25 Mbps for downloads, and 3 Mbps for uploads. This test can measure connections of up to 700 Mbps.”

“How to use Google’s internet speed test

Before you run the test, you should know that doing so requires sharing your IP address with M-Lab, which Google has partnered with to produce the test.

1. Go to Google and search for “internet speed test.”

2. At the top of the search results will be a box labeled “Internet speed test.” Click the blue “Run Speed Test” button at the bottom of this box.

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This test will be the first result. 
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3. A new pop-up will appear with a speedometer, like the type you’d see in a car. The test will begin measuring your download speed, followed by your upload speed. You don’t have to do anything.

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Your internet speed will be analyzed. 
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4. Once the test is finished, your results will be displayed.

Note that when you take this test, your IP address will be shared with Google and M-Lab, the company that runs this test. There’s no real security threat here — both companies keep their data incredibly secure, and even if someone were to find your IP address, there’s nearly no chance that they could use it in a malicious way.”