5 Easy Fixes Slow Upload Speed

The despair of slow upload speeds! You’re trying to upload that presentation for work, send your latest creative masterpiece to your Instagram followers, or even get that hilarious cat video to your buddy who could use a good laugh. But, instead of blazing along at fiber optic speed, your internet is moving at a snail’s pace. Trust me, I know the feeling.

Well, here’s some good news: you’re not alone and, more importantly, there are solutions. Having tinkered with countless setups over the years, I’ve stumbled upon a dozen or so tried-and-tested fixes that could make all the difference. So, let’s dive in.

1. Test Your Internet Speed:

To understand the problem, you need to diagnose it first. Simply open your browser and type in “Speedtest.net” or “Fast.com”. You’ll be presented with a ‘Go’ or ‘Start’ button. Click on that, and let the magic happen. After a few moments, you’ll see your upload speed, download speed, and latency. Remember, if your upload speed is significantly lower than what your Internet Service Provider (ISP) promised, there’s room for improvement.

Test Your Internet Speed


2. Check Your Network Hardware:

Routers and modems can get tired too, metaphorically speaking. A quick restart can give them a fresh start. Unplug them from the wall, wait for about 60 seconds (patience, my friend), then plug them back in. Give them a few minutes to restart fully, then test your speed again.

3. Switch Off Other Devices:

Your bandwidth is like a highway, and each device connected to your network is a car. Too many cars and you have a traffic jam. To free up the road, disconnect other devices from the network or turn off their Wi-Fi and see if the upload speed increases.

Switch Off Other Devices

4. Wired over Wireless:

Here’s where an Ethernet cable can save the day. Connect one end to your router and the other to your computer. Once you’re connected, disable your Wi-Fi to ensure all traffic goes through the cable. It might look a bit untidy, but it’s a small price to pay for speed. Then, test your upload speed again. You might be pleasantly surprised!

5. Limit Background Applications:

Right-click on the taskbar and select ‘Task Manager’. In the ‘Processes’ tab, check the ‘Network’ column. If an application is hogging your bandwidth, it’ll show up here. Consider closing these applications, or limiting their bandwidth usage in the app’s settings.

Limit Background Applications

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Benjamin Johnson

Hey there, I'm Ben, the tech-savvy Founder and CEO of WinFixo.com. I've dedicated my life to helping fellow Windows users optimize their PCs for peak performance. Join me on this journey as we unlock the full potential of your Windows devices together!

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