How To Get Faster Upload & Download Speeds In Windows 11/10 - Windows Basics


Sunday, December 19, 2021

How To Get Faster Upload & Download Speeds In Windows 11/10

No one likes slow internet, especially if you have important jobs that need a good internet connection. Luckily, there are ways you can speed up your connection. This guide will solve the slow connection problem and will show you how to speed up the Internet on Windows 11/10. There are different things you can try to get the most out of your connection.

How to increase upload and download speed in Windows 11/10

Just a little disclaimer before you try these methods, you will get the speed you pay your ISP. If you have a cheap internet plan, you can't expect it to perform at the level of a premium plan. These steps will help you get the most out of your internet plan.

A. Close unnecessary apps and tabs

If you are facing slow download speed, try closing all applications that may use your Internet. If you don't know which apps are using your Internet, try checking your Data usage.

1. Open Settings from the Start Menu 

2. Click Network & Internet > Data Usage

3. Now, select the network you are connected to from the Choose a network section, check which apps don't need to use the Internet, and close them.

You should also close unnecessary tabs if you are downloading or uploading something from your browser.

Do these and check if it increases your download and upload speed.

B. Disable Metered Connection

If you use a mobile hotspot, you've likely set up a data limit. However, if the feature is accidentally enabled for your home network, it may limit the amount of data available to you. You should disable this feature if it is already on.

1. Open Settings with the keyboard shortcut Win + I.

2. Select Network & Internet from the left pane.

3. Select the Properties option from the right pane.

4. Turn off the toggle next to Metered connection

5. Now, restart your computer and check if it increases your download and upload speed.

C. Turn Off Background Applications

Many applications run in the background using your Internet connection. As a result, you get slower download and upload speeds.

You can disable background apps option on your PC. That will prevent all your apps from running in the background.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select the Privacy option. Scroll down in the left sidebar and select Background apps.

3. On the right pane, switch the Allow apps to run in the background option to the OFF position.

You can also select individual apps to prevent them from running in the background.


 D. Change The Bandwidth Limit In Windows 10

Windows 11/10 uses a certain amount of your bandwidth to download updates for the Windows operating system and applications. If it uses too much bandwidth, you can add a limit.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Click Update & Security.

3. Select Advanced options from the middle pane.

4. Scroll down and click Delivery Optimization.

5. Select Advanced options at the bottom.

You will see a slider for both Download settings and Upload settings. Here you can specify how much bandwidth Windows can use for core tasks.

E. Switch to Google or Open DNS

1. Click the search icon on the taskbar and type Control Panel. Click Open.

2. Select Network and Internet.

3: Select Network and Sharing Center.

4. Next to Connections, click on the link with your network name.

5. Click Properties.

6. Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4.

7. Select Use the following DNS Server addresses and add the following:

  • Preferred DNS Server:
  • Alternate DNS server:

8. Select OK.

If none of these work and you are still struggling with poor connections, you should change your network service provider or change your internet plan.

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