When you are experiencing frustratingly slow upload speeds, your initial reaction might be that you need to switch internet providers or packages or connection options. While you may eventually decide one of those is true, there are several things that you can try first to fix your speed that may save you an unnecessary headache.
Briefly, let’s discuss the difference between upload and download speed, so you know where to focus your efforts. Uploading is any time you are moving information (data) from one device to another, typically done online. For example: turning in a paper for a class that you have to submit via an online portal. Downloading includes things like streaming music or videos.
Restart your device(s)
We do not mean to insult you, but any desktop/IT support person will probably first give you this advice. It surprisingly fixes a lot of issues that you would not expect. Please just try it, even if you have to roll your eyes the entire time you are rebooting.
Clear your cache and cookies
This is another top piece of desktop/IT advice. While you are at it, you might as well clear out that browsing history too. Devices can get bogged down with storing all this needless information, and by clearing it out, you could improve performance.
Limit the number of devices on your network
Every device that is connected to your network takes up bandwidth. Try disconnecting some of these items and see if that makes a difference. Do not forget that this includes every device that uses an internet connection, like a wireless printer and your mobile phone that probably automatically connects. Similarly, if you have tried disconnecting the other devices, try stopping all other uploads happening on the device you are using and ensuring there is not anything running in the background that you have forgotten.
Check your firewall
If you are using third-party firewall software, try turning it off for a short while to see if your upload speeds improve. If they do, it may be time to consider another vendor.
Update your firmware and drivers
Firmware is what is inside your router. It is a good practice to ensure that your firmware is updated from time to time. At the same time, you will want to ensure your drivers are operating efficiently by keeping them up-to-date. An out-of-date driver here and there will not make a huge difference in your uploading speed, but it can start to add up if you are negligent in your maintenance.
Get rid of malware
Malware is one of those scary words to a lot of people. It is something that can really bring your device down, specifically the speed at which it operates. Do a quick scan to remove anything unneeded and to ensure you are not storing any viruses. We suggest doing a fair amount of research before downloading and investing in anti-virus software. They are not all created equal, and the program you have may actually be slowing down your device.
Change your DNS
If you are not familiar with what a DNS is, it stands for Domain Name Servers. Each is different and has different speeds. You can change the setting by manually entering a code for a quicker DNS in your internet settings. This is pretty advanced if you are new to this type of work, so there is no shame in reaching out to friends or professionals for assistance. There is also a lot of good literature on the internet to help you out.
Use a wired connection
This obviously is not an ideal workaround if you are relying on wireless internet. However, if you are in a bind and ready to rip out all your hair, try this approach instead. Generally speaking, your upload speed will always be quicker if you are using a wired connection.
Switch your Internet Service Provider
Finally, it might be time to switch your provider or dish out some extra cash for a quicker connection.
Update Your Device
Sometimes you have to accept that the device you are using is so out of date that it cannot keep up with the ever-changing world of technology and needs to be replaced.
As you can see, there are many ways you can improve your upload speeds that do not automatically mean you need to spend more money. Again, you might have to, but it only makes sense to try all of your other options first if you are trying to be conscious of your spending.