Most people own a “smart” mobile device of some description. Smartphones and tablet devices are some of the most-common mobile devices in use in 2014. If you’re a gadget geek like me, you will doubtless own several such devices!
With constant improvements in mobile technology, many people surf the World Wide Web from a mobile device. If you’re sitting in a bus or having a cup of coffee at your favorite cafe, you are likely to go online and use mobile Internet.
Despite those constant improvements, some folks get a lousy connection to the Internet. If you are one of those poor souls, despair no more because help is at hand! In this blog post, you will learn how to improve the speed of your mobile Internet connection. Here is what you need to know:
Clear your web browser cache
Smartphones and tablet devices aren’t too dissimilar to conventional desktop computers. In fact, it’s what they are all based on. They use similar technology but on a smaller scale.
When you go on the World Wide Web from your mobile device, you use a web browser app like Safari (iOS) or Google Chrome (Android, iOS). As with conventional PCs and laptops, web browser apps keep a database of website information. The database is often called a “cache.”
Web Browser apps have caches to speed up the web browsing experience. Instead of downloading the same content all the time, they will only download it if it’s newer than what gets stored on your device.
The trouble is; if this cache is large, it can take your device time to find that data and compare it against what the “live” website has. As you can imagine, this can have a negative impact on your mobile Internet experience.
Make sure that you clear your web browser’s cache at least once a week. Do this sooner if you spend a large amount of time surfing the Web using your mobile device.
Use Wi-Fi instead of mobile data connections
Wi-Fi and mobile data connections both use wireless radio technology to send and receive data. The only difference is that Wi-Fi connections can offer more-robust Web connections.
Mobile network cell towers aren’t everywhere. If you are far away from your nearest cell tower, chances are your mobile data connection will be quite slow. In those cases, it’s best to use a Wi-Fi access point that has a fast land-based broadband Internet connection.
The good news is that there are plenty of Wi-Fi access points you can use. Many of them are free. And if you have privacy concerns, you can also use a secure VPN tunnel to encrypt data sent over the air.
Use 4G mobile data connections where possible
It’s likely that you won’t always be anywhere near a Wi-Fi access point. In those cases, you should consider using 4G or “LTE” mobile data connections. You will need a compatible device to use 4G, such as the Apple iPhone 5 or newer.
4G offers faster speeds than 3G or the older GPRS. Many large towns and cities have 4G provision, with coverage growing on a monthly basis.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!