How to increase download speed on Windows 10

How to increase download speed on Windows 10

Have you noticed that your files take longer to download on Windows 10 than before? If so, this may be caused by several reasons. However, don't worry—there are many ways to fix this issue. Read on to discover how to resolve the problem and identify its cause.

Why are my downloads so slow on Windows 10?

If you've noticed that your Windows 10 computer takes forever to download or load files, it might be related to one of these issues:

  • Slow internet connection;
  • Interference between your router and your computer;
  • Background apps using too many resources and bandwidth;
  • Many devices using the same Wi-Fi network;
  • The connection is metered.

How to boost download speed on Windows 10

  • First, troubleshoot your internet connection because it's often the main reason why the internet for slow internet speeds.
  • Try to download one thing at a time, otherwise, the downloads will compete with each other slowing down the process.
  • Turn off all the apps running in the background since they also use your internet resources and can interfere with download speed.
  • Delete temporary files as they can also influence your internet speed.
  • Try to switch your web browser. Also, update it to the latest version.
  • Move closer to the router or use an Ethernet cable to improve the connection's stability. 
  • If you've set a metered connection to limit data usage, try turning it off; this might maximize the download speed.
  • Use a download manager that can balance downloads and improve their speed.
  •  Change DNS servers. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) selects your default DNS server, but it might not be the fastest one. Trying a different one manually could be better.
  • Change the bandwidth limit to prioritize downloads.
  • Turn off automatic Windows updates as they can also slow down your download speed. However, remember to update manually from time to time.
  • Check your internet plan and consider upgrading it if you see that it limits your connection speed.
  • Check with your ISP to make sure you have the right equipment.
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