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How to Get Faster Internet Speeds For Free

Have you ever wanted your internet connection speed, which is already fast, to be even faster for free? This article will explain how to make your phone to load website pages even faster and more securely.

To explain everything, I will explain how the internet works. If you just want faster speeds, go to the last subheading of this article.

How the Internet Works

The internet simply works by moving data from one place to another through various devices. Given that there are millions of devices that access the internet every day, there are dedicated machines that store information and pass it on when requested called servers.

How fast you can connect to these servers from your mobile device or computers depends on your internet service provider (ISP). This is why companies like Faiba, Safaricom, and Zuku boast of fast reliable internet speeds. This is what you call data bandwidth. But how fast you can download things from the internet does not even account for your internet speeds.

What actually determines how fast your internet speed is the latency. Unlike bandwidth which determines the biggest amount of data can be transferred in one second, latency determines how long it will take that said data to travel between its source and destination measured in milliseconds.

This explains why some users who have data bandwidths of up to 100 Mbps still experience slow loading websites.

(You can do quick latency test of your internet connections on Fast.com.)

To improve latency, you need to change your device’s Domain Name System (DNS).

DNS

Think of DNS as the Yellow Pages book. Users usually engage with websites through their domain names such as breakingnews.co.ke. Web browsers, don’t interact with domains names but with their Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. What DNS does is translate the name to IP addresses so that browsers can load the page. Similar to how you save contacts to your phone so that you don’t have to remember all those numbers.

Every device has its own unique IP address and the DNS is automatically provided by your ISP. Changing the DNS will not change the bandwidth of your connection but will reduce latency. Websites such as Facebook which is notorious for having slow load times will load even faster.

How to Change your DNS?

This will only work for mobile devices. The desktop tutorial is a much more complicated process that includes tweaking your WiFi router.

  1. Open your App Store/Play Store and search for 1.1.1.1 by Cloudflare
  2. Install the app
  3. Agree to the terms of use and switch on the connection.

That’s it. You can even test how fast websites load when you are connected. The best part about this app is that it is free for life. You can, however, opt to pay for even faster loading times but that is completely up to you.

Let us know of your experience down in the comments below.

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Elvis Mwangi

A content writer with some years of experience. My job is to interpret and report current events using words. There is just that mystery of how words can invoke so much emotion.
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