How to Increase Internet Speed in Windows 11

How to Increase Internet Speed in Windows 11

What is more annoying than no internet connection? A Slow one. Almost everyone can testify how infuriating slow download/upload speeds can be. Fortunately, the new Windows 11 provides many tricks to boost it. In this article, we are going to explore 10 ways to increase internet speed on Windows 11. It is important to understand that there could be many factors affecting your internet speed, such as:

  • Network connection catering to too many devices
  • Ill-configured Bandwidth allocation
  • Distance between ISP & user leading to a weak Wi-Fi signal
  • Broken wires and cables
  • Malware attack on the system
  • Network marked as metered connection

How to Increase Internet Speed in Windows 11

How to Increase Internet Speed in Windows 11

You should first learn how to estimate the speed and strength of your WiFi/Ethernet connection.

1. Visit Ookla Speed Test webpage and click on GO to begin the calculation process.

2. Note down the current upload and download speeds in Mbps.

check and note down the speed every time you tweak the system’s configuration. how to increase wifi internet speed

Note:  We strongly recommend that you check & note down the speed every time you tweak system configuration. This will help you understand if you have made a positive change or not and to what degree.

Method 1: Turn Off Metered Connection

A metered connection is used in a scenario where you have limited data to ensure that you do not cross the predefined limit. However, this could result in slower internet speeds. Here’s how to increase your internet speed by disabling metered connection feature:

1. Press Windows + I keys together to launch Windows Settings.

2. Click on Network & internet in the left pane and Wi-Fi option in the right pane, as shown.

Network & internet section in the Settings.

3. Now, click on the network SSID properties, as depicted below.

select Network properties

4. And toggle off Metered connection option, as shown.

Metered connection toggle.

Method 2: Limit Bandwidth for Windows Updates

Windows checks for updates and downloads them in the background. This could result in slower internet speed. To fix this:

1. Press Windows + I keys together to open the Settings window.

2. Here, click on Windows Update in the left pane and Advanced Options in the right.

Advanced option in Windows update section of Settings windows | How to increase internet speed on Windows 11

3. Scroll down to Additional options and select Delivery Optimization, as shown.

Delivery optimization in advanced option section.

4. Toggle off Allow downloads from other PCs option, highlighted below.

Turning off options in Delivery Optimization. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

5. Then, click on Advanced options.

Advanced options in Delivery Optimization.

6A. Select the Absolute Bandwidth option under Download settings section and check the following:

  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background
  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground

Then, input the speed in Mbps which you want to set as the limit.

Absolute Bandwidth options in Delivery optimization advanced options | How to increase internet speed on Windows 11

6B. Alternatively, select the Percentage of measured bandwidth option under Download settings and check the following options:

  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background
  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground

Then, move the sliders to set the percentage of bandwidth to serve as limits.

Download settings in Deliveery optimization advanced options.

7. Under Upload settings, check the boxes marked:

  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for uploading updates to other PCs on the Internet
  • Monthly upload limit

Then, move the sliders to set the desired limits. 

Upload settings in Deliveery optimization advanced options.

Also Read: 5 Best Bandwidth Monitoring and Management Tools

Method 3: Close High Bandwidth Consumption Background Processes

Background services and processes can be resource-hogging consuming too much data. Here’s how to increase internet speed in Windows 11:

1. Press Windows + X keys simultaneously to open the Quick link menu.

2. Select Task Manager from the list.

Quick Link menu.

3. Switch to Performance tab and click on Open Resource Monitor as highlighted.

Performance tab in Task Manager

4. Under Network tab in Resource Monitor window, right-click on unwanted background process and select End Process, as illustrated below.

Network tab in Resource Monitor window | How to increase internet speed on Windows 11

5. Repeat the same for all such tasks and check for improvement in download/upload speeds.

Method 4: Manually Disable Background Apps

You could also disable apps from running in the background to increase your internet connection speed in Windows 11:

1. Launch Settings as earlier and click on Apps from the left pane.

2. Click on Apps & features, as shown.

Apps section in the settings window.

3. Click on the three-dotted icon next to the unrequired app from the given list.

4. Here, select Advanced options.

Three dot menu in Apps & features. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

5. Then, click on Let this app run in the background dropdown menu and select Never.

Options for Background apps permissions

6. Repeat the above steps for all unnecessary apps to prevent them from running in the background.

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Method 5: Change DNS Server Address

There are many DNS servers that could increase internet speed in Windows 11 desktop/laptop.

1. Click on the Search icon, type view network connections, and hit Enter.

Start search results for Network connections. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

2. Right-click on your current network connection like Wi-Fi and click on Properties, as shown.

righr click meu for network adapter

3. Here, select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.

Network adapter properties, select internet protocol version properties. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

4. Check the Use the following DNS server addresses option and type:

1.1.1.1 in Preferred DNS server

1.0.0.1 in Alternate DNS server

5. Finally, click OK to save changes and Exit.

Alternate DNS server settings | How to increase internet speed on Windows 11

Method 6: Scan for Viruses & Malware

Malware can affect internet speed by using it for malicious purposes. Here’s how to increase internet speed on Windows 11 by scanning for malware and removing it from your PC:

Note: McAfee is used as an example here. The options may differ according to the antivirus app.

1. Click on the Search icon and type McAfee LiveSafe. Then, click on Open to launch it.

Start menu search results for McAfee | How to increase internet speed on Windows 11

2. Here, click on PC.

select PC menu option in McAfee Live Safe. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

3. Then, select the Antivirus option shown highlighted.

PC Section in McAfee Live Safe

4. Now, click on Scan types.

select Scan options in PC menu settings McAfee. How to Increase Internet Speed on Windows 11

5. Select the Run a full scan option. Wait for the scan to finish and take action according to the results & suggestions.

select run a full scan in the Types of scans available McAfee antivirus

Also Read: What is Google Chrome Elevation Service

Method 7: Change Web Browser

You can try other available browser options to see if it is the fault of your browser. There are many browsers with features to optimize the performance of your PC and increase internet speed in Windows 11. Some of the popular web browsers and their features are listed below:

  • Chrome: Being the top choice for browsers among cyber citizens today, Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers. Due to its simple interface, it is loved by most users. However, Chrome is also notoriously known for RAM hogging. 
  • Opera: Opera gives two different options catering to the needs of different people. Opera is used for regular use, while Opera GX is available for the gaming community with inbuilt Discord and Twitch integrations. Opera being developed on Chromium engine also lets you install extensions from Chrome Web Store so that you can enjoy the best of both worlds.
  • Firefox: Firefox, though once considered as the biggest rival of Chrome, is somehow lagging behind. However, it is still a worthy contender on its own. Its amazing features like Autoplay blocking, Text to speech, In-built screenshot tool are still lacking in other browsers.
  • Brave: Brave browser is one of the more privacy-centric browsers available today. It can block trackers and ads completely making your browsing experience smooth and distraction-free.
  • Microsoft Edge: Microsoft Edge is a fast and secure browser developed by Microsoft and pre-installed in Windows 11. It provides various features to boost browser performance such as Startup boost, Hardware acceleration, and Background extensions & apps, as illustrated below.

microsoft edge system and performance settings

Method 8: Enable Wireless Access Control

Sometimes your router may exceed the device connection limit. This may cause your internet to slow down. So, you can add wireless access control to limit the network-connected devices.

Note: Since Routers do not have the same settings option, and they vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, hence ensure the correct settings before changing any. The following steps were performed on PROLINK ADSL Router.

Here’s how to increase internet speed in Windows 11 by limiting the number of devices:

1. Click on the Search icon and type, command prompt. Then, click Open.

Start menu search results for command prompt

2. Type ipconfig /all command in Command Prompt and hit Enter.

3. Find the Default Gateway address shown highlighted.

Note: Typically, the gateway address is given at the back of the router or the router manual.

find default gateway detail after executing ipconfig command in cmd or command prompt

4. Then, open Default Gateway address on any web browser. Log in with your credentials.

enter login credentials to login to router settings

5. Under Setup tab, click on WLAN option from the left pane.

Select the Setup tab and click on the WLAN menu option at the left pane in prolink router settings

6. Here, click on Access Control List and choose Allow Listed option from the Wireless Access Control Mode dropdown menu, as depicted below.

Enable the Wireless Access Control option in PROLINK adsl router settings

7. Then, add the MAC address (e.g. ABE0F7G601) of the devices to be allowed to use this internet connection and click Add.

add MAC address in wireless access control settings in PROLINK ADSL router

8. Finally, click on Apply Changes and exit.

Also Read: How to Boot Windows 11 in Safe Mode

Pro Tip: How to find MAC address of your gadget

For Windows: Execute ipconfig /all in Command Prompt and note Physical address.

ipconfig command result physical address or MAC address information in command prompt

For Android: Navigate to Settings > System > About phone > Status option. Note the Wi-Fi MAC address from here.

wifi mac address in Honor Play About phone status

Also Read: Change Your MAC Address on Windows, Linux or Mac

Method 9: Upgrade Internet Plan

Maybe it is time for you to upgrade your internet plan. Call your Internet Service provider and ask for plans that give better speed options.

Method 10: Replace Router or Cables

Faulty or damaged hardware will result in unstable connections and poor internet speed. So, you should check for faulty wires, cable & Ethernet and replace these, if needed. Get a new router that offers better bandwidth too, if possible.

ethernet cable

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Pete Mitchell

Pete is a Senior staff writer at TechCult. Pete loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has a decade of experience writing how-tos, features, and technology guides on the internet.

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