The Speedtest app by Ookla is among the most popular ways people test the speed of their internet connection. But most don’t realize the configurative capabilities of the app before they tap the big “Go” button.
With internet speeds exploding exponentially from averages of 100 megabits a decade ago to well over a gigabit today, it seemed like a good time to remind everyone that the Speedtest app lets you change the ‘speedometer’ scale to suit your internet speeds.
In this tutorial, we’ll show you how you can adjust the Speedtest app’s speedometer scale to one of three maximum speed settings, including a minimum of 100 megabits per second, a median of 500 megabits per second, and a maximum of 1,000 megabits per second.
Changing the Speedtest app’s speedometer scale
The Speedtest app defaults to a 100 megabit scale, since most internet connections fall inside of this range. But if you want to change the scale to suit your higher internet speeds, simply follow these steps:
1) Launch the Speedtest app from your Home Screen:
2) Swipe up on the grabber below the “Go” button:
3) Tap on the speedometer scale you wish to use:
Note: Selecting too small of a scale for faster internet connections means that the speedometer will peg to the max, yielding a misleading aesthetic.
The Speedtest app will remember your selection for all speed tests going forward, so it’s not necessary to change the speedometer scale more than once unless you want to adjust it for a specific network.
Now when you perform a speed test using the Speedtest app, it will use the scale you selected. Notice the different speedometer readouts and their positions:
Changing the Speedtest app’s speedometer scale is a quick and easy process that can yield more pleasant aesthetics in today’s fast-internet world. Don’t settle for a peg to the max effect when you don’t have to.
If you’re not already taking advantage of the free Speedtest app by Ookla, then you can download it for free from the App Store onto your iPhone or iPad.
Will you be changing your Speedtest app’s speedometer scale settings? Let us know why or why not in the comments section down below.