Whether it’s sharing a video of the hilarious thing your dog just did or trying to send project files to a coworker, it can be a very frustrating experience to watch a progress bar that seems to mock you by how long it takes to move. You know you’re paying for a good connection, and it worked just fine yesterday, but now your upload speed is just gone. So, what happened?

What happened to my upload speed?

There are quite a few reasons why you might lose upload speed. If you want to know why and how to fix it, you might have to do some digging.

How long have you had the device?

If you’ve had the device a long time, it might be having trouble keeping up with your needs. Even if your internet connection is fantastic, if your device’s memory isn’t fast enough, your device won’t be able to upload at the speed of you connection, because it can’t read the data fast enough. Another possibility is that your device needs to be updated or is in the process of updating. That can limit what the device is capable of as well.

Is your device feeling alright?

It’s not fun to think about, but you might be experiencing slow upload speeds because of a computer virus or other malicious software. Just having too many programs running in the background is enough to slow your connection down, but if it’s a virus then slow speed could be the least of your troubles.

Is your connection the problem, or is it what you’re trying to connect to?

How fast you can download or upload anything depends on your internet connection, the physical distance the data travels, the path the data takes, and the internet connection of the destination device. Try downloading or uploading to/from a different website or device. If your connection works as expected, then it’s probably not a problem on your end.

Are you using a wireless connection?

Whether it’s Wi-Fi from your router, a satellite internet connection, a cellular connection, or any other connection that isn’t transmitted through wires, you might need to look for interference. Many things can interfere with wireless signals. If it’s a Wi-Fi connection to your router, try the upload or download again from a different place or try it plugged into the router if possible. If it works on Wi-Fi when standing close to the router, you may need to move your router or even upgrade it. If it only works well plugged in, either your router has a problem, or your router or device may need an upgrade.

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