How to download files faster on the Samsung Galaxy S5


Did you know that you could download files faster on the Galaxy S5? Samsung’s new Android flagship comes with a built-in ‘Download Booster’ mode that basically allows you to use the speeds of Wi-Fi and 4G LTE networks combined. This will come in handy, especially for users who are in a hurry to download a big file.

Enabling ‘Download Booster’ is as simple as it gets - you just have to know that the option exists. On most Galaxy S5, to enable download booster, you need to first have enabled Mobile Data and Wi-Fi, and then slide down from the top to bring the notification shade. Slide the toggles to the left, and - by default - that’s where the ‘Download Booster’ mode resides.

If you cannot find it there, make sure to double-check: just open Settings and look for the Download Booster icon. By default, it’s a blue icon appearing at the top-most row, and you can enable it from there as well.

Some Galaxy S5 devices, however, might lack this new mode. In fact, the three biggest US carriers - Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint - have negotiated to have the feature removed to avoid having their networks hogged. The only big US carrier that seemingly supports it for the moment is T-Mobile.

Finally, keep in mind that by using your 4G LTE connection to download large files, you’ll quickly deplete your monthly data allowance. Moreover, you may run into overage fees on some carriers. The ‘Download Booster’ could be a useful feature for those times when you need to get files as quickly as possible, but make sure to use it with caution.

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Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Can this be ported to any other phone or it is a hardware limitation?

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

Yes, it seems it's been ported to at least the Galaxy S4. Look it up on Xda.

6. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Typical talk s**t about Samsung then steal their phone feature. Lol!

3. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Thankfully I got an unlimited LTE plan that isn't capped.

8. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

There's no such thing

9. rns122112 unregistered

T-Mobile $80 plan unlimited 4g lte no cap. What are you talking about no such thing?

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's $70 for me. ;)

12. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

It's just $47 monthly for my unlimited LTE plan, with 150 minutes of calls after 200 sms free. It's supposed to slow down to 3G speed after 1.5GB, but it doesn't happen. I could use over 60 GB monthly.

13. TheNeighbor

Posts: 370; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I meant "and", not "after".

19. rns122112 unregistered

That was before this... phonearena.com/news/T-Mobile-heats-up-the-rate-pla​n-race-more-data-unlimited-international-texting_i​d53637

17. JEverettnow

Posts: 228; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I have unlimited LTE with Sprint. I have been getting about 13-20mbps down. Not quite my Comcast WI-FI connection, but definitely useable.

18. Mr.Verizon

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

yes there is, i still have unlimited data with my verizon plan. although i have to purchase my phones at full price i do use between 50-70gb per month depending on what im downloading and since i do manage a store anyway, i was able to score a note 3 when verizon's systems were letting people keep their unlimited data the first week of october last year. i don't expect to get that lucky again though.

4. joe1blue

Posts: 169; Member since: Jul 25, 2013

Now this is where Samsung needs to start to push their weight around phone Companies Should Not just be able to remove a feature from this phone like that. If I'm paying for the data let me use it the way i want If im on unlimited or if limited. These phone companies are full of jokes I have Sprint service but Big Ups to T mobile! For keeping it real

5. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

It's funny how only Sammy seems to utilize the power of what android can do. Other android phones are trying so hard to be plain and boring like the iPhone and they wonder why they are not selling like sammy. Maybe when they learn to throw in some few gimmicks/features and tricks maybe people will start buying their phones. For me I live in Africa and don't always have internet available but my Samsung phone comes preloaded with lots of features I don't need to download special apps from the playstore. Samsung phones are like windows PC. It does almost everything and that's why I love sammy.

7. __0__

Posts: 242; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

bloat is bad , i rather download apps from the playstore than live with bloat i cant use and cant install

11. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Wonderful. I'm confused.. S5 or K Zoom or wait for a Mega 2? I just can't seem to choose which one to buy ..

15. cheeseycheeser

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

Just from their past versions, the S5! Without a doubt it'll get the most support, but the og Galaxy Zoom didn't even have that good of a camera, and the Mega was not nearly as speedy as the S4.

16. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Yes, you are right, the S5 is surely the best phone out there with all the goodies it has.. but it seems tempting thinking about the S5 Zoom.. And I have a Mega right now and enjoy the split screen option so much .. but yes, I think I'll be getting an S5 next month ..

14. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

The feature would have been more meaningful if the phone is set to ping on several WiFis around.

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