How to show your current network speed in the Android status bar without root

How to show your current network speed in the Android status bar without root

Keeping your download and upload speeds visible at all times in the status bar can be a dream come true for many Android phone users. Some manufacturer interface overlays already have such a function built in, but many don't, and you have to go in and out of apps to gauge the speed of your current cellular data connection.

Granted, you can install an Xposed module to keep the network speeds always visible in the notification bar, but you will need to root your handset for that, and most people don't want to bother, or are weary that they might lose their warranties if they do. If you don't want to learn the ropes of rooting and installing custom ROMs or the Xposed framework sounds too alien for you, there is a way to show your current network speeds in the status bar without all that extra effort.

1. Download the Internet Speed Meter Pro app from the Play Store, and install it on your Android phone or tablet;

2. Go into the app's settings and check the desired update interval and measuring unit;

3. Again from settings, you can set a widget to appear in the notification bar itself when pulled down, adjust the floating widget's position in the status bar, the size of the font, or whether to show/hide it when your phone is idle, or there is no Internet traffic going on. 

That's all, folks, now you have a small handy notification for both your download and upload speeds in the status bar at all times, which you can customize as well.

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10 Comments

1. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Now this is very useful. Seems something liek this would be on device by default.

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

This is available by default in MIUI. You just need to enable it from the settings menu.

2. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I got NPerf, it is a network speed tester app as well. Giving u like an Antutu-esque benchmark scores.

3. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Sounds cool.

4. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Gravity box is the answer if you're rooted and has xposed installed

8. matty1323

Posts: 42; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I've been using Internet Speed Meter and love it, ended up purchasing the pro version. Here's a link to the Lite one -https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.internet.speed.meter.lite Works well and you can have it be different colors for Wifi vs Mobile as well.

13. salmanshah

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

But it's not good enough. It doesn't show speed in decimal value. Suppose I am getting 2.2MBps, but its showing me only 2MBps.

9. markdj

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

The link in the article to the play store app doesn't work

10. markdj

Posts: 9; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

The link in the article to the play store app doesn't work

12. EdgarWells

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 17, 2015

I have rooted android device with the use Search4Roots but gonna try this stuff with rooted and unroot device.

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