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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