How to increase your upload speed

Slow upload speed getting you down? Read our tips on how to improve your service.

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With upload speeds usually lagging behind download speeds in the UK, uploading things can be a snail-paced nightmare.

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One of the most common reasons your upload speed could be slow may be based on your provider and package you have. Different providers perform better in certain areas of the country and it could be worth switching.

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How to increase your upload speed

  • Try using a wired connection. If you’re currently using a Wi-Fi connection, try switching to an ethernet cable, as wired connections have a faster upload speed.
  • Clear your temporary files. Clearing your history, cache, and cookies can increase the overall speed of your computer, and this will increase your upload speed in turn.
  • Remove other devices from your network. Having many devices connected to your internet at once can really slow down speeds, so try removing these. This can include wireless printers and mobile phones too.
  • Remove malware. Malware is one of the things that can slow your computer’s speed down most, so you should make sure you don’t have any viruses. You can do this by downloading antivirus software and by making sure that it’s working properly.
  • Change your DNS settings. Different domain name servers (DNS) have different speeds. You can change your DNS by finding the fastest ones and entering the code manually in your internet settings or by downloading tools to help get the fastest ones. Two reliable tools are Google DNS and OpenDNS, but there are also some professional level ones that you have to pay for.
  • Update device drivers. If your device drivers are outdated it can really slow you down. You can update them by clicking ‘update device drivers’ in your network adapter’s options menu.
  • Upload at off-peak times. This one isn’t particularly helpful if you need to upload quickly now, but off-peak times have much quicker speeds, and this is something to consider when choosing the time you upload something.

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Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Speeds Default contract length Monthly cost Minimum overall cost Offer
Unlimited Broadband
Unlimited Broadband
10Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£17.99
£323.82
£50 reward card
Fast broadband
Fast broadband
11Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£18.99
£341.82
Fast Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
Fast Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
11Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£21.50
£387
Unlimited Fibre
Unlimited Fibre
36Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£22.99
£413.82
Get £75 reward card
Faster Fibre Broadband - existing TalkTalk customers only
Faster Fibre Broadband - existing TalkTalk customers only
38Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£23.50
£423
Faster Fibre Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
Faster Fibre Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
38Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£23.50
£423
Superfast Fibre broadband
Superfast Fibre broadband
35Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£24.99
£449.82
Get £50 bill credit
Superfast Fibre Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
Superfast Fibre Broadband - for new TalkTalk customers only
67Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£26
£468
£50 voucher
M50 Fibre Broadband +Phone
M50 Fibre Broadband +Phone
55Mbps
Average speed*
12 months
£26
£312
Get £75 bill credit
Superfast Fibre Broadband - existing TalkTalk customers only
Superfast Fibre Broadband - existing TalkTalk customers only
67Mbps
Average speed*
18 months
£26
£468
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*Average speeds are based on speed available to at least 50% of customers at peak time (8-10pm). Speeds vary according to factors like location, and the speed you receive may differ from the figure in our comparison. Most providers will give a customised estimate based on your address.

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