Ookla Speedtest, an app used to test metrics like upload and download speeds, has updated its iOS app to allow users to test their internet streaming quality. Testing is free and currently available only with the iOS app, with more platforms coming.
In an announcement about the update, Ookla says that the testing works by playing a video to measure how well video can stream on your network, giving a more accurate measurement than you’d get by estimating streaming quality based on other metrics.
“While network speed certainly impacts your video experience, providers routinely prioritize video traffic differently than other traffic, Ookla says. “This means that video can perform very differently than the rest of the things you do online, no matter how fast the download speed of your network.”
“If your video test results reveal that you are frequently not able to stream well, you can use your video test history to advocate for yourself when talking to your provider.”
You’ll find the new test in a tab at the bottom of the app. Tap on the video icon to start testing your network’s video streaming quality.
iOS users can download the Speedtest by Ookla app in the App Store.