The new Android 8.1 update will allow you to see how fast a Wi-Fi network is before you even connect to it.

So we learned back in December that with Android version 8.1 you will get whats called Wi-Fi speed labels. What this means is it will use basic words to tell you how fast the network speed will be before you even connect to it. While this won’t necessarily help when at home, it could definitely help while at an apartment complex or a shopping mall with multiple stores Wi-Fi.


Right now, it’ll only tell you if you if the network is Slow, OK, Fast, or Very Fast. So what does that mean for you? We have it broken down here to help you understand a little bit better:

  • Slow: You can make phone calls and send texts. (0-1 Mbps)
  • OK: You can read web pages, use social media, and stream music. (1-5 Mbps)
  • Fast: You can stream most videos. (5-20 Mbps)
  • Very Fast: You can stream very high-quality videos. (20 Mbps+)

Of course, if you prefer to keep guessing and not see the network speeds you can always turn them off by going into the Settings app > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Wi-Fi Preferences > Advanced > Network rating provider > None.

To make sure your device is the most up to date, go to Settings>System> System update> Check for update

-Main Man

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