Verizon Speed Test

A Full Look at the Official Verizon Fios Internet Speed Test

Screenshot of a Verizon internet speed test
Verizon Internet Speed Test.

The Verizon Speed Test is the online bandwidth test that Verizon suggests their Fios high-speed customers use to test their Internet speed.

If you're a Verizon Fios customer, testing your bandwidth with the Verizon Speed Test is probably the best way to go if you're looking to confirm those Mbps or Gbps numbers on your monthly bill.

If Verizon isn't your ISP, using this speed test probably won't be particularly valuable.

More on that towards the bottom of the page, as well as some general comments on the accuracy of this test.

How to Use the Verizon Speed Test

Verizon uses a hosted OOKLA platform, something you may have seen on a number of other speed tests out there, so this process may look familiar:

  1. Visit my.verizon.com. You do not have to sign in to your Verizon account, or even have one, to use this test.
  2. Click or tap on the red Start Speed Test button. Don't worry if nothing happens for a few seconds, it takes a bit to load.
  3. Click or tap on the large Begin Test button that you should see in the middle of the screen. If you don't see anything, you may need to enable Flash or switch to a device that supports that.
  4. Wait during the Latency Test, the Download Test, and lastly the Upload Test. The whole process should take under a minute or so.

To perform this test, Verizon sends and receives random data to and from your computer, after which some basic math determines your Internet speed in Mbps.

Once the three tests are complete, you'll be taken to a summary page. There you can see the final latency, download, and upload results. Record these if you're planning on regularly testing your Internet speed, a good idea if you plan on asking Verizon for support or a refund based on slow speeds.

When to (and Not to) Use the Verizon Speed Test

The Verizon Fios speed test is really only helpful if a) you're a Verizon customer, and b) you're not looking for a "real world" test.

Like I mentioned at the start of this article, that means the Verizon Speed Test is great for making sure that you're getting the bandwidth that you're paying for. What you may not realize, however, is that speed you pay Verizon for very likely isn't what you'll ever get when streaming from Netflix, or downloading software, etc.

For a more realistic test, I recommend testing with a non-ISP-hosted, HTML5-based Internet speed test like TestMy.net, SpeedOf.Me, or Bandwidth Place.

See my HTML5 vs Flash Internet Speed Tests and 5 Rules for a More Accurate Internet Speed Test for more on getting the most out of your bandwidth testing.

If you're still not sure if the Verizon Fios Speed Test is the way to go, see my How to Test Your Internet Speed for an overview of the testing process and which tests to use based on what you're looking for.

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