Uploading speed tests to CoverageMap.com helps build a better cellular coverage map for everyone.
Contributing data to the coverage map also gives you these four benefits:
So how do you contribute data to the coverage map?
Here are the four main steps to contributing speed tests to the CoverageMap.com map:
Let’s walk through each of these.
Speed test apps are apps that test the speed and performance of your internet connection.
The speed test app we recommend is called SpeedSmart.
We recommend SpeedSmart because it’s completely free and available for both iPhone and Android. It has a great design, works on a network of hundreds of high-performance speed test servers for accurate results, and allows you to run as many tests as you want.
We also partnered with SpeedSmart to collect speed test data for our coverage map.
To make things easy for you, any speed test you run in SpeedSmart will automatically show up on the coverage map in due time.
But, if you’d like to get your speed tests uploaded faster and earn points and achievements, then you’ll export your data as a CSV file and upload it to CoverageMap.com yourself.
CoverageMap.com also supports uploading speed test data from other speed testing apps on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
The second step is to run a speed test.
First, make sure your Wi-Fi is turned off so you’re using your cellular connection.
Then, open your speed test app of choice and run a test. The app will measure your cellular download speeds, upload speeds, ping, and jitter.
We use all of these data points in our coverage map.
You can run as many tests as you’d like.
We add all speed tests to the map. The more areas you test in, the more spots will get filled in on the coverage map and the better picture we will have of a carrier’s coverage.
Be mindful that cellular speed tests consumes a lot of cellular data, especially if you have a fast connection.
You typically want a high data plan with 20GB, 30GB, or even unlimited data if you plan to run more than just one or two speed tests.
All speed test apps save your results as CSV files.
We use these CSV files to import data into our map.
You can export a CSV file from any of the most popular speed testing applications by following the video tutorial at the top of this article.
With your CSV file generated, you’re ready to upload it to CoverageMap.com.
Here are the steps:
Your speed tests will be processed in real-time and will instantly appear on the map.
Thank you for contributing to this project and for making the coverage map better for everyone!