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How to run Ping (Network Diagnostics) on your iPhone

How fast is your iPhone's Internet connection? There is no quick, built-in way to tell. You can watch your Wi-Fi or mobile rods to see if you have a good signal, but that does not mean you have a solid connection.

Enter Pingify, created by Connectify. This free iPhone and iPad app works in the same way as ping, a classic command line tool that you can run on a Windows, Mac, or Linux computer. It sends short messages ("pings") to a remote server via your Internet connection and shows how fast these messages are received.

By looking at the ping results, you can see the exact duration of the connection. You can also see package loss, which appears like some of the pings just fail. And if the latency is okay on some of the pings but often increases, it turns out that you are experiencing latitude sticks. Any problems can be either a result of your Wi-Fi or cellular signal strength or a result of the Internet connection itself.

You can also use Pingify to test your iPhones Wi-Fi or mobile power, launch a ping and go around an area. You may notice that some areas in your home, workplace or elsewhere have a worse signal. It's easy to detect dead spots or other bad areas if you are staring at the ping results while walking around.

Download Pingify from Apple App Store and launch it to get started. Press the "Start Test" button on the Main Pingify tab. Pingify automatically starts paging over both your Wi-Fi and cellular data connections. It also sends pings over your VPN, if you are connected to a VPN. Pingify will not stop until you press "Stop Test."

The Analyzing app in the app shows a history of your Pingify test results along with the geographic location where you performed them. Pingify usually sends pings to google.com, but you can change that server from the Settings tab. If Google servers have a problem, it affects your ping results, but Google usually has fast servers with solid connections.

This tool is immediately known to anyone who has ever run a ping command. If you do not, it's still a good way to see how well your connection works right now. If a webpage or app is ever slowly loaded on your phone, run a test in Pingify.

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