How to Speed Up Downloads (up to 6 Times Faster)

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Introduction: How to Speed Up Downloads (up to 6 Times Faster)

If you're using Google Chrome, you probably know that it doesn't download files that fast. You can speed up downloads with download acceleration software (like Internet Download Manager) which isn't always free and doesn't necessarily work. There is a much easier way that actually works... and it works AWESOME!

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Step 1: Chrome Is Slow

First, an example. I've started downloading a 700 MB ISO file in GoogleChrome at 1:52 AM and finish at 2:12 AM (see screenshots). Simple math tells us that it took 20 minutes to download a 700 MB file. Quite a poor result for a browser we all love.

Step 2: Citrio Is 6 Times Faster

Then I've downloaded a chromium-based browser called Citrio. I've started downloading the same file at 2:17 AM and finished at 2:20 AM. It took only 3 minutes to download a 700 MB file.

It's more than 6 times faster than Google Chrome.

Step 3: What Was That!?

Citrio is basically a Chrome browser with pre-installed extensions. One of such extensions (that isn't available separately for Chrome) is a Download Accelerator. It's a part of a Download Manager so you don't have to do a thing, except for start the actual download and it will be automatically boosted. You can use your Google Account to sign in Citrio and all your Chrome extensions, bookmarks and passwords will be added to Citrio. In my experience, it can fully replace Chrome. Otherwise nothing prevents you from keeping a second browser exclusively for downloading large files.

Step 4: A Little Update (for Mh76dk)

Dear mh76dk, thank you for mentioning that files were downloaded from different servers. I didn't think about it at first. Yes, this might have played the part in the great download speed difference. So, I've decided to repeat the test.

It's almost the same time as yesterday (around 2 AM). This time I've decided to do the first download with Citrio, followed by Chrome. I've also added online clock to verify the data stamp. You can see results on the screenshots.

Citrio: 1:48 - 1:53 = 5 min

Chrome: 1:57 - 2:14 = 17 min

Yes, the results turned out to be different from the initial ones. However, Citrio still was more than 3 times faster than Chrome.

If you feel like it, please, send me the results of your tests, because they can be performed as many times as the one desires. Nevertheless, I'm sure that Chrome will lose this fight.

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69 Discussions

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JeremyL168
JeremyL168

Question 1 year ago

My download is through a game client. Specifically, WorldofWarships_PT. how can I speed this up?

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axjmd
axjmd

1 year ago

Don't download Citrio. It's highly complicated and they didn't test anything. When I click on the YouTube tv on you tube's site to get the recommended videos I'm used to seeing in Chrome, Citrio had huge problems showing them. Everything does not download smoothly. I can't give this browser any stars- they have to go back to the drawing board.

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bneil4434
bneil4434

2 years ago

*****DO NOT Install Citrio!!!******
*****DO NOT Install Citrio!!!******

https://genxpose.blogspot.com/2014/12/citrio-browser-avoid-it.html

Its jampacked full malicious content! If you dont believe me just google it for yourself. Better yet, see EVERYTHING the Citrio Browser is hiding and why you DO NOT want it anywhere on your computer!

https://genxpose.blogspot.com/2014/12/citrio-browser-avoid-it.html

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wimpygamer999
wimpygamer999

Reply 1 year ago

dude, read the be nice policy

do you even read?

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RayY16
RayY16

1 year ago

Hail For Citrio its possible for me to download big files

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cvqwrv
cvqwrv

Question 2 years ago on Step 3

this isn't a question but wow. this is amazing i loved it, thank you very much. I appreciate this tutorial very much, i download a lot of things for school and home, and it always takes forever!, but now that I have this, i love it so thank you!

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ToanT15
ToanT15

2 years ago

Citrio does NOT download the full file it just downloads a small portion of said file.

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ShubhamG41
ShubhamG41

2 years ago

I get a speed of 128 kb/s only. Can I use it download a file of 1.2 GB and can I pause downloads also so that I can continue it later.

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LukeB81
LukeB81

3 years ago

Does it speed up pages?

Sounds like what Opera browser's Turbo does.

Unfortunately Opera is based on Chrome now, too. :(

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AlaH6
AlaH6

3 years ago

Wait a minute! It does work for Windows!

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AlaH6
AlaH6

3 years ago

but the problem, is that it sadly runs on mac, not Windows according to

your screenshot. :(

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new_roser
new_roser

3 years ago

Good way, thanks for this easy way

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Zypex
Zypex

4 years ago

XD. 500 kilobytes per second is bad, that's making me feel sorry for myself. I usually only get 250 kilobytes per second apart from the off occasion where I get 400 kilobytes.

Crappy NZ internet.

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SkyW9
SkyW9

Reply 3 years ago

agreed nz internet sucks

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EthanW46
EthanW46

Reply 3 years ago

Downloading a 1.2 GB file, getting around 150 KB/s.

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JJR13
JJR13

Reply 3 years ago

I am only getting 100 KB per second

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johns332
johns332

Reply 3 years ago

Im downloading a 2gb exe and im getting 99 kilobytes per second. Thats with chrome and NBN.

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Creepifieng.
Creepifieng.

Reply 3 years ago

i'm only getting 65 kilobytes per scond

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XxMultiG
XxMultiG

3 years ago

Lol i used chrome and downloaded a 1.9 GB Iso file and it downloaded in 8 minutes ._. i only pay for 50MB/s internet