How to Improve My Download Speed on a Mac

By Mario Calhoun

Internet download speeds can slow down to a crawl even if you have a high-speed connection due to heavy bandwidth from downloading movies and other large files. Rather than settle for slow data transfer, you can improve your download speed by installing a download accelerator application. These Internet utility programs are available for free or as shareware, a program that offers free use during a trial period.

Things You'll Need

  • Internet connection
  • Download accelerating program

Step 1

Go to, and click the “Downloads” tab at the top of the browser window. Click the “All Downloads” tab located on the far left side of the window, and select “Internet Utilities.”

Step 2

Scroll down and click the “Speed Download 5.2.8” link. Click the “Download” button, followed by clicking “Agree” when the installation wizard appears. Click and drag the “Speed Download 5” icon to your “Applications” folder.

Step 3

Click “Go” at the top of your screen followed by clicking “Applications” from the drop-down menu and double-clicking the “Speed Download” folder. Double-click “Speed Download 5” icon to run the application. Click “Open” on the dialog box to confirm you wish to run the application.

Step 4

Click “Automatic” to allow the program to configure your Internet browser, and type your system administrator password. Restart your browser.