Browser (classic interface)

Turbo mode

What is Turbo mode?

Turbo is a mode that is activated when the internet connection is slow in the browser (it is based on Opera Turbo technology from Opera Software). This helps speed up page loading and saves your traffic. Pages load faster due to reduced data volume (page contents, including videos, are compressed on Yandex servers before being sent to the browser).

When Turbo mode is activated, the icon appears in the right part of the SmartBox.

Restriction. However, Turbo mode is not applied to pages that are secured using the HTTPS protocol: these pages do not pass through Yandex servers, and are displayed directly in your browser.

Automatically enabling and disabling Turbo mode

There are two thresholds that provide smooth automatic activation and deactivation of Turbo mode:

  • If the connection speed falls below 128 Kbit/s, Turbo mode is activated. When the speed increases, it remains on until the speed exceeds 512 Kbit/s.
  • If the connection speed reaches 512 Kbit/s or higher, Turbo mode is deactivated automatically and the icon disappears. If the connection speed falls below 512 Kbit/s after this, Turbo mode stays off until the speed decreases to 128 Kbit/s.

Restriction.  You cannot customize the thresholds for activating and deactivating Turbo mode.

Hidden page contents

When Turbo mode is enabled, certain page elements (such as video ads from other sites) may not load completely. A placeholder displays in their place. To load the hidden content, click the placeholder.

Compressing video

By default, the browser compresses video when Turbo mode is on. Compressed video additionally saves up to 70% of traffic, but reduces the video quality. To view video without loss of quality, disable video compression for the tab or entirely.

Turn off video compression
  1. Click the icon  Settings.

  2. In the Turbo section, turn off the Compress video option.

Turbo mode settings

Global Turbo mode settings are saved when you restart your browser. You can enable or disable this mode, as well as notifications and video compression.

To get to your global settings:

  1. Click the icon  Settings.

  2. In the Turbo section, set the desired options for Turbo mode.

Details about mode parameters

OptionDescription
Automatically enable for low connection speedsThe browser uses this mode by default. Turbo automatically turns on when connection speed is low and turns off when it's fast.
Always onTurbo mode is always on, and the icon is displayed in the right part of the page header. For a fast internet connection, Turbo mode might slow down page loading.
OffTurbo mode is disabled. When the internet connection is slow, the icon is displayed in the right part of the page header (enabling Turbo mode is recommended).
Notify me about changes in connection speedYou will get browser messages about changes in the connection speed and about Turbo mode.
Compress videoYou can view compressed video when Turbo mode is activated.

Turbo mode
video compression
Turbo settings
speeds up browsing on slow connections
traffic reduction