How to Limit and Monitor Monthly Internet Data Usage on Windows 10

Monitoring your data usage consumption is extremely important especially if you have a limited connection or a FUP, post which the ISP will throttle the data speed. To be honest Windows 10 hasn’t exactly been frugal when it comes to data consumption in fact in some of the instances it has completely eaten up my monthly data quota. In this article not only will we talk about how to monitor your data usage but will also explain how you can access data information for every app.

If you open the Task Manager, you will be able to see some details under the Network & Metered network columns. Clicking on the Delete usage history will clear the numbers.

Monitor Data Usage in Windows 10

Now, I am not talking about using some third party app; instead, it is the Windows very own data monitoring system that displays how much data is sent and received by every app in a given month. All of this can be done by using your network usage monitor present in the Settings app and the Task manager.

Open the Settings app from Start Menu. Select Network & Internet. Select Data Usage, and here you can see the cumulative usage for the entire month.

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Click on the “Usage details, ” and a new window with application wise data usage will open. You can see usage from WiFi, Ethernet or any other kind of network.

Restrict Monitor Monthly Data Usage

The only limitation is that the Usage details shows the cumulative data and doesn’t segregate the data from networked usage or data consumed for an update. Also, you won’t be able to reset the graph and the same will automatically get reset only after the end of the month.The plus point, however, is that one can monitor data from both traditional applications and also UWP apps.

Read: How to reset or clear Data Usage in Windows 10.

Set up a metered connections for restricted data usage

This feature has been a lifesaver for me as I don’t prefer automatic updates since they eat up my LTE data when I am not using Wi-Fi. Well if you are using a smartphone and tethering the internet you can either set the connection as metered in the smartphone or you can simply manage all the connections on the Windows machine.

In order to set a connection as metered go to Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi and then click on the “Advanced options” on the bottom of the Wi-Fi networks. Once you are in the advanced menu, you will have an option to “Set as metered connection.” The metered connection can always be toggled off.

Also if you are worried about the way Windows Updates hogging your data and increasing data usage go to Windows Update in the Settings and then you can always head over to “Configure Automatic Updates” and select “Notify for Download and Notify for Install.” With this Windows will notify you every time there is an update available and you can install using WiFi.

Restrict Data Usage in Windows 10

If you want to restrict Data Usage in Windows 10 further, here are some other things you could control:

  1. Configure Windows Update as mentioned above
  2. Make sure OneDrive syncing is disabled. Better still disable OneDrive and use it only when you need to
  3. Disable PC Sync your settings. You will find it under Settings > Accounts.
  4. Turn off Background apps so that they do not consume data in the background
  5. Turn off Live Tiles by right-clicking on the Live Tiles and selecting Turn live tile off.
  6. Disable Windows 10 Telemetry. You could use some Windows 10 Privacy Fixer Tools to achive the same easily.

Other ideas are most welcome!

Go here if you need to know how to how to reset or clear Data Usage in Windows 10.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.