How to set Data Limit for Wireless and Ethernet Adapter on Windows 10

Starting with Windows 10 v1803, Microsoft is now offering you a way to see how much data your Wireless or Ethernet adapter can consume. This is important because of data limits you might have with your ISP. I am sure many of you have either unlimited or huge stock of data bandwidth, but there are many who don’t have this privilege. Thisfeature is important for them, as data is not cheap and with this, in place, one can understand how much data has been consumed without using any third party tool.

There is another aspect. Many a time you connect to multiple networks – and you get to know details of that as well.

While, Windows 10 offers macro control when it comes to controlling the amount of bandwidth that a PC consumes, especially for the updates. Windows 10 Spring Creators Update now offers users to put a limit on bandwidth usage in the foreground as well along with Background Data Control.

Set data limit for Ethernet & WiFi adapter on Windows 10

Open Settings > Network & Internet > Data Usage. This will list down all the adapters including WiFI with the amount of data it has consumed.

Data Usage for Network Adapters on Windows 10

You can then click on View usage per app, to see data consumed by individual apps. Here I just have Ethernet, but if you have a computer which has both WiFi and Ethernet, you can see both.

How to set Data Limit for Wireless and Ethernet Adapter on Windows 10

Next, select the network adapter from the drop-down, and then click on Set Limit button. Here you can set data limit based on-

  • One-time
  • Monthly Limit
  • Unlimited.

Once done, it will give you details on how much data has been consumed, and remaining portion. The best part is that your data has been already tracked, and you get a realistic picture no matter when you set it up.

Data Limit Cycle

The next thing you need to take a look at is Background Data based on your data consumption. You can start restricting the background data. The options are –

  1. When I’m within the 10% of your limit
  2. Always
  3. Never.

It is to be noted that the data transfer within the same network i.e. between PCs or between NAS or Xbox One Streaming is also accounted for this.

Hope this helps!

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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.