Windows 11/10 features an easy way to monitor and control data usage. If you do not have an unlimited data package or plan to monitor the amount of data a computer is consuming, then this feature comes in handy. This feature comes in handy to monitor kids’ PC in terms of data usage since Microsoft Family doesn’t tell anything about it. In this post, we will show you how to view, set up, remove, reset, edit, manage the Data Usage Limit on Windows 11/10.
Manage Data Usage Limit on Windows 11/10
Data usage tracking is not new in Windows 10, but it has been reorganized in May 2004 Feature Update. In some ways, it has taken a step back, but their new features are useful in terms of usage. When you open Network and Internet settings, data usage details are upfront for the connected network. It represents 30 days of usage and clearly gives the message that if you are on a limited network, you can manage it by following the data usage button.
Data usage was earlier available as one of the sections under Network and Internet, which is merged with the status section. The only advantage I can see is that it makes it clear upfront. It is beneficial for many countries where data still doesn’t come cheap. We will cover the following topics for:
- View data usage
- Setup and view the remaining data
- FAQ’s Windows 11/10 Data Usage
How to view data usage on Windows 11
To view data usage on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Press Win+I to open Windows Settings.
- Click on the Network & internet option on the left side.
- Click on the Advanced network settings.
- Click the Data usage option under More settings.
How to set up data usage limit on Windows 11
To set up data usage limit on Windows 11, follow these steps:
- Open Windows Settings.
- Go to Network & internet tab.
- Click on the Advanced network settings option.
- Select the Data usage option.
- Choose a network.
- Click the Enter limit button.
- Choose Limit type (Monthly, One time, Unlimited), Monthly reset date, data limit, etc.
- Click the Save button.
How to view data usage on Windows 10
Windows 10 monitors network traffic on all the adapters connected to Windows 10 PC. If you have both ethernet and wifi adapters, you can view data usage on a per adapter basis. The data usage that is shown upfront is one with which you are connected at that moment.
- Open Settings ( Win + I)
- Navigate to Network & Internet > Status
- The amount of data used on the connected network is displayed above the Data Usage button. Click on the button.
- It will open the Data Usage section where you can select the network from the drop-down menu.
- Once selected, it will show details of per-app data usage, and the option to configure the data limit for that network.
How to set up data usage limit on Windows 10
- Open Settings, and navigate to Network and Internet > Status
- Click on the Data Usage button, and then select the network from the drop-down menu.
- Then press the Enter Limit button.
- It will open a pop-up window where you can set the limiting factors:
- Limit Type: Monthly, One Time, Unlimited
- Monthly reset date: Make sure to match it with the billing cycle
- Data Limit in terms of GB or MB
- Click the save button, and ti will refresh to display the following information.
- Time left until reset with the exact date.
- Data used
- Data Remaining.
It is interesting to note that data was always monitored, and only when you enable the option, it is shown differently. Do note that the data is only calculated for this device. Most of the homes have a setup router, and if you want to tally it with ISP stats, it is better to look at data logged in the router. This setting is only to understand the data usage of the computer and on a per-application basis.
Conserve 3G & LTE Data Usage on Windows PC
If you’re running on an LTE or 3G network, we recommend turning on Metered Connection. This can be done by launching the Settings app, then going to Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced Options > Set as metered connection. Just toggle the switch it from Off to On position, and you should be good to go.
Metered connection limits the number of apps that connect to the Internet. This works really well, so expect to save a few MBs throughout the day.
If you’re interested in knowing the amount of data you’re using, track back to the Wi-Fi section in the Settings app and click on “Data usage.” This section should give an overview of the amount of data used in a 30-day period.
Click on Usage details from the Data Usage section. Once everything has done loading, all Internet-related software and apps will be listed and show the amount of data used.
TIP: These Free Bandwidth Monitoring Tools may also interest some of you.
Windows 11/10 Data Usage FAQ
How to remove the data usage limit in Windows?
Open Settings and go to Network & Internet > Status, and click on the Data Usage button. If you want to remove the data limit for the current network, simply click on the Remove limit button. If it’s for a different adapter you wish to remove, then select it from the drop-down menu, and select it. Then remove the limit.
Post this; no warning will be displayed about data usage even though it will be collected in the background if you ever wish to see it.
How to reset data usage on Windows 11/10?
Open Network and Internet settings and click on the Data Usage button. Select the network adaptor of which you want to reset the limit. Scroll to the end of the page, and click on Reset usage stats. The button has been oddly placed at the bottom. Once you do that, the calculation of data usage will start again. There is no way to disable this feature as of now.
How to view remaining data?
Under Network & Internet > Status, click on Data Usage, and then select the adaptor for which you want to view the remaining data. If you have set up the Data Limit earlier, you should see a progress bar, which indicates how much of the data limit has been consumed. Under that, you have exact details of the consumed data and the remaining data. There is no way to set or view the data limit of individual applications.
How to edit data usage for a network?
Go to Settings > Network and Internet > Status. Click on the Data usage button, and then click on the Edit limit button. Now you can change the data usage settings in terms of limit type, monthly reset, and data limit. Do note it will change accordingly, and will not reset the already collected data.
I hope you like the new feature of data usage in Windows 11/10. Earlier, there was a dedicated section of data usage in the Network and Usage section. It offered a dashboard and a centric approach to data usage management. But now Microsoft has decided to change things.