If You’re on a Limited Data Plan, Take Control of Your Data Usage

By | August 25, 2016
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If You’re on a Limited Data Plan, Take Control of Your Data Usage

Note: If you have Windows 10 version 1607 (Anniversary Edition) see the bottom of this page.

Press the Windows key + i (or click Start—>Settings) to open Windows 10 Settings. Next click on “Network & Internet” then click on Data usage:

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Let’s look up close and personal…see?

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You’ll see an overview of your data usage by type (Wi-Fi and Ethernet):

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If you wish to see what’s using the most data, click on Usage details and you’ll see a list of all the apps that are using the most data. I don’t watch movies on my PC, but as you can see my Chrome browser is using the most data, and the program we use to help folks with our Cloudeight Direct Computer Care Service, close behind:

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The data usage is upgraded continually so you’ll always know where you stand and what programs and apps are using up the most data.

If you want to take even more control, turn on Metered Connections.

Click on the Start button –>Settings–>Network & Internet–>Wi-Fi.

Click on “Advanced Options”. In the Advanced Options dialog, under “Metered connection” turn the switch to “On” (it’s off by default).

This may affect how often you’ll get Windows Updates – but at least you’ll be in control of your data usage.

UPDATE FOR WINDOWS 10 VERSION 1607 (Anniversary Edition)

In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Metered connection is now located under Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > your connection name.

Everything else is the same.


3 thoughts on “If You’re on a Limited Data Plan, Take Control of Your Data Usage

  1. patrick

    Metered connection has been removed in the Anniversary update. Sneaky MS, have to accept windows updates when they release them, no options.

  2. Nancy

    I do not have the same layout as you show on this. Do I have to be connected with my Microsoft account?
    My Wi-Fi is home connected and I have satellite internet.
    If I click on WI-Fi I have the options :
    Wi FI with options
    Wi-Fi Sense with options
    Hotspot 2.0 Network with options
    Paid Wi- Fi services with options

    Metered connections are no where to be found.

    If Patrick is correct it seems to be a mute decision
    Would appreciate feedback.

    1. infoave Post author

      The article has been updated for Windows 10 anniversary edition.


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