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How to view the Data Usage in Windows 10

How to view the Data Usage in Windows 10

by AshwinFebruary 10, 2016

Yesterday, we taught you how to disable the Live Tiles in Windows 10’s Start Menu.

Windows 10 Data Usage stats

That will definitely help you saving some bandwidth, or even some much needed screen space.

Data or bandwidth is the term used for the amount of network resources available in an Internet plan (from internet your service provider). Usually there are strict caps for bandwidth, which are imposed by ISPs. And these often vary from each plan, and even from each company.

Some people are always on the move, or live in remote areas where a good broadband connection may not be available. So, they use metered networks, like 3G or 4G LTE instead.

Let’s face it, internet isn’t cheap, so we have to be as efficient as possible to save data. And how do we do that? No, we can’t stop using applications, that doesn’t make sense. Instead, what we need to do,  is check how much data an app uses. By doing so we can narrow down the apps which are eating up the data, and in turn the speed as well.

How to View the Data Usage in Windows 10:

1. Click on the Start Menu.

2. Select the Settings app.

3. Choose the second option in the main menu, “Network & Internet”.

4. On the left sidebar, click on the third option “Data Usage”.

5. Now, in the right pane, you should see how many GB (Gigabytes) of data your PC used in the last 30 days. This is displayed in Wi-Fi and Ethernet (LAN connections).

6. Just below the data usage stats, there is text link, which says “Usage Details”. Click on it, this will show you the breakdown of the data usage statistics for each app.

Windows 10 Data Usage
As you can see, my main browser, Waterfox is the biggest when it comes to consuming data (YouTube, downloads, etc), followed by Steam, and FDM. The other apps aren’t used as often, and as a result don’t use as much data.

The Data Usage tab also has another useful option, called Storage Settings. Clicking on this option, will display the amount of free space in your storage devices (Hard Drive, External HDD, USB Flash Drive). It will also tell you how much storage is used by these drives. But of course, you can view this from Windows File Explorer, which is much simpler too.

Tip: If you don’t use Windows 10 Apps, simply uninstall them. This will definitely help you save a few MB of data everyday.