How to reduce internet data usage in Windows 10

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Have you ever wondered where your data is disappearing after upgrading to Windows 10? Well, if you are in an area with limited modem speed then you will definitely face such problems. If you've noticed that Windows 10 loves to feast on data, in no time you'll see it disappear in weird ways. Although we can set the connection to “Measured”, the data continues to drop rapidly without any clue.

Wondering what's causing this heavy internet usage? Want to know what's causing your data to go missing? Today we will not only walk you through how to set the connection as “Measure” in the settings, but we will also show you how to reduce the Internet data usage of Windows 10.



Tips to save data consumption on Windows 10 operating system

Select "Measured" as your data connection

Changing the data connection to “Measured” in Settings is one of the most basic steps to send a signal to Windows 10 that will limit bulk updates and self-adjusting app downloads. To change the setting to "Measured", you need to do the following: -

1 - Go to settings

2 - Now, click on Network and internet

3 - Now, click on Wi-Fi in the menu on the left

4 - Now, click on your connected Wifi network on the right side.

5 - Finally, activate the option that says Set as measured connection.

Disable background apps

Windows 10 allows some apps to run in the background by default, which in turn consumes a large amount of data. The main culprit here is the “Mail” app running out of most of the data. In such cases, it is quite safe to disconnect these crooks or apps to save some data.



To go "settings", Click on"Privacy"And now locate"App in background". Turn off the "App in backgroundAnd then go ahead and close all other apps that you think you don't need and they are killing your data.

Light: How to disable background apps

Limit sharing of Windows 10 update on bandwidth

1 - Go to settings

2 - Click Update and security

3 - Click Windows update in the menu on the left.

4 - Now click on Advanced options from the right side.

5 - Now click on Delivery optimization

6 - Now click on Advanced options

7 - Now, check all the options and drag the slider to the minimum value.

Disable Onedrive

One Drive is one of the other background apps in Windows 10 that runs out of your data in no time. In fact, it's one of the most important applications in disabling the Windows 10 operating system, which can be a radical step, however, not many of us need it to run in the background all the time. Yes, One Drive helps you sync your files, which makes your life easier, but it can also be done at the next internet cafe. This may take some time; however, it will save you some important data during the period.


Read: How to uninstall OneDrive

To disable One Drive, right click on the “Taskbar” to open a list. Select “Task Manager” from the list and click on it or alternatively use keyboard shortcuts like CTRL + SHIFT + ESC all at once.


Below you will see a series of tabs and the one you need to click on is the “Home” tab.

This will further open a list and here you need to scroll down and select “Microsoft OneDrive”. Now disable this option to prevent “One Drive” from automatically syncing files in the background.

You also need to disable other drives like Google Drive or Dropbox to save the data.

Disable animated tiles

If you choose to keep the “Live Tiles” option set to “On”, the news application will run in the background, keeping you constantly updated with the latest feeds. Facebook, Twitter, Mail or Weather are some applications that are interconnected with the Feed and will continue to retrieve the news automatically. If you are not interested in the Feeds, you can deactivate the "Live Tiles" and choose not to participate. Right click on the "Tiling" option and select the option that says "Disable Dynamic Tiling" and voila!


Disable automatic offline map update in Windows 10

Go to Settings -> Applications> Offline Maps. Disable the option Automatically update maps.

Delay the Windows update! For Windows 10 Pro and Enterprise users only

Yup! It also has this handy feature in Windows 10 which allows you to delay / postpone Windows updates. So, if your PC is running a Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise operating system, you will find an option in the settings section of Windows Update that will allow you to delay / postpone the download process for new features for several months. . This is definitely a punch, as any new feature update can be significantly big.

Also, delaying the Windows update will not disturb the download process or the security update installation procedure! It will also not affect the download of features forever, but only for a limited time.


Go to the "Settings" option, click on "Update & Security", now select "Windows Update" and then click on "Advanced Options". Scroll to the bottom and click the checkbox next to the 'Defer Updates' option. However, remember that activating this option will also postpone “Microsoft Updates”.

Note that it is not necessary to apply all the options we have mentioned here and you should apply the ideas depending on the type of connection running on your operating system. However, if applied tactfully, these ideas will help you control Windows 10 data consumption in a much better way, helping you to save a good amount of data.

Disable the PC sync function

Read: How To Disable Windows 10 Sync Feature

While you may admire that the PC sync feature is the trademark feature of Windows 10, the fact is that it consumes a considerable portion of your data. So you don't really want it to run in the background unless it's needed, so it's best to keep it off until the time you need to sync your files. To disable PC sync, you need to find the "Settings" option, go to "Accounts" and find the option that says "Sync your settings" and now move it to "OFF".

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