How to Check Network Data Usage on Windows 10

Ben Stegner 30-12-2016

We usually think of saving internet data usage as a problem for mobile phones 8 Useful Tips to Reduce Mobile Data Usage and Save Money Want to get the most out of your mobile data plan? These apps and tricks can help you squeeze out every last megabyte. Read More , but some people might have this concern on Windows devices, too. Whether you have a data cap on your home internet usage or often travel using a limited connection, there are plenty of times you need to manage how much bandwidth Windows 10 uses.


With system updates, streaming media, and games downloads, it’s easy to forget how much data you’re using. Thankfully, Windows 10 has a tool for this built right in. To access it, open Settings, then go to Network & Internet, followed by the Data usage tab.

You’ll see a ring representing how much data you’ve used on both wireless and wired connections in the past 30 days. For more details, click the Usage details link underneath the ring to open a detailed list of which apps are sucking up data.

If you need to check this information often, you can save a few seconds with a shortcut. Right-click on the Data usage entry on the sidebar, and choose Pin to Start to add a tile for it on your Start Menu. The tile will update live to show you how much data you’ve used so far, and you can click it to jump right to the detailed view.

Note that this information is gathered by Windows, and may not exactly match your ISP’s records What Is ISP Peering? Why Your High-Speed Internet Is Slow Do you have trouble with video streams and buffering even though you have high speed Internet? The problem may rest with your ISP. Read More . You should be careful when you approach your data limit, as the Windows numbers might not be totally accurate.

If your network usage seems higher than it should, check out ways that Windows 10 wastes bandwidth 4 Ways Windows 10 Is Wasting Your Internet Bandwidth Is Windows 10 wasting your internet bandwidth? Here's how to check, and what you can do to stop it. Read More .


How much data have you used recently? Is data usage on your PC a concern for you? Let us know if this is a useful tool for you in the comments!

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Related topics: Data Usage, Troubleshooting, Windows 10, Windows Tricks.

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  1. Stu Mountjoy
    January 2, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Around the time that the Learning Centre I look after switched ISPs (from Spark to Vodafone, in New Zealand) we were just having a go with the July 2015 release (and other preview builds) of Windows 10. As we gradually had more of our 10 or so machines on Windows 10, we wondered what (if any) impact it would have on our new data limit (100 GB per month). Amazingly, still only using about a third, roughly, each month. I did have the setting for metered connections ON, but these days have actually turned it OFF. Thank you for your article about being able to check how much or little you have used, on a machine running windows 10.