Setting Data Usage Limits

Written by Eric Wyatt (last updated July 8, 2019)

Previously, we talked about how to monitor your computer's data usage, and we discussed how you can look at the data usage for your various apps. If you have a metered Internet connection and need to limit the amount of data used, this can be a helpful resource. Along with monitoring your data usage, Windows 10 also allows you to set data limits.

To set data limits for your Windows 10 computer, follow these simple steps:

  1. Press the Windows key and type (without quotes) "Data Usage Overview," then press Enter. This opens the Data Usage tab of the Settings window. (See Figure 1.)
  2. Figure 1. The Data Usage tab of the Settings window.

  3. Click the Set Limits button in the Data Limit section. This will bring up the Set Data Limit pop-up window.
  4. Using the controls provided, set the desired limits you would like to implement for your system.
  5. Click Save. The Set Data Limit pop-up window is closed, and your changes take effect immediately.

If you approach your data limit, Windows lets you know with a notification. (See Figure 2.)

Figure 2. A Data Usage notification.

It is important to note that if you reach your data limit, Windows will warn you, but it will not disable the Internet. (This means you may incur fees from your Internet provider for going over the limit.) Also, it is important to realize that the data usage amounts may vary from your ISP's readings, as they might record data readings differently.

With Data Usage limits and monitoring, you are better able to understand how your computer is using your data. As well, you'll be notified when you've reached the data usage limits which can help keep your data usage in line.

 This tip (1399) applies to Windows 10.

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