Data usage has been a big issue since the release of Windows 10, as it allows very limited control over Automatic Windows Updates. Besides Windows updates there are several other things in Windows 10 that may cost data. You can check your data usage in Settings > Networks & Internet > Data Usage. This will give you a brief overview of Windows 10 data usage over a period of time.
The current Windows updates (Fall Creators Update) may cause significant rise in your internet bills. But as said earlier Windows 10 provides very limited control over Windows updates, it is not easy to make Windows 10 use less data. But there exist few smart tricks to stop Windows 10 from using so much data.
Let’s have a look at “3 quick ways to stop Windows 10 from using much data”:
1. Set your Connection as Metered
First quick way to lower your Windows 10 data usage is to set your internet connection as metered connection. This will keep Windows 10 from downloading each and every update. After setting you internet connection as Metered connection, Windows 10 will only download necessary updates to keep your Windows 10 running smoothly and securely. Critical Windows updates or Defender updates will be downloaded automatically with showing any notification to user while Windows may notify the user before downloading any additional update. To setup your network connection as Metered, head to Settings > Network & Internet > Status and click on Change connection properties. On the next settings page, turn the switch under Metered Connection on.
2. Turn off Auto-update Apps in Store and Live Tiles on Start Menu
Second quick way to reduce Windows 10 data usage is to disable automatic updating of Windows 10 apps and disabling Live tiles on Windows 10 start menu. Windows 10, in background, keeps updating Windows Apps automatically and you never know how much data is has been consuming with letting you know unless you dig it up yourself. Besides Windows Store Apps auto updates, Live tiles on Windows 10 start menu also keep their tiles updated. This also consumes you valuable internet data. By disabling both of these, you can save a good fraction of you internet data.
To turn of Windows Store Auto Updates off, open Store app and click on 3 vertical dots in top-right corner and select Settings. In Settings, you can turn Automatic updates off.
Now, to turn Live tiles on Start menu off, head to Start Menu and right-click on the tile for which you want to turn Live tile off. From the popped options, hover over More and select Turn Live Tile Off.
3. Turn off Windows Automatic Updates
Third and most effective yet not RECOMMENDED way to stop Windows 10 from using so much data is to disable Windows 10’s automatic updates. But be warned, this will leave your Windows 10 vulnerable to security and stability risks. Windows 10 itself doesn’t allow disabling Windows updates completely, you can just postpone them for a limited period of time. But if you are certain about disabling Windows 10 Automatic Updates and you know what you are doing, you can check following tutorial about disabling Windows 10 Automatic updates.
If you follow above guidelines properly, your Windows 10 data usage will be reduced up to a great extent. But to save more data, you have to improve your browsing habits also. You can turn-on data saver in your browser. Most of the browsers these days have built in Data Saver that compress the webpage before downloading it. It saves around 80% browsing data. You can also try disabling apps from running in background and keep using data. Hopefully your high data usage of Windows 10 would be solved by following above quick tips. Enjoy, have fun!