Sometimes we prefer to do some stuffs with our computers rather than with our mobile phones due to the screen size. But the problem we have sometimes is that our computers use more data than our mobile phones, which sometimes limits us from doing some stuffs online. Every time we wonder how we can reduce our computer data usage but don’t worry because your worries are over. Below are some useful tips that will help you reduce your windows 10 Operating System data usage.
Set up Metered Connection
One of the first thing you can do to reduce your windows 10 data usage is to set your connection as metered. A metered connection has a data limit associated with it. Setting up a metered connection is your way of telling the operating system that you are facing a data crunch. And you need it to go slow on the data usage. A normal Windows 10 update ranges from 250 MB to 2 GB. These updates consume most of your data. You can disable these updates by setting up a metered connection.
To set up a metered connection, simultaneously hold the Windows and S key. The search bar opens. In the search bar, type Settings. The Windows Settings page opens. Click Network & Internet. Based on the type of network, select the Wi-Fi or Ethernet tab.
Select a network from a list of networks. Turn On the Set as metered connection toggle. If required, repeat this action for the other networks available on Wi-Fi and Ethernet.
Use Data Saver Windows Browser
Generally, browsers like Mozilla or Chrome consume a lot of data in the background which a user is not aware of. Downloading a browser like Opera might help you to reduce data usage. There are certain properties or features in such browser which you need to enable to reduce the data usage. For example, Turbo mode in opera browser. Once you enable this mode, the browser displays the information about the data saved.
Chrome uses a lot of internet data. However, you can download the Data Saver extension for chrome and limit the data usage. This extension compresses the web pages before you access them. You can also view the data used by a website with this extension.
Disable Automatic Antivirus Updates
Most of the anti-virus software’s installed on the operating systems are updated daily. The size of these updates may range from 20 MB to 200 MB. You can disable these updates to save data. You can also use the updates provided on the anti-virus software websites. The update can be downloaded on other PC’s and copied to a pen drive. You need to provide the path of the update folder in the antivirus software to update the anti-virus.
Turn off Sync Settings
It may sound odd to disable such a hallmark feature in Windows 10. You can turn it off, and when you do need to keep things synced, you can easily turn it on. Generally, most of the documents, photos that we use are saved in a “cloud”. These documents are uploaded to OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox.
Hence, turning off sync can help to reduce data usage. You can do this by going to Settings > Account > Sync your settings. Once you reach here, turn off the Sync settings toggle.
Turn on Battery Saver
Turning on the battery saver mode automatically reduces the data usage. This feature disables the push notifications which in turn reduces the data consumed. To turn on the battery saver, simultaneously hold the Windows and S key to open the Search Bar.
Turn off background apps
In Windows 10, the apps running in the background can consume a lot of data. The user might not be aware of the data consumed by such apps. By default, Windows 10 keeps some apps running in the background, hence, it is recommended to reduce the number of apps that run in the background.
You can turn off some of these apps by going to Settings > Privacy > Background apps.
Then toggle off apps that use background data that you don’t need. In my case, it was pretty much all of those apps that are listed. When Windows Updates or new versions are installed, these settings might be reset, so, periodically check it to make sure.
Choose Windows Updates Delivery Method
It is a well-known fact that updates consume a lot of data. However, installing those updates is important for the proper functioning of your system. You can choose the way in which updates are delivered.
To do this, simultaneously hold the Windows and S key. The search bar opens. In the search bar, type Windows Update settings and press Enter. Click Advanced options and then Click Choose how updates are delivered. Make sure that the PC’s on my local network option is selected.
By doing this, you are not sharing your internet data with anyone else. If you select the PC’s on my local network, and PC’s on the internet option, your internet data is shared with other PC’s. The Activity monitor option, when clicked, provides the upload and download statistics. On the same page, you can click Advanced options below the PC’s on my local network, and PC’s on the internet option and set the upload bandwidth and download bandwidth for windows updates.
Turn off notifications
Another area that I notice can save you some data is turning off Action Center Notifications. For instance, if you don’t need to have background apps notifying you of on-going activities, just disable it. Right-click on the Action Center icon in the system tray and select Turn on quiet hours.
Turn off Live Tiles
Feed-based apps such as News will retrieve the latest news and other information in the background. If you keep Live Tiles turned on. You don’t need to do this for every app, but for select apps like Mail, Twitter, Weather, and Facebook, you can keep it on. You can turn that off by right clicking on the Tile and “Turn off live tile”.
Third Party Tools to Limit Data Usage
Lastly you can reduce your windows 10 data usage by checking usage of every app by using the task manager. There are many third-party tools available on the Internet which you can use to reduce data usage. This tools are capable to monitor the internet usage, data consumption per month and even limit the data to a preset limit. You have to be careful while using this tool as selecting a wrong option can result in an unsolvable problem.