How to set the internet data limit in Windows 10? When you’re using mobile data for all of your daily works, you always have a thought in your mind that you have to finish all of your daily tasks within the daily data limit.
Might be your daily work consists of browsing the internet for information, watching videos on YouTube, chatting with friends, and so on.
If it crossed the limit, you need to get an add-on or else you have to postpone your work for the day which you genuinely don’t want.
It usually doesn’t happen when you normally do work on your phone. But when you connect your Windows 10 laptop with your mobile phone hotspot, you need to be conscious here.
Cause, Windows 10 may consume a high amount of data in the background updating its drivers, software, or the operating system itself.
As you’re connected to a limited data network, you need to save your data for the purpose. Let Windows 10 to consume the data what is essential only.
Here I’m going to share some processes that you can apply and set the daily internet data limit in Windows 10.
Turn on Metered Connection
If you are connected to a limited data network, you can turn this option enabled to more control over data usages.
Windows itself will cut down all the additional sources that are intended to use the internet to update the system such as Windows cumulative updates, virus definition updates, driver updates, etc.
In order to enable Metered connection, follow these steps below.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Network & Internet.
- On the Status panel, click on the Properties tab
- Now turn on Metered connection from there.
Note: I practically experience that, even enabling this option, Windows 10 gets automatic updates on a metered connection. So here I’ve mentioned a few more steps you can do to completely control data usage and also set the internet data limit in Windows 10 2004.
Set the Internet Data Limit in Windows 10
You can set the data limit manually. Suppose, you have a plan of 2 GB per day, here you can set the limit to 1.5 GB.
So at the time when you will cross 1.5 GB in your Windows 10 PC, you get a notification. Now you don’t need to worry about running out data for the rest of the day, as you have more 0.5 GB of data that you can use preciously.
In order to set this limit, follow the steps below.
- Hit the Settings in your Windows 10 PC.
- Choose Network & Settings from there.
- From the Network Status panel, choose the Data usage tab next to the Properties tab.
- On Data usage, click on Enter Limit.
- Choose One time and set 1 on Days until data expires.
- Set the Data limit on your preferable unit.
Disable automatic update on Windows 10
If there is any update available, Windows 10 will automatically download that update without asking you for permission.
It’s really a good thing that Windows 10 does this job to keep your PC up to date with the latest OS version and security patch.
But when you’re connected to a limited data network, this thing will bother you a lot, right? Therefore, at this time you can disable automatic updates in your Windows 10 PC.
In order to do that, follow these steps below.
- Hit the Settings in your Windows 10 PC
- Go to Update & Security
- Click on Pause updates for 7 days
This is how you can stop Windows 10 to download the updates automatically. You can even undo this step at any time.
When you are connected to an unlimited data network, go to this setting’s page and you will see there Resume update. Simply click it, and there you go!
Disable Offline Maps to auto update
Sometimes the Maps on Windows 10 will be automatically updated for when it is connected to the internet. In this way, you will also lose your limited data in the middle of your work.
To avoid that issue you need to disable the auto-update of maps for offline use.
In order to do that, follow these steps below one by one.
- Go to the Settings on your Windows 10 PC.
- Choose Apps
- Click on Offline maps
- Turn on Metered connections.
- On Map updates, turn off Automatically update maps
Disable auto update on apps.
Stock apps such as Clock, Groove Music, Photos, Mails, etc will auto-update when your PC is connected to the internet.
You can even control the data usage by turning off the auto-update of those stock apps by just one click
To do this, follow these steps below.
- Open Microsoft Store
- Click on the three-dot on the top right side.
- From the popup menu, click on Settings.
- From the App settings, turn off the Update app automatically.
These are the few steps you can imply in your Windows 10 to completely get control over data usage. Apart from these, there are a few things that can use your data automatically such as Antivirus software (If you have), browsers updates, etc but not that much impactful.