How to Set and Reset Data Usage Limit in Windows 10: Windows 10 came with host set of new and handy features, one of them is setting data usage limit. Setting Data usage limit on monthly or one-time basis would make sure that you don’t consume or use more than allowed bandwidth while browsing the internet. This is indeed a handy feature for anyone on limited monthly internet plan.
What happens is that we usually tend to forget the amount of data we have used daily. If you have a 12GB plan, you watched a full HD resolution video on YouTube, you will not even realize that you have exceeded your daily internet bandwidth quota. Some people are just lazy enough to check their remaining bandwidth daily.
Now if you reach and exceed your monthly usage limit, you will be surprised with a shocking bill on your internet. To avoid this what we can do is set data usage limit on monthly or one-time quota basis, and browse the internet without being worried of exceeding your data limit.
Microsoft has added this handy “Set data usage limit” feature with Windows 10 that would save you from the hassle of downloading and installing third-party software to do the same. In today’s post, I will show you how to set data usage limit in Windows 10. I have also added a video tutorial at the end of the video.
How to set Data Usage Limit in Windows 10
Note: This setting will only apply if your Laptop comes with a Cellular connectivity option or if you are using 3G / 4G Cellular Dongle to access the internet.
Begin by opening the Settings and then open Network and Internet. You can either reach Settings menu by clicking on Start and then selecting Settings, or you can click on Action Center ( bottom right notification icon), click on All Settings.
Alternatively, you can right-click on Cellular and select “Go to Settings”.
Once you are in Settings, click on Network and Internet to open it.
For the limit type select “Monthly or Onetime”. Now set the following:
- Limit type: Monthly.
- Monthly reset date: 1 or whatever your bandwidth ending date is.
- Monthly data limit: enter your monthly data limit in number. If you have less than 1 GB then enter anywhere from 1 – 1024MB and if you have more than 1GB, enter in GBs.
- Unit: Select MB or GB.
Click on Save to save the Settings. You can view the data usage from past 30 days under Usage data settings. Clicking on Data usage will show you the list of apps, which have used your internet connection of bandwidth and how much each of them has used in past 30 days.
Third Party Apps to Limit Data Usage Limit in Windows 10
Now if you want something more than what is offered by Microsoft’s default data usage feature you can have a look at these data usage limit software.
- BitMeter 2
BitMeter 2 is an internet usage monitoring tools, which allows you to keep track of the data you have used. It comes with a desktop widget showing the graph of downloading and uploading speed. This would allow you to find any unusual activity or behavior in your internet bandwidth usage. You can add a data limit and sort out the data usage by hours, days and months.
- WFilter Free
WFilter Free is the free edition of WFilter Enterprise and comes with basic set of features including web filtering, internet filtering, p2p blocker and bandwidth monitoring of network computers. All you have to do is download and install it on your PC and monitor the network.
NetWorx is a simple and free Windows utility, which helps you to objectively monitor your bandwidth consumption. You can use it to measure the speed of your internet connection, track down suspicious network activity, get usage report in Excel, MS Word and HTML format and support dial-up, ISFN, cable modems, ADSL, Ethernet cards and more.
How to Reset Data Usage in Windows 10
Now that you have set data usage limit in Windows 10, you may need to reset the data usage before the validity expires because you have already reached the bandwidth limit in your PC.
When you set data usage limit in Windows 10, you get to choose when you want to reset the data connection. However, if you want to reset data usage limit before the validity expires, then here is how to do it.
Go to settings, “Network and Internet” and then tap on the Cellular tab.
Click on Cellular tab, click on the current active connection and then select Advanced options.
Next, turn off the ” Set as metered connection” under Data usage section.
Now shutdown and restart your PC and see if the data usage has been reset in your Windows 10 PC.