How to Track Internet Data Usage on Windows 11

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Although the majority of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) give you unlimited Internet access (as long as you don’t overdo it), you may still come across services that offer a limited amount of data each month, such as businesses. that provide mobile hotspots.

If you happen to be using a capped data plan, you should use the “Data Usage” feature offered by Windows 11. The feature was designed to monitor connection data usage for a specified cycle. It also includes an option to configure limits to get warnings to make sure you don’t exceed the data allocation.

In this Windows 11 guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to get started setting up and using the Data Usage feature to control your internet data usage and avoid additional charges.

How to view data usage on Windows 11

To see the data usage of network adapters configured on Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Source: Windows Central

    Quick advice: You can also access the settings page by clicking on the button Data usage on the right side of the network card, which also summarizes the last 30 days of using that particular card.

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right, for example, Ethernet.
  6. Confirm the total data usage in the upper left corner for the last 30 days.

    Data usage historySource: Windows Central

  7. View usage statistics for each application.

Once you have completed these steps, you will have access to usage statistics to know the total data usage per network card and which applications are using the most data.

How to reset data usage on Windows 11

Since data usage is enabled by default, you will need to reset the usage history if you want to start a new data usage counter.

To reset data history, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Open advanced network settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right.
  6. Click it Reset button at the bottom of the page.

    Reset data usage Source: Windows Central

Once these steps are completed, the history information will be reset on the device, starting a new account.

How to configure the data usage limit on Windows 11

Windows 11 allows you to configure data usage limits to receive alerts as you approach the data limit for a limited Internet plan. After you configure the feature, you can view the remaining data, change the configuration, or remove the limit.

To configure a data usage limit on your Windows 11 laptop or desktop, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Open advanced network settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right.
  6. Click it Enter the limit button.

    Enable data usageSource: Windows Central

  7. Choose the type of limit – for example, Monthly. Other options include “Once” or “Unlimited”.

    Set a new data limit on Windows 11Source: Windows Central

  8. If you have chosen the “Monthly” option, the following parameters will be available:

    • Monthly reset date – Specifies when data usage should be reset automatically. If you need to control a data plan, you want to specify the first day of the billing cycle.
    • Data limit – Specifies the data allocation.
    • Unity – Specifies the data limit unit, such as megabytes (MB) and gigabytes (GB).
  9. Click it To safeguard button.

After completing these steps, the system will continue to monitor the data usage and send you a warning when you start to reach the limit so that you can take action accordingly.

Examine the remaining data

To examine the remaining data for the cycle you configured, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Open advanced network settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right.
  6. Confirm remaining data and current usage.

    Remaining data limitSource: Windows Central

  7. (Optional) Activate the Measured connection toggle switch if you run out of data and need to optimize the remaining allocation.

After you complete these steps, you will know the remaining data allocation. In addition, if you enable the metered connection function, the system and some applications will adjust their settings to save the data. For example, Windows 11 will no longer download and install maintenance and feature updates, and the Microsoft Store will suspend updates for apps. Additionally, if you are using OneDrive, the client will stop syncing your files until you turn off limited connection.

Change the data limit

To change the data limit configuration, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Open advanced network settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right.
  6. Click it Modification limit button.

    Change the data limitSource: Windows Central

  7. Confirm the new limit settings.

    Change the data limit on Windows 11Source: Windows Central

  8. Click it To safeguard button.

Once these steps are completed, the feature will continue to monitor usage with the new configuration.

Remove data limit

To remove a data limit configuration in Windows 11, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Click on Network and Internet.
  3. Click it Advanced network settings page on the right side.

    Open advanced network settingsSource: Windows Central

  4. In the “More settings” section, click the button Data usage setting.

    Use of open dataSource: Windows Central

  5. (Optional) Select the network adapter using the setting at the top right.
  6. Click it Remove limit button.

    Windows 11 Remove data limitSource: Windows Central

  7. Click it To delete button.

After completing these steps, you will no longer receive any warnings, but the feature will continue to monitor data usage.

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