How To Minimize Data Consumption on Windows 10 Operating System

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Windows 10 consume data a lot. I don’t have any choice since I enjoyed  keeping up with the latest and greatest in software. I noticed after upgrading my operating system to Windows 10 in 2016, my data plans were quickly running up in minutes. I started thinking what could be causing this? so this are the few steps i took in other to reduce my data consumption while i run windows 10 on my laptop,

Set your connection as metered

One of the first things you need do is set your connection as metered. This will let Windows 10 know you don’t want significant updates and apps automatically downloaded. Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced Options.

Update: In the Windows 10 Anniversary Update, Metered connection is now located under Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > your connection name.

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Then toggle on Set as metered connection.

Turn off background apps

Windows 10 keeps some apps running in the background by default, and they consume a lot of data. In fact, the Mail app, in particular, is a major offender. You can turn off some of these apps by going to Settings > Privacy > Background apps.

Then turn 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, always check it to make sure they are not turned on.


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”.

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This are few ways you can minimize data consumption while using windows 10 on you laptop, though there are more setting you can turn off to reduce data consumption by windows 10.

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