How to limit Background Data in Windows 10

If you a commuter and you use your mobile phone as a hotspot or you simply have a metered connection then you want to make sure it’s not all used for background tasks in Windows. Windows 10 offers a method to limit background data to avoid draining your precious data limit.

Limiting your Data Usage in Windows 10

Doing this is very simply and only require a few steps. You do not need special permissions on the system to accomplish this.

1.Open Start and click on the cogwheel or start by typing Settings.

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2. Once the settings window has opened choose Network & Internet

How to limit Background Data in Windows 10 limit background data

3. Then click on Data Usage, once those settings have opened look for Background Data and choose Never

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Good to know

  • This feature only limits Windows Store Apps and Windows Features. Installed programs will still do updating in the background, for example; Google Chrome will still update
  • You can also set your Data Limit in Windows 10. Simply follow the steps above till step 3 and click on Set Limit.
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Yuri Pustjens
Yuri Pustjens
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Windows Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.
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