How to Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage on Windows 11/10 Systems

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If you have internet data limits and don’t want to cross them, you can easily manage them using built-in Windows features. You can even install third-party apps to help you manage your data and bandwidth. This tutorial will address this and show you how to manage bandwidth and data usage on Windows 11/10 systems.

Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows

Managing and limiting bandwidth and data will allow you to ensure that you never go over your data plan. It can be costly, especially if you have a limited data plan. The process to do this is very simple, and you can do it quickly. It doesn’t matter if you have a Windows 10 system or a Windows 11 OS. The steps are more or less the same. If they vary, it will be mentioned, so read on ahead.

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Metered Connection

For Windows 10, follow the steps below:

  1.  Use the shortcut keys Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2.  Select Network & Internet.
  3.  Select the WiFi option from the left pane.
  4.  Select Manage Known Networks.
  5.  Choose the connection you want to limit data for.
  6.  Click on Properties.
  7.  Turn the toggle switch On next to Set as metered connection.

If you selected Ethernet in step-3, you have to follow only two steps after step-3:

4. Select a connection for which you want to set up a data limit.

5. Turn the toggle switch On next to Set as metered connection.

For Windows 11, the steps are slightly different:

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  1.  Use the shortcut keys Win + I to open the Settings app.
  2.  Select Network & Internet from the left pane.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows
  3.  Select Properties.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows
  4.  Turn the toggle switch On next to Metered Connection.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows

Data Usage

You can set up a data usage limit, which will automatically enable the metered connection feature.

For Windows 10:

Step-1: Open Settings app using shortcut keys Win + I.

Step-2: Select Network & Internet.

Step-3: In the Network status section, choose the connection you want to set a data limit for. Select the Data usage option for this connection.

Step-4: Under Data limit, select Enter limit.

Step-5: Enter details that suit you, like the time you want to limit the data for and for the data limit.

Step-6: After you are satisfied, click on Save.

Windows 11:

  1.  Open Settings app using shortcut keys Win + I.
  2.  Select Network & Internet.
  3.  Select Data usage.
    Network & Internet Settings
  4.  Select the network type WiFi/Ethernet from the drop-down menu.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows
  5.  Click on Enter Limit.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows
  6.  Enter the relevant details and then click Save.
    Manage Bandwidth and Data Usage Windows

I hope this helps. Let us know in the comments below.

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