I don't have a broadband/unlimited data and I rely on my mobile's data pack for my internet requirements.On one day(Day of my college enrollment), I connected my WINDOWS 10 PC using mobile's hotspot ,half an hour before the time of enrollment. Within 10 minutes, my day's data limit was exhausted with enrollment yet to begin. It was not the first time it had happened. Generally whenever I connect my WINDOWS 10 PC, it just eats up the data in minutes.
So, what are the ways to save your data from WINDOWS 10.
REDUCING WINDOWS 10 DATA USAGE
Set your connection as metered
One of the first things you can do is to set your connection as metered. This will let Windows 10 know you don’t want significant updates and apps automatically download.
In the Windows 10 , Metered connection is located under Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > your connection name.
Turn off Background Apps
By default, Windows 10 keeps some apps running in the background, and they eat up 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 toggle 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, periodically check it to make sure.
Disable PC Syncing
It may sound odd to turn off a one of the useful features of WINDOWS 10.Some users just love PC Syncing. But honestly you dont need it to run all time.You can turn it off, and when you do need to keep things synced, you can easily turn it on.
Go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings and turn Sync settings off.
Or else you can pick and choose some settings to sync, for example, Web Browser should not be as bandwidth intensive as Other Windows Settings and Language Preferences.
Defer Windows Updates
There is an option in Windows Update settings that lets you delay the download of new features for several months. This can be significant since new feature improvements can be quite substantial. Also, this does not affect the download and installation of security updates, and neither does not it prevent the download of features indefinitely, but it’s a welcome stop-gap.
With the premium business editions such as Pro and Enterprise, you can defer the updates until a suitable time. Hopefully, with differential updates in Windows Update, users running the Creators Update won’t have to worry too much about updates eating up their data caps.
Disable peer-to-peer update sharing
To make its update process faster and more effective, Microsoft brought along the option of peer-to-peer update sharing in Windows 10. With this method, Microsoft is able to distribute updates to people on the same network even without internet connection. This also results in lesser stress on Microsoft servers.So, by turning off the peer-to-peer update sharing one can save lots of data
You can turn this off by Settings > Update and Security > Advanced Options > Delivery optimization.
Here, you need to disable this option or set it as PCs on My Local Network.
Disable the automatic app and Live Tile updates
If one particular internet connection is set metered, your Windows 10 PC won’t be downloading app and Live Tiles updates on that network. However, by doing a small change, you can enable this setting on all networks.
To do this, Windows Store > Settings > App Updates.Turn off Update apps automatically and also turn off Live tile.
Turn off Autoplay videos too.
Enable Data Saver in web browser
There are chances that your web browser has a Data Saver mode somewhere hidden in the settings. Normally this feature is found in the smartphones. However, Google Chrome for PC comes with a Data Saver Extension that saves your data. Similarly, the Opera web browser has a Turbo Mode that saves your data.
Implementing these strategies will help you reduce your data from WINDOWS 10.
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