How-to: Monitor Your Network Usage in Windows 10

Windows Data Usage Monitor

Not everyone has unlimited mobile or land-based broadband. Data caps can still cost serious money and now Windows 10 includes a built-in network usage monitor that is actually a pretty useful way to keep an eye on your bandwidth consumption.

The Windows 10 Network Usage Monitor significantly improves upon the half-hearted and therefore useless Windows 8 utility by including data for all apps, not just Windows Store-supplied applications. The new utility monitors the data usage for all  apps the previous 30 day window. Crucially it monitors only the device you access it on; if you have six connected devices  devices in the house, you will need to sum the total data use for all six to get the total used for the whole household.

How To Check Network Usage In Windows 10

There are two methods to check the network usage in Windows 10.

To view network usage via the Task Manager, access the Task Manager via keyboard shortcut (CTRL+SHIFT+ESC) or type “task manager” in the Start Menu search box.

In the Task Manager, select the “App history” tab; this display two columns related to data consumption – “Network” and “Metered network”. (

Metered network was a feature introduced in Windows 8.1 to help manage data use on capped/paid data connections, largely because the size of Windows Update downloads was breaking user’s broadband allowance.

The Task Manager does not provide a full picture of data usage, however. All the visible apps are either core Windows apps or Windows Store apps. The Task Manager still does not display data usage for regular  Windows desktop applications. Why not remains a mystery.

The best monitor of data usage is in the network settings section. Navigate to Settings -> Network & Internet. Select the top choice “Data usage” on the left hand navigation pane .

This shows an overview of the last 30 days. The circular graph displays data used over different connections, which could be  Ethernet and Wi-Fi.

There’s a drill down option to get  a more granular view  by clicking on the link under the the graph labeled “Usage details”.

Finally we have a data usage tool that works in Windows 10. You might still have to do some work to total up all the usage for all the devices in your home or office, across all the connections, but you now have the raw information that you know covers all of the applications and services on those connections. AJS

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