How To Monitor Your Internet Usage in Windows 10

Many users don’t monitor their network usage because, in many cases, Internet Service Providers offer unlimited data plans.And because of that, the majority of the users don’t really know anything about the amount of data traveling in and out of their computers. However, there are also users that don’t rely on unlimited data plans, and instead have metered Internet connections. If that’s the case for you, or if you just want to keep track of your data flow (for security reasons, or even just for fun), then you should read this article, as we will show you how to monitor your internet usage in Windows 10 and 8.1.

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How To Monitor Your Internet Usage in Windows 10

There are two ways in which you can monitor your network usage in Windows 10:

  • Check your network usage from the Task Manager.

In order to do that press the Ctrl + Shift + Escape keys on your keyboard to open theTask Manager window. Then, click or tap on the App history tab.

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The App history tab show information about the amount of data consumed by each app. However, it shows you the data usage only for the Windows Store and the Windows core apps.

  • Check your network usage from the Settings app.

The second method to view your network data usage relies on the Settings app. The easyest way to open the Settings window is to press the Windows + I keys on your keyboard. However, there are also other methods you can use to launch Settings, and you can find them all here.

Once the Settings window is opened, click or tap on Network & Internet to go to the network related settings.

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Now click or tap on the Data Usage button in the left column. On the right side of the window, you will see how much data you have used via your internet connection (Wi-Fi, Ethernet) in the past month.

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For detailed information about the data usage click or tap on Usage details.

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Here you will see exactly how much data every app has consumed in the last month, even the apps that were missing from Task Manager.

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How To Monitor Your Internet Usage in Windows 8.1

There are two ways in which you can monitor your network usage in Windows 8.1:

  • Check your network usage from the Task Manager.

The first method is to view your network usage from Task Manager. The fastest way to open Task Manager is by pressing Ctrl + Shift + Escape on your keyboard.

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Here you can see the amount of data used by each individual app. In the given list, you will be able to track only the Windows Store and Windows core apps.

  • Check your network usage from the Networks panel.

If you are not interested to see the amount of data consumed by each app, you can check out the overall network usage. In order to do that click or tap on the network icon in the system tray located in the right bottom corner of the Desktop, to open theNetworks panel.

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In the Networks panel find the connection you are using. Then, right click on your network and click or tap on Set as metered connection. If this option is already done, move to the next step.

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Now, right click on your network again, but this time around click or tap on Show estimated data usage.

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This will show you the overall amount of data used by this network, but just that. The network usage is measured by Windows and it isn’t 100% accurate. It’s called “estimated” for a reason.

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