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2 Ways to Check WiFi and Ethernet Data Usage on Windows 10

How to view data usage windows 10

Sometime ago we posted how Windows 10 users can monitor the data consumed by apps and programs installed on their PC in real-time using a third-party widget. Today, we want to show you how you can view the amount of data consumed by your Windows 10 PC over a period of time without installing any additional software.

There are two ways to check the data consumed over a period of time on Windows 10, it can be viewed under "Network & Internet" and in the "Task Manager".

How to view data used by apps in Task Manager on Windows 10

Windows 10 desktop

1. In desktop, right-click the taskbar and select "Task Manager". Alternatively, you can press the CTRL+ALT+DEL keys and select task manager from the option.

App history in task manager

2. In Task Manager, select the "App history" tab. In the App history are "CPU time", "Network", "Metered network", and "Tile updates".

  • i.) Network: The network tab shows the data consumed by user apps and system apps when WiFi is enabled or when Ethernet is connected. The network data showed here are for apps or programs that have the "metered" disabled under Network & Internet settings.
  • ii.) Metered network: This show the consumed data for both user and system apps when WiFi or Ethernet is connected as well. However, the data showed here are for apps or programs that have the "metered" enabled under Network & Internet settings.
  • iii.) Tile updates: Shows the data consumed by app tiles in Start menu.

Also learn: How to know if your Windows laptop have Bluetooth and WiFi

How to view data used by apps in "Network & Internet" on Windows 10

Windows 10 Start menu options


1. In desktop, right-click the Start button and select "Settings".

Control panel

2. In the Control Panel, click "Network & Internet".

Data usage

3. Under Network & Internet select "Data usage". In the data usage window you can view the total data consumed by all apps via Wi-Fi and Ethernet from the last 30 days.

Data usage details

4. You can drill in by selecting "view usage details" to see the amount of data consumed by each apps installed in the PC.

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