Windows 10 is Microsoft’s most data-intensive operating system yet. With Live Tiles to constantly keep updated and a bunch of network dependent features that run in the background, it can actually use quite a bit. This can be a bit troublesome, mostly if you have a slow connection or have a data cap you need to keep an eye on. Follow along below and we’ll show you how to see how much data Windows 10 is taking up.

How to see how much data Windows 10 is using


To check how much data apps are using in your computer, you can simply head into Task Manager and click on the “App History” column. Unfortunately, this only displays how much data native Windows 10 applications are using, so it’s not entirely useful in that it does not show you the data consumption of third-party applications (e.g. non-Windows Store apps). You can view this by searching “task manager” in the Search box and moving over to the “App History” section. Alternatively, you can right click the Start bar and select “Task Manager” to access the Task Manager.


The best way to check how much data is being used under the hood is to go into Settings > Network and Internet. Next, navigate to the “Data Usage” section.


In this section, we’ll get a overview of what the data usage has looked like for the past 30 days.


For even more detailed information, all you have to do is click the “Usage Details” option directly under the graph. This gives you a better breakdown on individual applications, arming you with information to track down those pesky applications that are using way too much data.

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