Data Usage History
Windows has always stored information about nearly everything that happens on your system and your usage of the internet is no different. Sometimes it can be a handy thing to know which programs and utilities are eating up your precious bandwidth and this week’s Quick Tips article will show you how.
Follow these steps to see the Data History Overview for the past 30 days:
- Use the Windows Key + I shortcut to open Settings
- Click on the Network & Internet icon
- In the window that opens, choose Data usage in the left panel
That should bring you to a screen similar to this one:
As shown in the above image your full internet usage for the past 30 days is shown. The drop-down menu will let you choose between Ethernet and Wi-fi usage. To see a list of individual programs, click on the link labeled View usage per app.
Individual Program Usage History
That should bring up a screen like this one:
I use Waterfox for browsing and Firefox for watching movies– this explains the huge difference in bandwidth usage. By arming yourself with even this limited amount of information you can sometimes see the guilty culprit that is chowing down on your bandwidth. This will be important to those of you who have usage caps imposed by your ISP.
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