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How to save data on Windows 10

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SVCHOST.EXE

This is the major data gulper on Windows 10 zapping about 1GB in 30 mins. It is a Windows process responsible for all updates including Windows, Windows defender and other Microsoft products.

To turn it off, Go to Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > search for BITS and Stop the service by right clicking on it then click on stop.

Or alternatively you can use command prompt which is easier. Right-click on windows icon and select “command prompt (admin)” then copy and paste this command

net stop BITS

then press enter.

Whenever you want to update windows again, you will need to enable it again with

net start BITS

SET YOUR CONNECTION AS METERED

This will let Windows 10 know you don’t want large updates and apps automatically download.

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Go to Start > Settings >Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Advanced Options.

Then Toggle on Set as metered connection

Locating this setting might differ on your PC depending on your Windows 10 Build version

TURN LIVE TILES OFF

Those live tiles on your Start menu use a bit of data too–although not much. You won’t save much data by disabling live tiles, but you can do it if you want to save every little bit.

To prevent a tile from automatically downloading and displaying new data, right-click on the tile in the

Start menu, point to “ More,” and select “ Turn Live Tile Off .”

TURN OFF BACKGROUND APPS

By default, Windows 10 keeps some apps running in the background and they eat up a lot of data. If you are not using any of these apps, you should consider turning them off.

To Turn off background apps, Go to Settings > Privacy > Background apps. You can turn off the unneeded ones.

PREVENT AUTOMATIC APP UPDATES AND LIVE TILE UPDATES

To prevent Windows 10 from updating Windows Store apps on its own, open the Store app. Click or tap your profile picture near the search box and select “ Settings” > Disable the “Update Apps Automatically” checkbox. You can still update your Store apps manually from the Windows Store app, but Windows won’t automatically download app updates on its own

DISABLE PC SYNCING

This is one of the hallmark features of Windows 10 and quite useful as well. But honestly, you don’t need to have it running around the clock. You can turn it off and when you do need to keep things synced, you can easily turn it on.

To do that, Go to Settings > Accounts > Sync your settings and turn Sync settings off.

DEFER WINDOWS UPDATES

If you are running Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, there is an option in Windows Update settings that lets you defer the download of new features for several months. This can be significant since new feature improvements can be quite large. This does not affect the download and installation of security updates.

To Defer Upgrades, Go to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update > Advanced Options scroll down a bit and check Defer feature updates

SET “OneDrive” OFF

OneDrive is one of the other background apps in the Windows 10 that depletes your data in no time. Yes, the OneDrive does help you sync your files which make life simpler, but not all of us need that function.

To deactivate the One Drive, right click on the “Task Bar” and open “Task Manager” from the list or alternatively use your keyboard shortcuts, such as, CTRL + SHIFT + ESC all at once to open it. Click “more details” if it’s not already expanded then click the “Startup” tab. Scroll down and select “Microsoft OneDrive” and disable it.

TURN OFF AUTO UPDATE OF OFFLINE MAPS IN WINDOWS 10

Just go to Settings -> System -> Offline Maps . Turn off the option Automatically Update Maps.

SAVE DATA ON WEB BROWSING

There’s a good chance that a lot of your data usage comes from your web browser–you can see just how much by looking at the Data Usage screen.

To save data on this web browsing, use a web browser that includes a built-in compressing proxy feature. The web browser will route the data through other servers where it’s compressed before being sent to you.

Google offers an official “Data Saver extension” for

Google Chrome, and it functions the same as the Data Saver feature built into the Chrome browser on Android and iPhone. The Opera browser also has a “ Turbo mode “, which works similarly. You can use ad blockers as well and avoid streaming videos online.

CHECK NETWORK USAGE In WINDOWS 10 VIA NETWORK SETTING SECTION

If after doing all the above and you’re still experiencing data zapping, then go through this steps to know the particular app suckling your data

Navigate to Settings -> Network & Internet. Select “Data usage” then click on “Usage details”

 

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