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How To Track and Reset Data Usage in Windows 11


Windows offers built-in features to help users monitor the data usage, show how much data has been consumed by a particular application, and allow whether or not to reset the data usage.

It seems that you are worried about the overuse of data on your device and want to keep a strict check on your Windows 11 data usage or, you are a parent who wants to keep a check on their child’s online activity, on which app does he/she spends most of his/her time on the internet..

how to check data usage in windows 11

Let’s breakdown what we’re going to cover in this article:


1. Track Data Usage via Windows Settings

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

windows setting app in windows 11
Windows Settings App

Step 2: Select the “Network & Internet” option from the left sidebar and click the “Data Usage” option from the top-right side of the window.

selecting data usage option from the network and internet section in windows settings
‘Data Usage’ option

Step 3: Now, you can see all the applications consuming data. The apps will be sorted in order of how much data they use. The apps will be ranked from the most data-consuming to the least data-consuming.

NOTE: From the top-right side of the window in the “Data Usage” section, you can select the network for which you want to check the data usage – Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

selecting data usage option from the network and internet section in windows settings
‘Data Usage’ Stats

2. Track Data Usage via Task Manager

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Task Manager” and hit the enter key or press the “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” key combination on the keyboard and click the “More Details” option.

press more detail option to see detailed view in task manager
‘More Details’ button

Step 2: To check the data usage, select the “App History” tab from the top bar. In the “Network” tab, you’ll find the data usage consumed by all the applications.

press app history tab to view app data usage in task manager in windows
‘App History’ Tab

NOTE: You can click on the Network Tab and order the applications in ascending or descending order, depending on the data usage.

press the network option to order the usage stats in ascending or descending order
Ordering the Applications on the basis of Data usage

1. Reset Data Usage via Windows Settings

Step 1: Open the Windows Settings from the Start menu or press the “Windows Logo key + I” key combination on the keyboard.

Step 2: Select the “Network & Internet” option from the left sidebar and click the “Data Usage” option from the top-right side of the window.

Step 3: To reset data usage using Windows Settings, scroll down and click the “Reset” button. A popup menu appears, click the “Reset” button again to reset the data usage.

scroll down and select reset option
‘Reset’ option
select reset button again to reset data usage in windows 11
‘Reset’ button

2. Reset Data Usage via Task Manager

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Task Manager” and hit the enter key or press the “Ctrl + Shift + Esc” key combination on the keyboard and click the “More Details” option.

Step 2: To reset the data usage in the task manager, in the ‘App History’ Tab in Task Manager, click the ‘Delete Usage History’ option.

select delete data usage option in task manager
‘Delete Data Usage’ button

3. Reset Data Usage via Command Prompt

Step 1: In the Start menu, search for “Command Prompt” and run it as an administrator.

command prompt icon in windows 11
Command Prompt (CMD) Icon

Step 2: To reset the data usage, type the following command:
net stop DPS & DEL /F /S /Q /A “%windir%\System32\sru*” & net start DPS​.

command to reset data usage in windows using command prompt
Command To Reset Data Usage

Next Steps

We’ve covered how to check and reset data usage in Windows 11.

When you have a limited data plan, it’s critical to keep track of how much data you use, then, resetting your usage statistics in Windows is the simplest method to achieve this.

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