Identify which apps use the most data on your Windows 10 PC or device

Do you need to monitor the data usage on your Windows 10 computers and devices? Do you want to know which app used the most data in the last 30 days? If you do, Windows 10 can help. All you have to do is access its Data Usage reports and see which apps consumed the most data so that you can do something about it. Here’s how:

NOTE: The screenshots in this guide were made using Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be available to all Windows 10 users, for free, starting with the spring of 2017. If things look a bit different on your PC or device, then you are using another version of Windows 10. However, the instructions in our guide should work just as well.

How to access Data Usage reports for the last 30 days, in Windows 10

First, open the Settings app. One way to do it is to click or tap on the Start button and then on Settings. Then, press Network & Internet.

In the column on the left, click or tap Data usage. Here you can see all kinds of options related to the way Windows 10 is using the available network connection(s). If you have a laptop or a hybrid device with Windows 10, you can see data both for wireless and cellular connections (if you are using them). Below you can see the options available on a Surface Pro device with both types of connections available.

If you are using a desktop PC with an Ethernet connection available, you will see data only for it.

In all scenarios, you are shown the total data usage on your computer or device, from the last 30 days, for all your network connections.

To view data in more detail, click or tap the Overview section or the “View usage details” link on the right side of the Settings window.

Then you see a report with the data consumption split by individual apps, in the last 30 days, valid for your active network connection. The app with the most data usage is shown at the top of the list, followed by the apps with less usage.

If you have more than one type of connection available, click or tap on the drop-down list on the top and select the connection that interests you.

Now you can see the data consumption for the other network connection.

When you are done identifying which apps consume the most data, close the Settings window.

Which apps consume the most data on your Windows 10 computer or device?

Follow our tutorial on your Windows 10 computer or device, to identify which apps use the most data. Then, don’t hesitate to share with us what you have found. Which apps transfer the most data on your computer or device?