Set how your internet bandwidth is used for Windows 10 updates

People and companies with metered or slow internet connections hate how much data gets downloaded each month for Windows 10 updates, and how updates can make their internet connections slower. Luckily, newer versions of Windows 10 have a feature called Delivery Optimization, that allows users to set how much of their internet bandwidth is used for downloading and uploading Windows 10 updates. Here is how to set limits for how much bandwidth is used for Windows 10 updates:

NOTE: This guide is created based on Windows 10 May 2019 Update. To find which Windows 10 version you have, read this guide: What version, edition, and type of Windows 10 do I have installed?

Configure how your bandwidth is used for Windows 10 Updates

First, open the Settings app in Windows 10 (press Windows + I on your keyboard). In the Settings app, go to Update & security.

Go to Update & Settings

In the column on the left, go to Delivery Optimization. This feature allows your Windows 10 PC or device to optimize the bandwidth available by downloading and uploading updates from other PCs too, not just Microsoft's servers. To learn more about how it works, and how to set it up, read this guide: Update Windows 10 from another PC on the local network, or the internet.

Enough getting side-tracked, let's get back to setting how your internet bandwidth is used for Windows 10 Updates. Click or tap "Advanced options."

Access the Advanced Options for Delivery Optimization

You see several options and checkmarks for Download settings and Upload settings. By default, no option is checked, meaning that Windows 10 uses your internet bandwidth as it sees fit.

Advanced options for controlling the bandwidth used for Windows 10 updates

In order to activate a setting, check the box near its name, and then set it to the value you want, using the slider beneath its name. Let's take each setting one by one:

  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the background - set how much of your internet connection is used for downloading Windows 10 updates in the background.
  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for downloading updates in the foreground - set how much of your bandwidth is used for downloading Windows 10 updates, while you have the Windows Update window open in front of you. You may want to set this to a higher value than the previous setting so that updates are delivered faster when you actively search for updates.
  • Limit how much bandwidth is used for uploading updates to other PCs on the internet - if you set Delivery Optimization to download and upload Windows 10 updates from and to other PCs on the internet, this setting controls how much of your internet bandwidth is used for uploading data.
  • Monthly upload limit - set the maximum amount of Windows 10 updates that you want to upload to other PCs. The minimum value is 5 GB and the maximum 500 GB.
Setting the bandwidth used for Windows 10 updates

When done setting this up, close the Settings app in Windows 10. From now on, the bandwidth is used for updates according to your choices.

How to check how your bandwidth is used for Windows 10 updates

A few days after enabling the settings discussed earlier, you can get back to Deliver Optimization and check your bandwidth is used for Windows 10 updates. To do that, click or tap the Activity monitor link.

View the Activity Monitor offered by Delivery Optimization

You see reports with download statistics and upload statistics, where you learn how many Windows 10 updates were downloaded in terms of MB, from different sources: Microsoft, other PCs on the local network, and other PCs on the internet. You also see how many updates your Windows 10 PC has uploaded to others on the internet or the local network.

How many Windows 10 updates were downloaded and uploaded

What limits did you set for Windows 10 updates?

Now you know how to control the bandwidth used by Windows 10 for downloading and uploading Windows Updates. Before closing this tutorial, leave a comment below, and share the limits that you have set for your Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet.