How do i reduce data usage on Windows

To set it up, swipe over to the App list, then tap Data Sense

  1. Conserve data while web browsing

Data Sense can help you save data when you're browsing the web by doing things like reducing the size of web page images or blocking some ads. To take advantage of this option, do the following:

  • In the App list, tap Data Sense
  • Tap Settings
  • Under Browser data savings, choose standard, high or automatic. (Automatic is however recommended by windows, which lets your phone decide the best setting.)
  1. Conserving data with Data Sense

Data Sense offers two ways to help you conserve mobile data:

  • Limit the amount of background data your phone uses. Many apps and phone features are designed to automatically fetch info behind the scenes as a convenience (think of an email app regularly checking for new messages, for example). With Data Sense, you can choose when to limit this kind of activity.
  • Reduce data use when you browse the web. Data Sense can also help by doing things like compressing web pages and blocking some ads to reduce overall data usage when you're browsing.
  1. To restrict background data automatically
  • In the App list, tap Data Sense
  • Tap Settings, turn on Restrict background data, then do one of the following:
    • To restrict background data when you're getting near your limit, tap When I'm near my limit
    • To always restrict background data, tap Always


Restricting background data may prevent some things from happening automatically, including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) incoming call notifications, email synchronising, background uploads and downloads, and Live Tile updates.

Selecting Always means that your Live Tiles won't update, and you'll need to manually sync your emails to get new messages (unless you connect to WiFi). So in most cases, you'll want to use When I'm near my limit.

  1. Turn off background tasks

Some apps may continue to use mobile data even when they aren't open. You can reduce your data usage by turning off any background tasks you don't need.

  • In the App list, tap Settings > Battery saver, then swipe over to Usage
  • Tap any apps running background tasks, then turn off Allow app to run in the background
  1. Turn on Battery Saver

Battery Saver turns off some, but not all, of the features that require a data connection. You can turn it on whenever you want, or set it to turn on automatically when your battery is low.

  • In the App list, tap Settings > Battery saver
  • Turn on Battery Saver
  • Under Conserve battery life, tap the option you want to use to conserve battery
  1. Change email sync settings

You can choose how often your phone automatically synchronises emails, or you can sync them manually when you want to.

  • In the App list, tap the email account whose settings you want to change.
  • Tap More > Settings, then tap Sync settings
  • Under Download new content (or Download new email in some accounts), choose an option. If you don't want your phone to sync emails from this account automatically, tap Manually (if this option is available)
  1. Prevent mobile data usage when WiFi connectivity is limited

If your phone is connected to WiFi and can't complete a data-intensive task like downloading an app because of limited connectivity, you can prevent your phone from finishing the operation using mobile data. (This setting may not appear on your phone, depending on how your phone is set up by the manufacturer.)

  • In the App list, select Settings > Mobile network+SIM
  • Tap For limited WiFi connectivity, then select Don't use mobile data
  1. Third party data Monitors
  1. Data Monitor - is a very decent app. It’s good especially when you want to know, how much data has been used on cellular and Wi-fi separately
  2. My Data Manager - This one was actually one of the finest apps in the store garnering 5-star reviews. With the latest update they removed per-app usage stats. Nevertheless, if you’re not much after per-app tracking and need just a good overview of how much you’ve used, how much is left and how much you use off your daily budget.
  1. Extra content

Unlike iOS, BlackBerry and Android, there is actually no way to close apps directly from the multitasking panel window (that you access by long-holding the back arrow). However, you can use the multitasking panel to easily choose the apps you’d like to close. Here’s how.

  1. Press and hold down the Back button on your device. This will launch multitasking panel, which will show you all running apps.
  2. To close an app, tap the one you wish to close. This will bring the app back up to full screen, then all you have to doBack Arrow until the app closes.

Extra Tip: You can prevent specific apps of your choosing to not be allowed to run in the background.

  1. Access the Settings menu and then swipe right to Applications.
  2. Tap Background Tasks, where you’ll find a list of your apps that are allowed to run in the background (indicated by the word “allowed” displayed in red below the app name).

Just select the app you want to block and select Block.