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How to save data when using Windows 10

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Learn how to save data while using a Windows 10 computer with these few tips. 


Windows 10 is a powerful operating system from Microsoft, but all that power comes some data-intensive apps and applications that can eat into your Viasat data allowance without your realizing it. Fortunately, Microsoft has made monitoring and preserving your data more simple than it was with Windows 8. Here are some Windows 10 tips that should help you cut back greatly on unnecessary data usage.
 
As with Windows 8, Windows 10 includes colorful start page tiles that consume data in the background, even when you’re away from your computer. It’s important to turn on the Metered Connection settings to reduce the data tiles consume. Telling your computer you are on a metered connection will also prevent the system from downloading Windows automatic updates, which have the ability to use up a big chunk of your monthly data, without your knowing. The exception is priority updates, which cannot be skipped.

Follow these steps to turn on the Metered Connection setting:

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NOTE: Viasat recommends having Find devices and content set in the on position for private viewing.

Installing Updates

Once you’ve turned on the Metered Connection setting, you may want to go in and manually install pending Windows updates. If you’re on Classic, Evolution, Essential and select Liberty plans, the best time to download updates is when you’re in the Free Zone. This is a period of time when the data you use is not metered. Learn more about the Free Zone. Or you can wait tor the end of your billing cycle, when you know your usage meter is about to reset. You can see this easily on account.viasat.com.

Follow these steps to view pending Windows updates, so you can download them when you’re ready: 


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Monitoring your data usage

Log in to view your data usage. If you’d like to see exactly which programs are using up data on your computer, you can check with the Windows 10 built-in data monitor. To check your data usage, you can always visit account.viasat.com.

Follow these steps to view your Windows 10 data usage:


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Optimizing the Start Menu

By looking at your data usage, you may notice that the Metered Connection setting doesn’t completely turn off the start menu tile data. The tiles are still consuming a small amount of data when your computer is running. This is why it’s important to remove any tiles you may not see as useful. To remove tiles you must right-click to unpin them from your Start menu. For the tiles you want to keep, you should disable their live data. This can also be done by right-clicking on the tile.


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By taking the time to do these little fixes, you should notice an improvement in your data usage.  


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