Reset Network Data Usage in Windows 10

Windows 10 is able to collect and show the network data usage. The operating system can display the network data amount consumed by Windows, Windows Update, Store and other apps from the last 30 days. In this article, we'll see how to view and reset this information.


To see the network data usage, you need to use the Settings app. Here is how.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Go to Network & Internet and click the Data Usage category on the left.
    Data Usage Overview Windows 10
  3. On the right, you will see the data usage arranged by the type of the network connection: Wi-Fi, Ethernet etc.
  4. Click the "View usage details" to see the data usage per app. It looks as follows:Windows 10 Datausage Per App

There are a number of other ways to track network usage in Windows 10. Refer to the following article: How to track network usage in Windows 10 without third party tools

Unfortunately, the Settings page has no option to reset the data counter. If you need to reset your network data usage, follow the instructions below.

To reset data usage stats for network in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Restart Windows 10 into Safe mode.
  2. Alternatively, you can disable all installed network adapters. In Settings, go to Network & Internet -> Ethernet if you are using a wired connection. If your network adapter is wireless, go to Network & Internet -> Wi-Fi.
  3. There, click on the link "Change adapter properties" on the right.Change Adapter Properties Link
  4. The Network connections folder will appear on the screen. There, right-click every adapter and select "Disable" in the context menu.Windows 10 Disable Network Adapter
  5. Now, open the File Explorer app and navigate to the following folder
    C:\Windows\System32\sru

    Windows 10 Sru Folder

  6. Delete all files and folders in the "sru" folder.Windows 10 Sru Folder Delete All Files
  7. Exit Safe mode or enable network adapters you have disabled earlier.

You just reset your network data usage. Before:Data Usage Overview Windows 10

After:Windows 10 Reset Network Data Usage

Update: In recent releases of Windows 10, the option to reset the network data usage has been finally added to Settings.  To reset it, go to Settings - Network & Internet - Data usage and click the link View Usage Per App on the right. The following page will open:

Reset Data Usage 1

There, click on the button Reset usage stats.

Reset Data Usage 2

You can save your time and use Winaero Tweaker. Under Network\Reset Data Usage, you can reset the network data usage with one click in Windows 10. From there, you can also open the appropriate Settings page to see the current statistics and browse its folder with File Explorer.

Winaero Tweaker Reset Network Data

You can download the app from here:

Download Winaero Tweaker

That's it.

3 thoughts on “Reset Network Data Usage in Windows 10

  1. Jorge Juarez

    I have a litle problem with this, I reset the data usage with this metod but never working again (the data counter)
    Look this: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6jam323FTGLenZsd2MxVGEwUjQ/view?usp=sharing
    How to fix that?

    Reply
    1. Sergey Tkachenko Post author

      Strange. It works here.
      It may indicate some permissions issue with the sru folder.

      Reply
      1. Jorge Juarez

        What would be the correct permissions for that folder?
        In that link I show you the current contents of my sru folder. From what I see are somewhat different from your screenshot.
        https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B6jam323FTGLR3RLZEI0LU1LdlU
        I did a clean installation of Windows 10 CU by the way and in the previous build (1607) the data meter worked correctly.

        Reply

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