How to Set Data Limit for Wi-Fi and Ethernet in Windows 11

This article will show you how to set a data limit for Wi-Fi and Ethernet in Windows 11 without downloading third-party apps. If you have to deal with data caps and limited Internet, Microsoft provides you a convenient tool to ensure you do not run out of data.

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So, Windows 11 has a built-in data limiter for all types of Internet connections and data usage tracker. However, remember that your ISP might count traffic slightly differently than Windows 11 does. Also, Windows 11 does not disable the connection once you hit the limit. Instead, it will send you notifications with warnings that you are about to exceed your data limit.

To begin, you need to connect to the network for which you want to set a limit. Although Windows 11 has a link to set network limits for specific networks, for some reason, it does not work and redirects users to settings for the current Wi-Fi network. Maybe it is just a bug that Microsoft will soon resolve.

Set Data Limit for Wi-Fi in Windows 11

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing the Win + I keys. You can also right-click the Start menu button and select Settings.
  2. Go to the Network & internet section.
  3. Click the Data Usage button in the upper-right corner of the screen.Data usage button in Settings
  4. Click on Enter data limit.Click on Enter Data Limit
  5. Enter the data limit you want to set for a Wi-Fi network. You can specify one-time or monthly limits in megabytes or gigabytes.Set Data Limit for Wi-Fi in Windows 11
  6. Click Save to apply changes.

You are done!

Note that by default, Windows 11 uses megabytes, so do not forget to switch to gigabytes in the Unit field.

After setting a limit for Wi-Fi in Windows 11, you can also mark the network as metered. That option limits background activities for some apps, prevent automatic Windows updates and applies other restriction to restrain network traffic and save precious megabytes. To do so, enable the Metered connection option.Set connection as metered

If you use a wired Internet connection, limiting data for Ethernet in Windows 11 is almost identical to how you do that with a Wi-Fi connection. Do the following.

How to Set Data Limit for Ethernet

  1. Open Windows Settings by pressing Win + I or another preferred method.
  2. Go to the Network & internet section.
  3. Select Ethernet.Select Ethernet in Windows 11 Settings
  4. Click the Set a data limit to help control data usage on this network link.Click on Set Data Limit link
  5. On the next screen, make sure you have selected Ethernet from the drop-down list above the Enter limit button.Click on the Enter limit button for the Ethernet
  6. Enter your one-time or monthly limit. Remember to pick the correct units (MB or GB).Set Data Limit for Ethernet in Windows 11
  7. Click Save to apply changes. If necessary, mark the network as metered.

You are done!

Change or Remove Network Data Limit in Windows 11

  1. Go to the Windows Settings app and open the Network & internet section.
  2. Click the Data Usage button in the upper-right corner of the screen.Data Usage button in the upper-right corner
  3. Next, click the Edit limit button to change the data limit in Windows 11.Click on Edit limit button
  4. Enter a new limit, then click on Save.Change Network Data Limit in Windows 11
  5. To remove the data limit in Windows 11, click the Remove limit button.Remove Network Data Limit in Windows 11
  6. Confirm the action by pressing the Remove button.confirm the limit removal

That is how you set a data limit in Windows 11 without third-party apps.

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Author: Taras Buria

Taras is here to cover stories about Microsoft and everything around, although sometimes he prefers Apple. You can stay in touch with him on Twitter.

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