How to stop unnecessary usage of 3G and GPRS Data by Windows 8

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Windows 8 is made for those who mostly work on Wi-Fi or use time limited data packs, especially 3G. But those who use space limited data packs (e.g. 2gb @ x money), it becomes difficult for them to work on Windows 8 peacefully because Windows 8 uses a big part of it in background and also in foreground and very little is left for us to use. It becomes a total wastage of money to surf internet on Windows 8. Those who use 2G net, their data speed slow down because of the background activities of Windows 8.
So, to cope up with these problems, today I am going to tell you some steps by which you can minimise or even stop unnecessary gprs or packet data usage in Windows 8 or 8.1.

Step 1

You’ll find live tiles in the start menu for the apps such as news, sports, maps etc. which use internet each and every time you connect to internet. So, go to start >>right click on the live tile>>click  Turn live tile off.

turning live-tile off
Turning live tile off

Step 2

Windows 8 updates more than any other version of windows. It starts downloading updates whenever you connect to the internet. Windows 8 generally doesn’t need any driver to run any program. So, you have to change the Windows Update settings to reduce the data usage. Go to Control Panel and change the Windows Update settings to ‘Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them’. You can later on download the updates at once.

Windows Update Settings
Windows Update Settings

Step 3

There are many background processes which uses a lot of packet data (e.g. background software update or download). So, you have to turn off all those background processes. For that, open Task Manager >> Click More details >> Click Services tab >> Click Open Services in the bottom (Services window will open) >> in the new window right click Background Intelligent Transfer and Stop it >>then select Properties >> select Startup type: Disabled >> Click OK.

Task Manager-Services
Task Manager-Services

Services- Background Intelligent Transfer
Services- Background Intelligent Transfer

Background Intelligent Transfer- Properties
Background Intelligent Transfer- Properties
Note: Step 2 and 3 are applicable to Windows 10 as well.

Now its all set. Enjoy Surfing!


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  1. thank u for this great post

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  2. Thanks. I really appreciate the tips.

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  3. I done all process
    But the BITS cause me same problem after login back or start it again
    Plz help me how to completely stop it

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    1. I don't recommend you to permanently stop it. Just stop and disable it when you connect to the internet. But if you want then you can google for it.

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  4. background intelligent transfer.. when you disable that program.. it will interfere the windows update.. but it is temporarily.. when you shutdown or restart it will go back.. the background intelligent will active again.. so that's all :)

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  5. Let me say it in Swahili "Asante sana".
    It means thank you very much.

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  6. What about windows 7 ?? i didnt find the options that you mentioned here to turn off or disable. Please help

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    1. Just click on 'Services' button under Services tab in Task Manager. There you can find it. Alternatively you can go to Control Panel>>Administrative Tools>>Services. There you can stop and disable the 'Background Intelligent Transfer Service'.

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  7. Your information is really useful... but i am using windows 8.1 but i am unable - Turn live title stop. The very first option you have recommended. please tell a solution

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    1. To turn off the live tiles of Windows 8.1 you have to follow the same procedure as directed above. But to turn off the live tiles, the tiles should be live. So just once you connect to the internet and let the tiles be live, then you can turn them off.

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  8. Great!!!!. i worked for me. Not a single byte i am loosing now. Thanks. You are really a Gem!!!

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  9. Another things that we can take care about are"
    any support assistant update / antivirus update

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  10. Hello Nitesh,
    Need help... I have done all the above ,and it works fine, but the data usage rises sharply after 10-20 mins of usage.

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    1. it may occur because of any software or drivers update. You yourself have to find out which application is the culprit. You can even try a data managing software like Cucusoft Netguard.

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  11. This works great. Kilimanjaro.

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  12. awesome article ........... I have been longing this one for over three months, since I purchased windows 10. I have lost hundreds of rupees through unusual/unknown data download. thank you very much

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  13. Thank you. I appreciate you. Hope to get more helpful articles of data usage and computer performance.

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