Windows 10: Unwanted Apps Using Data

  1. pipmeister's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit 1709 (16299.248)
       09 Jun 2018 #1

    Unwanted Apps Using Data


    Is there a way to stop preinstalled Apps from using up my monthly Metered Data allowance?


    In Settings > Apps > Apps & Features there are several preinstalled Apps listed that I will never use. These Apps use an amount of my Data each month, and I believe that I am not able to uninstall them.


    In the Screen Shot below, you will see an example of “Email accounts” using 11 MB of Data. I do not consciously use this App as my e-mails from my btinterent.com account are viewed via M.S. Outlook.


    Data Usage 310518 sized by Philip Mock, on Flickr

    This is what I have done so far regarding trying to stop “Email accounts” from using my Metered Data:



    • In Network & Internet, I have “Set as metered connection” turned ON.


    • I used PowerShell with the following command in an attempt to disable “Email accounts” from my computer;

    Get-AppxPackage *microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.9029.21675.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe* | Remove-AppxPackage

    Sadly, the App is still listed in Data Usage, and consumes some of my monthly Metered Data.


    There are other Apps listed in the screen shot that I do not consciously use, which I would also like to block from using my Metered Data such as Cortana & Microsoft Edge - if it is at all possible to disable them.


    Pip.
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  2.    09 Jun 2018 #2

    You could uninstall unwanted apps using the relevant Powershell command as here: choose the one from Option 2 or 3 as appropriate.
    Uninstall Apps in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials

    You might also like to have a look at the extensive range of practical tutorials for reference:

    Windows 10 Tutorial Index | Windows 10 Tutorials

    Email accounts on mine shows <1Mb. (I don't use Mail).

    Enable or Disable Cortana in Windows 10 | Windows 10 Tutorials
    (another tutorial) may help with Cortana.

    You could consider using a 3rd party firewall with appropriate rules to block specific apps, assuming that's possible. My caveat would be that apps do not use exe's, so as such it may not be possible to set up an appropriate rule.

    Note that apps are quite frequently updated - so the fewer you have installed, the fewer will be updated, another use of your data allowance.

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    You might want to consider these controls:
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    Looking at this another way- I have unlimited 38Mbits/s broadband, including line rental and (almost) all calls for £25 pcm from a provider beginning with Ta.... you can get lower speed broadband for less. That includes a mobile allowance too.. so if your situation permits, you might consider changing your contract- which would mean the 6 monthly upgrades and large updates following would not be a problem.
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  3. Posts : 900
    Windows 10
       09 Jun 2018 #3

    You are mistaken about what is what.
    "Get-AppxPackage *microsoft.windowscommunicationsapps_17.9029.21675.0_x64__8wekyb3d8bbwe* | Remove-AppxPackage
    Sadly, the App is still listed in Data Usage, and consumes some of my monthly Metered Data."

    That is not listed in your screen shot it comes under "Mail and Calendar" I use that App for mail. No surprise it is listed in mine.

    "Email accounts" 11 MB, This maybe a common component, possibly to Outlook and Mail & Calendar. I have that but don't use Outlook.

    You can uninstall any IObit application.

    "Cortana" you can probably lower that number by configuring it, mine is 35 MB.

    Other than that it all looks quite minimalistic.

    The main use by a large margin is unsurprisingly your Web Browser, you should be able to configure than not to do things like speculative downloading of websites you 'may use' etc. I no longer use Firefox.

    Most of the silly Apps you can right click and uninstall, some may come back on a version update but just do it again. Right click Switch off Live Tiles. They are relatively small and updates don't amount to much.

    In that area of the UK you should have a lot of ISP options.
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  4. pipmeister's Avatar
    Posts : 7
    Windows 10 Home 64 bit 1709 (16299.248)
    Thread Starter
       09 Jun 2018 #4

    Thank you very much dalchina for your expansive reply with all the helpful suggestions.

    I don't think I've come across the Windows 10 Tutorial Index before, so that will keep me occupied for a while.

    My current Internet is very fast, but poor value for money. Limited Data is clearly an issue for me, and probably not suitable for today's computing.

    Regards, Pip.
    Last edited by pipmeister; 09 Jun 2018 at 08:56.
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