Why is my broadband usage so high?
If you have upgraded to Infinity,
then you are quite likely to see a sudden increase in your
usage, because many applications will take advantage of the
faster speed, and increase
the connection quality.
Windows 10 warning.
If you are running Windows 7, 8 or 8.1, then Microsoft will be
downloading a large file of about 3GB
in the background, so it can give you the option of installing
If you are on a limited package, then you are likely to exceed it,
and get excess charges.
When Windows 10 is installed, Microsoft willuse your download and
upload bandwidth, to distribute
Windows updated to other users.
A Google search should tell you how to prevent this.
What doesn't count against my download
BT vision including the BBC iPlayer but excluding the iPlayer radio,
(which only uses a small amount anyway)
BT Vision count towards my broadband usage guidelines?
Any data transfer within your own local network,
either by Ethernet or wifi.
BT Broadband Talk
BT wifi and BT FON
the number of people who visit my BT Wi-fi Home Hub hotspot affect
my usage allowance?
If you are getting close to your allowance, then you can always use
your own BT wifi connection, but
it will not be as fast.
See What speed should I get
if I connect to BT wifi?
What does count against my
You need to be aware that both downloads and uploads count
against your usage.
So if you use P2P (Peer To Peer) software to download files, then
your upload bandwidth will
be added to your download bandwidth.
If you use the BBC iPlayer on your PC, or another device, then the
usage will count against you allowance.
See BBC iPlayer broadband usage
If you have an Internet Connected TV which has the BBC iPlayer built
in, then you can reduce the quality of
the video, and that will reduce your usage.
If you are using HD, then changing it to SD will make a big
If you have a Sky box which is connected to the Internet,
then this will use a lot of your allowance.
If you use applications that allow video calls, like Skype, then
this can use your allowance up very quickly
as the video bandwidth in both directions is added together.
Also other video services like Youtube, will use quite a bit of your
allowance, so try to stream in low
resolution if possible, to reduce your usage.
Also, many webpages have embedded videos, which play
automatically, and will soon use a lot of your allowance.
This would also apply to portable devices like an iPad or Android
tablet computer. All WiFi devices, unless connected to
BT wifi or BT FON, will also use up your allowance.
Check your usage here Broadband usage