These days, many PC users use mobile data connections or metered networks. Mobile data connections are usually not as cheap as broadband connections and often have a data limit.
When you exceed the data limit, internet service providers charge by the amount of data used or reduce the connection speed to speed that is hardly usable.
If you’re on a metered connection or if your internet service provider has set data limit, you can use the metered connection feature available in Windows 10 to reduce the amount of data used by your PC.
Why set a network connection as metered
When your PC is connected to a metered network, Windows Update in Windows 10 will only download priority or critical updates to save the data. Apps will not be updated automatically and offline files (if using OneDrive) might not sync automatically. Also, the live tiles are not updated by default.
While Windows 10 treats all mobile broadband networks as metered connections by default, Wi-Fi networks are considered non-metered by default.
This means that, as long as your Windows 10 PC is connected to the mobile broadband, it will download only priority updates to reduce the data usage and once you connect to a Wi-Fi or local area network, it will automatically download remaining updates.
Complete the given below directions to set an internet connection or network as metered connection in Windows 10. Note that you can’t set a local area network or LAN as metered connection in Windows.
Set a connection as metered in Windows 10
Important: Make sure that your Windows 10 PC is currently connected to the network that you want to set as metered connection.
Step 1: In the system tray, click on the Wi-Fi icon to reveal the network flyout, and then click Network settings to open Network and Internet section of Settings app.
Step 2: Here, click the first option titled Wi-Fi to see all available Wi-Fi networks and the Wi-Fi network you’re connected to. Click Advanced options.
Step 3: Under Metered connection, turn on the option titled Set as metered connection. That’s it! From now onwards, Windows 10 will treat your current Wi-Fi network as metered connection.
Window 10 might continue to download device driver updates and get search suggestions and web results from the Bing even after you set a network as metered connection. We recommend you go through our how to stop Windows 10 from automatically downloading driver updates and disable Bing web search guides to save metered data.
Make your connection metered network in Windows 10
Step 1: Open Settings app. There are plenty ways to open Settings app in Windows 10. You can either click on the Settings icon on the Start menu or use Windows + I hotkey to open it.
And if the Settings app refuses to open, use our fix to Settings app not opening in Windows 10.
Step 2: In the Settings app, click Network & Internet.
Step 3: Click Wi-Fi, and then click Advanced options.
Step 4: Under Metered connection section, turn on the option labelled Set as metered connection to make your current Wi-Fi network a metered network.
Are you on a metered network? If yes, what’s the data usage limit?