Windows users can set a metered connection that is associated with a data limitation on the Internet. They also can use metered connection to reduce the amount of data used by their PC. Generally speaking, metered connection supports Windows 10/8.1/8/7. Here we will talk about something about setting Windows network as metered connection including the way to set Wi-Fi as metered connection on your Windows.
The reason of setting a network as metered connection
Metered connection has the limitation of Windows, app and offline data update. If your PC is connected to a metered network, Windows Update will only download priority or critical updates to save the data. Apps will not be updated automatically and offline files might not sync automatically. What`s more, the live tiles are not updated by default.
While Windows treats all mobile broadband networks as metered connections by default, Wi-Fi networks are considered non-metered by default. So as long as your 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. Reducing the APPs updating automatically, you will save lots of flows, money and space in some way.
When are you ought to Set A Connection as Metered
You can set Wi-Fi as metered connection in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 with the authority. However, I believe you might also want to prevent Windows from using your flow except when you choose, especially on slower connections:
Mobile data connections: This is about Windows 10 laptop or tablet with an integrated mobile data connection, Windows 10 will automatically set that connection as metered.
Smart phone and mobile data hotspots: This is about you are using smart phone over Wi-Fi — or using a dedicated mobile hotspot device — you'll need to set it as metered after you connect. Windows 10 can't automatically recognize these.
Home Internet connections with bandwidth caps: If your Internet service provider implements bandwidth caps — even if they just limit data between certain hours of the day —you can set the connection as metered in Windows.
Slow Internet connections: This is about satellite or dial-up Internet connection, you can set the connection as metered to prevent Windows from hogging your connection by downloading updates while you're using it.
Any scenario where you want to control updates and downloads: You may want to have Windows download and install updates on your own schedule, giving you complete control over when those updates are downloaded and installed on your own schedule.
The way to Set Wi-Fi as Metered Connection in Windows 10/8.1/8/7
At the first beginning, make sure your Windows PC is currently connected to the network which you want to set as metered connection.
Step 1: Click the Wi-Fi icon > Click Network settings to open Network and Internet section of Settings app.
Step 2: Click Wi-Fi > Click Advanced options.
Step 3: Under Metered connection, turn on Set as metered connection. Now Windows 10 will treat your current Wi-Fi network as metered connection.
Now you finished setting Wi-Fi network as metered connection. Sometimes the browsers will continue to download device driver updates, get search suggestions or web results. You can go through how to stop Windows 10/8.1/8/7 from automatically downloading driver updates and disable the browser web search guides to save metered data.