Avoid data blowouts by setting connection to “metered”

Have you suddenly lost your monthly data on your mobile broadband connection … only to find that Microsoft silently downloaded a huge windows update and used it all?

It’s a common problem as Windows 10 has changed the way the go about updating your computer.

Windows claims that all Mobile Broadband connections are automatically set to metered … but this doesn’t always seem to work.

Setting an Internet connection as “metered” is especially important in Windows 10, since Microsoft is now forcing all users to automatically download updates as they become available. You can’t stop this … unless you’re using a “metered” connection. When that happens, Windows 10 will not automatically download updates. Instead, it lets you manually download them at a later time.

Data usage cartoon
Windows 8 Metered

Under Windows 8 settings a connection to "metered" was easy …

In Windows 8 all you needed to do was to:

  1. Click on the wifi Icon at the bottom right of your screen
  2. Right click on the connection you were using
  3. Choose to set it to metered

Setting connection to metered in Windows 10

To start,

  1. Click on the  start button
  2. Click on the  Settings icon on the far left
  3. Click on the Network and Internet settings icon (pictured)
Network and Internet

For a Mobile Data Connection

4. Select the Cellular group on the left (Yes, “Cellular” is American for Mobile Data)
5. then click on the connection Icon on the right (not all the options below)
6. Scroll down to the “set as metered connection” option and click the toggle switch until is says “On”

… You are done. You can always switch this off again later if you want to restart automatic updates.

For a Wifi Connection

4. Select the wifi group on the left
5. then click on the connection Icon on the right (not all the options below)
6. Scroll down to the “set as metered connection” option and click the toggle switch until is says “On”

… You are done. You can always switch this off again later if you want to restart automatic updates.

Wifi set to metered

For a Cabled (Ethernet) Connection

4. Select the Ethernet group on the left
5. then click on the connection Icon on the right (not all the options below)
6. Scroll down to the “set as metered connection” option and click the toggle switch until is says “On”

… You are done. You can always switch this off again later if you want to restart automatic updates.

Switch to metered
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