At the time of the release of Windows 10, Microsoft assumed that almost every PC user nowadays uses Internet connection by one means or the other, be it via mobile data pack, a broadband connection, cable Internet, or any other method. That is why many tools and features in the operating system require consistent and constant Internet connectivity to keep both OS and users updated with latest updates/patches and news respectively. This makes Windows 10 highly Internet-intensive.
However, at the same time, Microsoft also realizes that for the users with limited Internet data pack might not be happy with the hefty amount of Internet that Windows 10 eats. Therefore, it added a feature of Metered Internet Connection which when enabled, controls the Internet usage and allows only the most essential apps/programs to use the bandwidth.
If you have limited Internet data pack and/or your Internet Service Provider (ISP) provides you the connection with capping, turning on Metered Internet Connection would be pretty useful, and in some cases, economic as well for you.
Here’s a list of features that are disabled when you turn on Metered Internet Connection on your Windows 10 computer:
- Windows Automatic Updates
- Apps Automatic Updates
- Uploading PC Updates to Other Peers
- Automatic and Dynamic Tiles Updates
- Automatic Internet Connectivity and Usage of Many Apps from the App Store (e.g. Universal Windows Platform App)
To turn on Metered Internet Connection:
- On your Windows 10 computer, click Start.
- Go to Settings from the Start menu.
- Go to Network & Internet from the SETTINGS window.
- From the left pane of the NETWORK & INTERNET window, ensure that the Wi-Fi option is selected.
- Click Advanced options from under the Wi-Fi section in the right pane of the window.
- On the WI-FI window, under the Metered Connection category, slide the Set as metered connection button to the right to turn the feature on.
To disable Metered Internet Connection, follow the above steps and slide the Set as metered connection button to the left when on step 6.