How to set Metered Connection in Windows 10

When your Internet operator charges you based on the amount of data consumed by you, such connections are called used Metered Connections. They may offer you a fixed rate up to a certain data usage figure and after that, they either charge you extra or reduce your connection speed.

Like it was in Windows 8.1, if you set you Windows 10 network connection to Metered Connection, you will be able to save data costs, as some data usage activities get curtailed. Let us see how to set Wi-Fi or a wireless connection as a metered connection in Windows 10.

Set Metered Connection in Windows 10

You can do so via Settings or by using Command Prompt.

Via Settings app

Open Settings > Network & Internet > Wi-Fi to open the following window.

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For the desired network connection, click on Advanced options. A new window will open up where you can see a section named Metered connection. Move the slider to the On position. If you have a limited data plan and want more control over data usage, setting it to On will help.

When you set a connection as a metered connection Windows Update will not download automatically. Now will updates for Windows Store apps. Live tiles will also not update in order to show the latest information. Offline files will also not sync. Some Windows Store apps will however work with a limited functionality in the background, when you set it so.

Using CMD

You can also use the Command Prompt to set a metered connection. TechNet has listed the commands that can help us here.

To see the list of Wi-Fi profiles on your computer, copy-paste the following command and hit Enter:

netsh wlan show profiles

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Note down the name of the Wi-Fi connection here which you wish to set as a metered connection. Here I am using the example of Airtel.

Now type the following in the CMD windows, replacing Airtel-WRTR301GN-8897_1 name with your connections name, and hit Enter:

netsh wlan show profile name="Airtel-WRTR301GN-8897_1"

This will show the details of the selected connection.

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Scroll down till you see Cost settings. Here against Cost, you see Unrestricted in my case. This means that the connection is un-metered or unlimited. To change it to metered, you have to set it to Fixed. Use the following command and hit Enter:

netsh wlan set profileparameter name=”Airtel-WRTR301GN-8897_1″ cost=Fixed

You will see a command executed successfully message and the connection will be set as a metered connection.

You can also make this work for mobile data broadband plans. You have to just replace wlan with wbn in the above-mentioned commands. This will also work if you are tethered to your mobile phone’s Wi-Fi hotspot.

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