Using Metered Connections for Devices in Windows 8.1

Metered Connection is one of the many new features introduced by Windows 8. This feature is quite helpful in limiting the data usage so that you don’t get shock while billing the data consumed payments. In India, many operators have provided the plan which can be supposed as Metered Connection. Especially talking about 2G and 3G unlimited plans, after a certain limit, you’ll observe that your bandwidth is reduced to a lower rate; this is generally known as FUP limit.

Theoretically, Metered Connection is the condition when your operator charges you with direct proportionality of the amount of data used so far. As soon as the data consumed bypass the predefined limit, the operator charges you extra or reduces the Internet speed. If you have a Metered Internet Connection, setting your network connection to metered in Windows can help you reduce the amount of data you send and receive.

Now let us see how to enable Metered Connection feature:

Enable Download over Metered Connection feature

In Windows 8, you can turn it on from PC Settings -> Devices pane. In the right hand side, move the slider to right (On) for the Download over metered connections.


If you’re using Windows 8.1, you can go to PC Settings -> PC and devices -> Devices. From the right pane you can enable the feature by moving slider to right for the highlighted section (see below image).


So basically, when you enable the Metered Connection feature, you’ll notice that Windows update; apps from store aren’t downloading automatically anymore, plus the app tiles on Start Screen won’t update automatically. For quickly turning a network connection into Metered Connection, click or tap the network icon in the taskbar, then right click the network you wish to turn on as Metered Connection, and select Set as metered connection.


If you have any queries about this feature, firstly go through this FAQs list, if you still have a query, feel free to write in the comments.

See how to set Metered Connection in Windows 10.

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