How To Enable/Disable Metered Connection In Windows 8

Windows 8 has introduced a categorization of Internet connections. Now there are two types of connections: a metered connection and a non-metered connection. A metered connection is the one is charged by the amount of data used (downloaded and uploaded) by the Internet Service Providers. A non-metered connection is the regular connection which does not put any restriction on the data usage from the Internet Service Provider.

Metered and non-metered connections

Windows 8 tries to differentiate between two connections automatically. If you are connecting using a mobile broad band networks like 3G, 4G, EDGE and GPRS connection, Windows 8 will automatically label it as a metered connection. If you are using Microsoft Outlook 2013, you will see a clear message that you are using a metered connection. You will need to confirm if Outlook can use the data connection to download all the emails. Otherwise it will work in offline mode.

Outlook metered network warning

By default, the wi-fi networks are labeled as non-metered automatically by Windows. You can change this setting for each Internet connection in your Windows 8 computer.

Please note that only wireless connections can be set as metered or non-metered. The wired connections like ethernet connections will always be non-metered and this setting cannot be changed.

Changing non-metered connection to metered network or vise versa

There are times when a user will want to cap a connection over data usage or make a mobile connection as non-metered. To change the metered connection settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Connect to the network for which you want to change the settings.
  2. Click on the Network symbol in the system tray.
  3. Right-click your desired connection and select “Set as metered connection”.
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  4. This will apply metered connection restrictions in Windows 8 when that network connection is active.

Microsoft has a lot of FAQs about metered connections. You can go through the points noted in the FAQ article for more details.