Here are answers to some common questions about metered Internet connections. If your Internet service provider charges you for the amount of data that you use, you may find this information useful.
Internet service providers can charge by data used (the amount of data sent and received by your PC). That's called a metered Internet connection. These plans often have a data limit, and if you exceed the limit you might have to pay extra. In some cases, you aren't charged extra but your connection speed becomes slower until the billing cycle ends.
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.
It depends on whether your Internet service provider charges you by the amount of data you use. Some general guidelines:
If you're not sure what to do, keep a record of your data usage. If you find that you're being billed for extra data usage, setting your network connection to metered can help you manage this.
Ethernet network connections can't be set to metered.
Any app that relies on an Internet connection to update or display info may be limited in the amount of data it can download or display. You might notice these and other effects:
You might receive this message when you connect a device and it tries to connect to the Internet using a metered connection to check for new device software. To avoid unexpected data charges, your PC won't allow the device to automatically check for new software when you use a metered connection.
To always download device software on a metered connection:
Device software packages can be large, which may result in additional charges when downloaded on metered networks.
Article ID: 17452 - Last Review: May 11, 2016 - Revision: 30