Data Usage Control

Windows 10 lets you set a Wi-Fi and Ethernet as metered connections

You can now configure an Ethernet or Wi-Fi connection as metered to save data on a limited internet connection using the Windows 10 Creators Update.

Windows 10 Ethernet metered connection

As Windows 10 is an operating system designed for desktop computers as well as for mobile devices, it includes the ability to set a network connection as metered.

Setting a metered connection restricts background data usage for Windows 10 and applications. You would typically set a network connection as metered on a data cap internet connection, mobile hotspot, and on any connection that you want to save data.

Windows 10 has included the ability to set a Wi-Fi connection as metered, but with the Creators Update, you can now also set a wired Ethernet connection as metered too.

In this guide, you’ll learn the steps to set a Wi-Fi and Ethernet connections as metered without workarounds.

How to set an Ethernet connection as metered

If you want set a wired network connection as metered, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & Internet.

  3. Click on Ethernet.

    Ethernet settings
    Ethernet settings
  4. Click on the wire Ethernet connection to access its settings.

    Set Ethernet connection as metered
    Set Ethernet connection as metered
  5. Turn on the Set as metered connection toggle switch to enable and restrict background data usage.

How to set a Wi-Fi connection as metered

If you want set a wireless network connection as metered, do the following:

  1. Open Settings.

  2. Click on Network & Internet.

  3. Click on Wi-Fi.

    Wi-Fi settings
    Wi-Fi settings
  4. Click on the Wi-Fi connection to access its settings.

  5. Turn on the Set as metered connection toggle switch to enable and restrict background data usage.

    Set Wi-Fi connection as metered
    Set Wi-Fi connection as metered

Keep in mind that using a metered connection will prevent some features on Windows 10 and certain apps that depend on an internet connection to work properly.

For example, settings a Wi-Fi or Ethernet connection as metered will prevent Windows 10 from downloading updates, which are critical to keep your computer secure and with the latest features and improvements.

The Windows Store won’t be able to download new update for apps, so you may miss on new improvements and features.

On the Start menu, Live Tiles will no longer update, and some apps may not behave as expected.

Although Windows 10 has been designed to take full advantage of an internet connection, setting a metered connection can come in handy in a number of scenarios, including to restrict data usage on limited internet connections, when trying to block Windows 10 updates, especially on PCs running Windows 10 Home, and more.

If you don’t see the “Set as metered connection” option for an Ethernet connection is probably because you’re not running the Windows 10 Creators Update. If you’re an Insider, you can use this feature starting build 15002 and later.