Prevent extra data usage by disabling device updates in Windows 8

Ovoid unnecessary data usage

If you are on the go quite often and you use your smartphone as a lifeline to connect your laptop to the internet, chances are that you have a datacap — a limit of how much data you can use per month –. Even though Windows 8 has different methods to detect mobile broadband connections and avoid extra data usage like, for example, by stopping Windows Update until the PC is connected once again to a non-metered network. There is something else you can do to optimize your data usage, that is disabling device software (e.g., apps, mouse, keyboard, sound card, monitor, etc.) updates over metered connections. Follow the next steps to learn how:


To help to avoid “bill shock” you can keep device software (apps, drivers, etc.) off the update priority when you are in metered/capped Internet connection.

1. Use the Windows 8 Key - Small Monochrome + I keyboard shortcut to bring the Settings menu, then click Change PC settings.

2. on PC settings, navigate to Devices and at the bottom switch ON the last option “Download over metered connections”.

Metered connections in Windows 8

That’s all there is to it. Now next time you are in an airport or in the park using your Internet, devices software will not be part of your data usage.

About the author

Mauro Huculak is a Windows expert and the Editor-in-Chief who started Pureinfotech in 2010 as an independent online publication. He is also been a Windows Central contributor for nearly a decade. Mauro has over 12 years of experience writing comprehensive guides and creating professional videos about Windows, software, and related technologies, including Android and Linux. Before becoming a technology writer, he was an IT administrator for seven years. In total, Mauro has over 20 years of combined experience in technology. Throughout his career, he achieved different professional certifications from Microsoft (MSCA), Cisco (CCNP), VMware (VCP), and CompTIA (A+ and Network+), and he has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for many years. You can follow him on X (Twitter), YouTube, LinkedIn and