How to Control Metered Wi-Fi Connections in Windows 8?
Are you looking for tips to monitor and measure your data usage on your Windows 8 computer or tablet? If you want to check and save maximum possible kilobyte, then Windows 8 has the best possible tool for you. Windows 8 has introduced this enhanced feature called ‘metered wireless connections’ which will allow you to monitor and reduce your data usage by allowing only priority updates and patches, stopping download of new apps, unnecessary data transfer, download of new apps from Windows Store, disable update of Start screen tiles.
To activate metered Wi-Fi connections, follow these steps –
- Find the Wi-Fi connection icon at the right side of the taskbar.
- Click on the icon. Find the ‘Network’ tab in the left panel.
- Select the option ‘Set as metered connection’ to enable the metered connection.
You need to configure the metered Wi-Fi connection. There are two ways you can configure metered connection. These are preventing device software download and offline data syncing process.
To prevent downloading device software:
- Access 'Search' window on Windows 8 to search devices.
- Select ‘Devices’ option from the 'PC settings' window.
- There, make sure the metered connection is turned off from ‘Device’ section.
To prevent data syncing:
- Scroll down further from ‘Device’ option; you will find ‘Sync your settings’ option from the same ‘PC settings’ window.
- Check that ‘Sync settings over metered connections even when I'm roaming’ and ‘Sync settings over metered connections’ are off.
You can check which applications on Windows 8 eat up most of the data. For this, you need to access 'Task Manager'. Select 'App history' tab. A window will appear which will display total usage of data consumed by all applications under 'App history'.