For those of you looking forward to turning on or turning off metered internet connections for devices on your Windows 8 platform, you can do so by following this tutorial. Please read on the guide.
Metered and Unlimited Internet Connections
To begin with, you might as well be familiar with how most of the 3G and 4G mobile broadband internet connections come with its own usage limits. And as such, Windows 8 drivers for your devices also has its own usage counter in keeping track of how much data you have used up over the current billing cycle.
Additionally in Windows 8, there are some applications whose connections are metered differently from non-metered and unlimited connections so as to reduce data usage such as fetching low-resolution preview images instead of high-resolution images. This in turn allows for a low-definition instead of high-definition video stream, or a header-only instead of full-sync of email.
Also, while actively connected to a metered connection, the Windows Update feature defers the background download of all available updates unless it is an exceptional critical security update until the time you connect to a non-metered network.
If the Metered Internet Connections option is being set to off, then the device software will not be downloaded when your computer gets connected to a metered connection.
Steps to Turn On or Off Metered Internet Connections for Devices in Windows 8
Now, in getting on with our guide so as to turn on or turn off metered internet connections for your Windows 8 drivers based devices
(as per your preference), here are the steps:
- Start with launching the “Charms Bar” by pressing “Windows + C” keys simultaneously, then click on the “Settings” option. Or else, you can press “Windows + I” keys to open the same “Settings” charms bar directly.
- Select the “More Settings” option.
- This will display the “Metro Control Panel” window. From it you need to select the “Devices” option located in the left pane.
- Now, towards the right pane, you should be able to see the “Metered Internet Connections” option. Once you have it, move the slider below it to the right or left depending on whether you wish to turn it on or off.
- Thus, by turning the slider to off, you can save on your internet usage while connected to a metered wireless network. If you wish to download device software while connected to a metered wireless connection, you just need to turn on the slider.
This successfully completes our guide. Have a great day!