Windows Users: Don’t be a Victim of Costly Telecom Billing. Here’s How to limit Your Windows Data Connection When Tethering

You are in need to connect your Windows machine (be it a laptop, desktop or anything) and you don’t have another choice other than using your smartphone / wireless Wi-Fi pocket router with its limited data. Have you ever been on that situation? Or are you currently in that situation?

While connecting – or should I say tethering – your Windows machine to your smartphone or to pocket Wi-Fi router is totally fine, but don’t forget that unlike Wi-Fi connection you have at your home/office which is unlimited, normally smartphone and pocket Wi-Fi router doesn’t come with unlimited data. And that’s the reason for my writing here. To let you know how to do it (limiting) to avoid crazy expensive billings being charged to you by your telecom company.

If you are using your Windows machine over a limited internet connection, do consider to set Windows Wi-Fi connected to a Metered connection. Below I’ll show you how you can do it.

Setting Up Metered Connection on Windows Machine

The steps below are tested on Windows 10. Other version of Windows, they could appear under slightly different menu.

1) On Windows machine, head over to Wi-Fi settings on the taskbar (normally below), click on the Wi-Fi icon.

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Setting up Wi-Fi as Metered Connection on Windows: Go to Wi-Fi Properties,

2) On your connected Wi-Fi, click “Properties” to open its properties page.

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Setting up Wi-Fi as Metered Connection on Windows: Set as Metered Connection

3) On the opened Settings page, scroll down until you find “Metered Connection”.

4) Turn “Set as Metered Connection” to ON to limit the data usage.

5) To go even further to limit the data usage, click on “Set a data limit to help control data usage on this network”.

6) You will be able to see the current data usage, setting the limit and options for background data.

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Under Data Usage, check your current usage, limit Background Data and Set limit to your Wi-Fi internet connection

7) Now, scroll down until you find “Data limit”, and click on “Set limit”.

8) On the pop-up window, choose the limit type (either monthly, one time or unlimited), and depends on your choice, choose the monthly reset date/days until data expires, choose the data limit (any numbers) and unit (GB or MB). Click “Save” once done.

Under Data Usage, check your current usage, limit Background Data and Set limit to your Wi-Fi internet connection
Setting up Wi-Fi as Metered Connection on Windows: Set Data Limit

For this test, I’m choosing “Monthly” as the limit type, and set “1” as the monthly reset date, and put “1 GB” as my data limit.

Setting up Wi-Fi as Metered Connection on Windows: Now you can check your remaining data limit
Setting up Wi-Fi as Metered Connection on Windows: Now you can check your remaining data limit

9) On the Data usage window, you can see the total data has been used so far and the remaining balance (if you put the data limit).

 


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What happen when the data limit on Windows Metered Connection is reached?

Be warned: It’s still running and consuming your data!

Will the internet stop working? Turn out it’s not. Your internet will still work they way they are before. However you’ll get a pop-up, telling “You’ve reached your Wi-Fi data limit”.

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You’ll get: “You have reached your Wi-Fi data limit” once pass the limit set

What to do then, if you have reached the tethered Wi-Fi data limit and the internet is still running? Yes, you have to stop it. Otherwise likely you’ll need to pay for those extra charges.

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You’ll get this message under Data Usage if you have surpassed your set limit

Here’s how you can turn off your Windows Wi-Fi:

1) Go to Windows taskbar, click on the “Wi-Fi” icon.

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Disconnect from your Wi-Fi if you have surpassed your Internet quota

2) Select the Wi-Fi connection you are connected to, click “Disconnect” to disconnect from it.

By right you’ll get disconnected and won’t be connected again (since you have manually disconnected it), but just in case you are worry that somehow it gets connected again to the same out-of-limit Wi-Fi, you can choose to “Forget” it, simply by doing right click on the Wi-Fi connection, then choose “Forget”. Next time you have the internet quota, you can just simply re-key-in the password.

That should be it!

Don’t make yourself be a victim of crazy costly telecom billing. Act now! Limit your tethered connection on Windows machine!


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