In this video tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to stop Windows 10 from using so much data.

Windows 10 was designed to be an always-up-to-date operating system. It is the most data-demanding Windows version Microsoft has ever released. This can cause a lot of headaches for some people, especially with users with limited bandwidth. The good news is it can be easily controlled in the Windows 10 settings menu.

To dive a little deeper into the problem, Windows 10 will normally download and install updates automatically without your input. To make matters worse Microsoft updates Windows 10 frequently. The file sizes are also getting larger, for example, the new Windows 10 Creators Update is nearly 4GB in size.

The best solution to the problem is to set your home Wi-Fi network as a metered connection. Windows 10 will stop automatically downloading updates on your connection, but will instead prompt you. This means you can choose when to download updates.

Note: As of the making of this tutorial Windows 10 doesn’t support a built-in way to set a wired Ethernet connection as a metered connection.

To set your Wi-Fi connection as a metered one, click the Start Menu, then click Settings, and go to Network & Internet. In the Status tab click “Change connection properties.” Now scroll down to “Metered Connection”.  Enable the “Set as Metered Connection” slider by turning it on. For the record this will only affect the Wi-Fi network you’re currently connected to, so Windows 10 will again start automatically downloading updates when you connect to someone else’s network. To set another Wi-Fi network as metered, you’ll need to change the option yet again. Windows 10 will remember this option for each Wi-Fi network you enable it for, so it will be automatically set the next time you connect.

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