How to Save your Data while browsing on Windows 7, 8 and 10 Laptop with hotspot

How to save your data

Read below to learn “How to Save your Data”

Severally in the past, it sucks whenever I try to browse on my laptop using my phone hotspot to share data connection. It got to a point I had to stop, after calling the mobile data service provider customer care line severally complaining of always out of N3,000 in 5 days. Listen again, only 5 days. No downloads, no online streaming, nothing special but just running all my necessary applications, updating my sites and normal browsing everyone do.

I now discovered/realized that it is the background app on my PC that usually eats up my data fast.
Applications such as:
1. Windows update
2. Other applications on your laptop that require internet access

How to save your data

Once there is an internet connection to your PC, everything wants to work. It’s like adding more gas to a fire (applications are ready to go online, make use of your data but just waiting for you to connect the data)

Sometimes, it can be very annoying to use up all your data subscription, especially when you have very little allocated data, in a country like Nigeria where data/internet access is quite expensive.

But, there is a solution: Metered Connection

By default, your laptop is set to non-metered connection (meaning: applications use as much as you can, free access)
The metered connection simply means a limited amount of data, limited access to the data connection. It also means, it’s only applications you run at the moment that will have access to the data connection.

If you have a limited data plan and want more control over data usage on your PC, make the connection a metered network. Some apps might work differently to reduce data usage when you’re connected to the metered network

How to Save your Data by setting up Metered connection

Method 1

How to save your data

  1. Open the Settings menu on Windows Operating System.
  2. Click on Network & Internet Option.
  3. Click on Wi-Fi, if you are using Wi-Fi connectivity. Else, select the Ethernet or Dial-Up option.
  4. Click on the Network you are connected to (the network you want to metered).
  5. Afterward, look for the option that shows metered connection and activate that option.
  6. Done and success

Method 2 (Mostly Windows 10)

How to save your data


  1. Click on the “wifi symbol” on your desktop
  2. Click on “Network and internet settings” below
  3. Click on “wifi”
  4. Click on “manage known network”
  5. Click on the “connection you want to meter” and click “properties”
  6. Scroll down and activate the “metered connection”

Now, you can enjoy your browsing without other applications interfering and finishing your data.

Note: Recommended for most Nigerians

Share your thought and also let us know if you encounter any difficulty setting that up


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