Starting with Windows 10 Creators Update, it is possible to set Ethernet connection as metered. This ability was restricted to mobile networks and Wi-Fi in previous releases of Windows 10. Let's see how it can be done.
To set Ethernet connection as metered in Windows 10 Creators Update, do the following.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Network and Internet - Ethernet.
- Click the Network icon on the right.
- On the next page, enable the option Set as metered connection under "Metered connection".
You are done. The Ethernet connection will be set as metered.
If you set your Ethernet connection as metered, Windows 10 will reduce the amount of data you send and receive through it. The operating system turns off unnecessary transfers while on a metered connection and tries to conserve bandwidth.
Keep in mind that Windows 10 does not download updates over a metered connection. The same is true for Windows Store apps - they won't receive updates if you set a connection as metered.
In Windows 10 versions released prior to Windows 10 Creators Update, you can set an Ethernet connection as metered with a Registry tweak or using Winaero Tweaker. See the following article: Set Ethernet connection as metered in Windows 10.