Today, computing is all about going mobile and having 24 x 7 connectivity no matter where you go. Your phone for example is always connected to the cellular/data network, and it may be only occasionally connected to Wi-Fi (at your home, office and such places). With recent builds of Windows 10, Microsoft has made a number of improvements to cellular and wireless connections. Now it is possible to change the priority of connections so cellular networks are preferred over Wi-Fi. Here is how it can be done.
Some Windows 10 PCs have a SIM card in them that lets you connect to a cellular data network, so you can get online using a cellular signal. Recently we also covered how Redstone 4 and Always Connected PCs were bringing more robust eSIM support to Windows 10.
If your PC doesn't have a SIM card, you can still connect to a cellular network by plugging in an external cellular device (also called a cellular modem or mobile broadband device). Either way, you must have a data plan from a mobile operator to connect to a cellular network.
The ability to change priority of the network to prefer cellular over wi-fi is available starting with Windows 10 Build 17063. A special option has been added to Settings. In Cellular Settings, you can now choose to use it instead of Wi-Fi all the time or when Wi-Fi connectivity is poor. This updated Windows feature allows people with fast LTE connections and large/unlimited data plans to favor cellular whenever available and avoid being stuck on poor Wi-Fi connections.
To make Windows 10 prefer Cellular Data over Wi-Fi, do the following.
- Open Settings.
- Go to Network & Internet -> Cellular.
- On the right, go to the section Use Cellular instead of Wi-Fi.
- Select the desired mode from the list.
The Cellular Settings page will only be visible on devices with cellular connections.