Disable Sync Settings on Metered Connections in Windows 10

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If you are using a Microsoft Account to sign in to Windows 10, the operating system synchronizes your preferences between all the devices you use. In order to save your bandwidth, you may want to disable settings synchronization on metered connections.

The various settings which are synced across PCs when using a Microsoft account include saved passwords, favorites, appearance options and a number of other settings you have made to your desktop to personalize it. You can customize your sync settings to include or exclude your theme, regional preferences, saved password, Ease of Access options, File Explorer and Microsoft Edge options, and more. Also, Windows 10 will create a backup copy of the options on OneDrive for enabled items.

For reference, see the article

Turn On or Off Sync Settings in Windows 10

To disable Sync Settings on Metered Connections in Windows 10, do the following.

  1. Open Registry Editor.
  2. Go to the following Registry key:

    Tip: See how to jump to the desired Registry key with one click.

    If you do not have such a key, then just create it.

  3. Here, create a new 32-bit DWORD value DisableSyncOnPaidNetwork. Note: Even if you are running 64-bit Windows, you still need to use a 32-bit DWORD as the value type.
    Set it to 1 to disable settings synchronization on metered connections.
  4. To make the changes done by the Registry tweak take effect, you need to restart Windows 10.

Later, you can delete the DisableSyncOnPaidNetwork value to restore the default behavior.

To save your time, I made ready-to-use Registry files. You can download them here:

Download Registry Files

Local Group Policy Editor

If you are running Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, or Education edition, you can use the Local Group Policy Editor app to configure the options mentioned above with a GUI.

  1. Press Win + R keys together on your keyboard and type:

    Press Enter.

  2. Group Policy Editor will open. Go to Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Sync your settings. Enable the policy option Do not sync on metered connections as shown below.

That's it.

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Author: Sergey Tkachenko

Sergey Tkachenko is a software developer who started Winaero back in 2011. On this blog, Sergey is writing about everything connected to Microsoft, Windows and popular software. Follow him on Telegram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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