How to Configure a Metered Wi-Fi Connection for an Android Device

By Dan Gookin

Not every Wi-Fi network for your Android device provides free, unlimited access. For example, a metered connection implies that the provider charges you per minute or per megabyte for Internet access. To help avoid surcharges, you can configure the connection as metered. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect to the network as you normally would.
  2. Visit the Wi-Fi screen in the Settings app.
  3. Choose Data Usage.
  4. Choose Network Restrictions. This action might be titled Restrict Networks.
  5. Locate the current connection in the list and set its master control to the On position.

When a Wi-Fi connection is set as metered, your phone or tablet monitors and restricts data access. You are warned when a large download or upload is attempted.