respect metered connections in Windows 10
In Windows 8.1, OneDrive would detect whether the internet connection was a metered (data-capped) connection or not and would automatically pause syncing until it was connected to a non-metered network. This functionality seems to have been removed in Windows 10. Please bring it back.
We recently began rolling out our new metered connection support, which will automatically pause OneDrive sync when a metered connection is being used on Windows 10. Thanks for the feedback!
Rupert Benbrook commented
In terms of what it should look like, I'd go for two angles - automatic notification and protection, and manual control. Automatic notification would pop to tell a user that they're now on a metered network and so syncing has been paused. This would be the default, but can be configured to turn it off. Even if turned off the notification should still be displayed, but saying that syncing continues and charges might occur. In addition manual control would let users pause and resume syncing at any time.
Being in control of when users incur charges using a product is a key responsibility of any product, even if the charges are not directly related to the product itself. Telemetry data only applies to those who say yes to allow Microsoft to collect the data. Given that previous versions had this feature, dropping it without considering the responsibility to provide users with control of their costs isn't great.
Even just the addition of a manual "pause sync" like Windows 8.1 had. This makes me really angry. Why wouldn't I have control of how and when to sync??? Who cares about your telemetry data regarding such a basic setting/feature. It costs you nothing to implement. I need to pause. I am connected via wireless and when OneDrive syncs, I can't even load a webpage!!
You know, I also have a Windows Phone but despite the integration of OneDrive, this one missing feature ... PAUSE ... forces me to use Dropbox or Google. What the #$%^ is wrong with you Microsoft, do you care so little for your customers. Man oh man am I mad.
Windows 8.1 had this convenient feature. When you were on a metered connection, you didn't have to worry about OneDrive devouring all of your precious megabytes. In Windows 10, not only do you need to remember to exit OneDrive, before you connect to the internet, but you also have to watch out for OneDrive turning on again, after a while! Why on earth did Microsoft remove this feature? I guess that telemetry failed to identify people needing this feature, but not knowing it exists. OneDrive is not a millionare-only feature.
Forjo Atinxan commented
Maybe you need to look at the way you gather telemetry.
Bottom line, if Outlook is aware of metered connections, so should Onedrive or ANY product that has the potential to use large amounts of data in the background (any process that can sync).
its useful for metered connections- and for those of us who live where unlimited data isn't even PURCHASABLE (hello from canada), its sort of a necessity. At the very least, it'd be nice to have a pause/resume sync option. I've had to set up a scheduled task to automate this by hand.
The biggest question is, if the metered network thing still exists in settings and options, why remove the functionality anyway?
This is a duplicate with this idea: http://onedrive.uservoice.com/forums/262982-onedrive/suggestions/9092848-respect-metered-connections-in-windows-10
Damon Achey commented
Japheth Nolt commented
In Windows 8.1 I could turn off Onedrive sync when on a metered connection. That seems to be gone in Windows 10. I would like to see that brought back.