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!
I definitely need to conserve data while on my phone hotspot which is most of the time since I travel in an RV! I need the update and sync only when on a nonmetered wifi!
Royce Johnson commented
And how! Most of the world lives where internet data is neither copious nor fast. I have seen dozens of requests and complaints about this and the typical Microsoft response has been ... nothing.
Roel Bouwman commented
Another upvote for this (as far as I'm concerned ESSENTIAL) feature.
Onedrive robbed me of over 4 GB of data Saturday by syncing an mp4 file from my pictures folder over a mobile connection on my tablet while it was lying in the glove compartment of my car.
However, I would like to suggest a solution that's a little bit more advanced than just allowing or denying sync over metered connections. I would like to be able to set a size limit for files to be synced over metered connections. Most of the time, I do want my files to be synced when I'm on the road. I might just need a file that I've created at home the day before, or I need the photo that I just took on my phone (which is automatically uploaded to Onedrive). However, I have no need at all for a 4GB MP4 movie to be downloaded over mobile data.
If such an option would be present and have a sane default (about 10MB/file would do it) large files would still sync whenever you're on a wireless (or wired) connection, while maintaining all functionalitity for smaller files.
If this is implemented and while on a metered connection, clicking the tray icon could show all the files that are too large and for which sync is pending, with an option to sync a specific file by clicking on it and a quick link to the maximum size setting for users that wish to adjust the set limit.
Chris B commented
This is a critical feature need. Without it, using my laptop for tethering is impossibly expensive due to data use. Basically, OneDrive makes it impractical to ever use a mobile phone for a connection, but I did that routinely without OneDrive with no significant cost.
Chris B commented
I have a 3 Gig monthly limit with my mobile phone company and recently converted to Office 365, OneDrive, Exchange. I often use my phone as a hotspot for my laptop (my only computer). No problems until now. In a matter of 30 minutes, the OneDrive, Exchange connection ate 2 Gig of my plan. Had to disconnect my computer from the network to avoid major charges. No prior warning or advice. I have set this connection as metered. Not sure if that will help? This flaw makes what is otherwise a good system a real problem because it makes mobile computing impossibly expensive. I would recommend: 1) Notify customers that due to how the system works, they need to identify metered connections to avoid overcharges; and 2) An automatic throttling system on these connections.
How do I get message off PC saying am on a metred connection , an please keep it simple as in my 60's an not very technical thanks
OD sucked my 5gb lte data volume within 2 unattended hours. I'm paying customer and I want to decide what my computer is doing!
Matt B commented
Bloody fix it already MS!
how to shut down the automatic sync with onedrive??? in windows 10 mobile??? I only wanna sync when having wifi
Dirk Zandkamp commented
It looks like basic plumbing for this functionality in the Windows Desktop client is present in the Outlook 2013/2016 maillcient, so perhaps this approach might be used.
Otherwise, for Windows 8.1 and up the standard metered connection alert could be triggered.
This is ridiculous, a 'feature' unwanted by users.
What is the reasoning behind not allowing total control over this?
I'm just about to disable Onedrive completely due to this.
Graham Keen commented
It would be useful to have an option on "Onedrive" to be able to stop synchronisation on a metered network. At the moment, Windows 10 continually reminds me to Pause Onedrive as I'm on a metered connection, but you can't.
YOU SHOULD BE WORKING ON THIS PROBLEM! I can understand that only few people need this feature. The number is small because most people still use their pc like a old fashioned tower sitting on your desk, even though they have tablets or notebooks.
Those who need it, are waiting desperately for it to come!
That's about as basic as it gets for a cloud-storage APP in 2017! "Thinking about it" is not the way to deal with this kind of request. "Integrated yesterday" is how it should be flagged by the MS team!
Kai Schulz commented
Unfortunately this setting is missing. It would make sense to add this setting.
It's a shame that the community has to suggest and rally together to bring back a feature that used to already be in the product but was one day decided to be left out.
Alexander Geiler commented
Jens Hevike commented
It makes absolute sense to, at least, throttle the connection, to keep the user able to work.
Juergen Hemmer commented
Such a setting makes sense to strengthen the awareness of the user which thereby something happens in the Background.
Juergen Geiss commented
This is urgent because users who sync large libraries on a notebook on the go using tethering with a phone would download gigabytes of expensive mobile data.