How to stop Windows 10 from Automatically Updating

Windows 10 was released in 2015 and has about 270 million users. Windows 10 is widely accepted and used because of its brilliant user interface and easy to use features. One thing I like about the windows 10 is its feature of not having to move to another screen to access some apps like Settings, Movies, Music, Photo, etc. unlike the Windows 8 and 8.1. 

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However, there’s a common saying that nothing is perfect and that everything has both advantages and disadvantages but in the case of Windows 10, there seem to be more advantages than disadvantages. The disadvantage (might not really be a disadvantage to some people anyway) of Windows 10 is its feature of automatically updating Windows.

Windows update is present in previous versions of windows (7, 8, and 8.1) and there is an option for disabling automatic update. One would have expected the same for windows 10 but the reverse is the case.
Whenever you connect your PC to the internet, Windows 10 checks for updates and automatically downloads any updates found. This may not be good since updates are usually pretty large and sometimes we need to manage our data.

However, there is a way out and there are different ways to kill a rat. I’m going to show you how to stop windows 10 from automatically downloading updates and save your data. Take note that these steps I’m about to highlight will only work for wireless connection (i.e. Wi-Fi) and should be set for each connected networks.

Stop Windows 10 Automatic updates



Step 1: Connect your PC to the Wireless network. This should be the network in which you don’t want your PC to update when connected to it.

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Step 2: Go to PC Settings and click on ‘Network & Internet’. (PC settings can be found by clicking on the Windows logo at the bottom left of the PC screen or pressing the Windows key on your keyboard or simply search for it using the search box on the taskbar).

Step 3: On the ‘Network & Internet’ page, select ‘Wi-Fi’ and you should see the Wireless network you’re connected to. Below it, click on ‘Advanced options’.

Step 4: On the ‘Advanced options’ page, click (turn on) on the toggle button below ‘Metered connection’ to set as metered connection.

Step 5: Voila! You’ve successfully stopped your PC from automatically updating Windows when connected to that network.

The above steps are guides to set a network as Metered connection. Metered connection is a feature of Windows 10 that allows you limit data usage by apps and conserve or manage your data. When Metered connection is turned on for a particular network, Windows won’t automatically download updates and other apps data usage will be controlled so your data doesn’t get finished quickly.

It is recommended to use this feature when using a limited data plan like data subscriptions from network providers (MTN, Glo, Airtel, etc.) but when connected to a public Wi-Fi, just leave it off.

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Hi, my name is Kadiri Jude Jhay, the Founder and Editor of JhayTech Blog. I’m a Tech Blogger who loves exploring the tech world and teaching others some tech tips and tricks. I’m also a Co-Founder of MyTechNg Blog and an Author at Jaysciencetech.

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