How to mark a network ‘metered’ on Chromebook

Chrome OS is adding an option to mark networks ‘metered’. This feature is available as an experimental flag at the moment. However, you will be able to use this on your Chromebook in the coming days.

Metered network flag

To enable the metered network toggle, you will need to enable the following flag from chrome://flags:

Show Metered Toggle: Shows a Metered toggle in the Network settings UI for WiFI and Cellular. The toggle allows users to set whether a network should be considered metered for purposes of bandwith usage (e.g. for automatic updates). – Chrome OS

Enable this flag and restart your Chromebook. You are now ready to mark networks metered.

Make a network metered

To mark a network metered:

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Click Network from the side panel and then click WiFi.
  3. Click and select the current WiFi network that you are connected to.
  4. Click the toggle to enable or disable metered network.

I hope you found this Chromebook guide useful. Refer to our Chromebook User Guide for more.

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2 responses

  1. This is exactly what I’m looking for. BUT, I do not have the “Show Metered Toggle” flag under “chrome://flags”. I’m using Chrome build 84.0.4147.127 and the OS reports that it is currently up-to-date (over a metered network). Any information would be helpful. Thanks, Ken

    1. I’d recommend waiting for the next update then. I usually report things from the Canary channel. It takes time for these features to reach Stable versions.

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