Metered Network Connection Warning In Outlook

Cathy O'Neil
Cathy O'Neil Last Updated: May 19, 2022


Software: Office 2010, 2013 & 2016 | Last modified on 2018-06-18


A message appears in Outlook: 'We noticed a metered connection you're on may charge extra. Outlook is working offline to prevent data charges'.

[Solution 1] Turn off metered connections


  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Open Network & Internet and click Wifi.
  3. Open Manage known networks.
  4. Select the network you're connected to and open Properties.
  5. Change the Metered Connection setting to Off.
  6. Restart the Outlook app.

[Solution 2] Turn off metered connections in the Registry


  1. Open Run and execute Regedit.
  2. Open HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \SOFTWARE \Microsoft \Windows NT \CurrentVersion \NetworkList \DefaultMediaCost.
  3. Value 1 means it is an unmetered network connection and value 2 means it is a metered network connection.
  4. Change the value to your preferred setting.
  5. Restart the computer.

Cathy O'Neil
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Cathy O'Neil

Cathy O’Neil is the author of the bestselling Weapons of Math Destruction, which won the Euler Book Prize and was longlisted for the National Book Award. She received her PhD in mathematics from Harvard and has worked in finance, tech, and academia. She launched the Lede Program for data journalism at Columbia University and recently founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company. O’Neil is a regular contributor to Bloomberg View.


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