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How to limit your PC's data usage while tethering

Ian Paul | Dec. 3, 2014
When you absolutely have to have an Internet connection, tethering your laptop to your phone is sometimes your only option. It happened to me the other day after a big thunderstorm knocked out my broadband for a few hours.

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Disable your cloud

Finally, let's disable any cloud services you may be using such as Dropbox or Google Drive.

For Dropbox, click the service's icon in the lower right corner of your taskbar. If it's not there, click on the upward facing arrow and you should see it in the small pop-up window that appears.

When you click the Dropbox icon, a small pop-up window appears. Click the settings icon in the upper right corner and select Pause syncing.

For Google Drive, again find the icon by clicking the upward facing arrow in the taskbar, then right-click the Drive icon and select Pause. You can also pause Microsoft's OneDrive using this method, although it should cease syncing thanks to the options we turned off earlier in the Settings app. BitTorrent Sync users can also pause syncing by right-clicking its icon and choosing Pause BitTorrent Sync.

Tethering state of mind

Depending on how heavy your web browsing is these three tips can save you some serious data usage for those times when every megabyte counts. You'll want to be sure to avoid streaming music and videos or large file downloads, as well — those can chew through data lickity-split. Just remember to resume your syncing and allow images to download automatically again in Chrome once you're back to a regular Internet connection.

 

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