Tethering your mobile internet means sharing your data subscription with your PC via USB cable, Bluetooth or WiFi hotspot. If you share your mobile data plan with your PC, you need to beware of Windows Update or else you will be left with a very bitter taste in the mouth. Recently, my 4GB data plan disappeared in a matter of days and I was left without internet service.
At first, I was mad at my network provider, Glo. I wondered how 4GB could disappear just like that without me lifting or downloading any heavy stuff. Then, I checked my device’s data usage monitor, and it gave a fair estimate corresponding to the exhausted data plan. My network provider could not be the culprit, so I dropped that line. Doing some sleuthing, I eventually nailed the thief – automatic Windows updates on my PC. This invisible thief had siphoned tons of data off my plan each time I tethered my mobile data plan with my PC and left me high and dry!
You don’t want to subscribe to a mobile internet plan for management during a period when you are tight on funds and have it all used up under 24 hours. Oh no; you don’t.
Modify Windows Update Settings
Here is my tip: any time you purchase or are assigned a Windows PC, go change the Windows Update settings a bit to avoid this sort of nightmare. On your PC, go to:
Control Panel > System & Security > Windows Update > Change Settings
Change the selection in the drop-down menu from “Install updates automatically” to “Check for updates but let me choose whether to download and install them”. Then click the “OK”button at the bottom of the screen. This way, you retain control over when to download and install Windows updates.
If you tether your mobile device to your PC and have been wondering where your data went, you should have a look at Windows Update. In all probability, that is the devil in the details.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.