Cellular Data


Most Windows PCs do not provide this capability today, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of the cellular data plan you're already paying for: smartphones can typically be used as a hotspot that lets them share their data connection with other devices. Those shared connections will appear as normal Wi-Fi networks to your Windows PC.

While cellular networks are more broadly available than Wi-Fi, they are also typically more expensive. And most cellular data plans are limited by a monthly data cap (and perhaps an even smaller hotspot data cap), so customers are charged even more if that amount is exceeded. For this reason, Windows 11 treats cellular data networks differently from Wi-Fi or Ethernet networks. Most notably, it will not sync with OneDrive or download Windows Updates over such a network by default. Even critical security updates are deferred for as long as possible.

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