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I have a very slow Internet connection and don't want Live Tiles using up my bandwidth for updates.

Is there a way to shut them off?

I've changed the Show updates for Tiles in the settings but still they show up.

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FWIW, you can also set your connection as being metered (if you haven't already), which limits Live Tile updates to 50Mb/month, but also tells your applications to minimize the amount of bandwidth they consume. – Matt Oct 31 '12 at 17:56
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You can disable live update for each tile by right-clicking it and choosing "Turn live tile off":


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The better solution is to completely uninstall the bandwidth-sucking Metro apps. I don't trust them at all. This is ridiculous - these live tiles sucked up GBs of data on my cell hotspot and cost my $25+ easily before I figured out what was going on. – scottcarmich Aug 20 '14 at 1:08

In the interface, you do not have an option to change a live tile’s update frequency. There might be some registry hack to do it.

An easier way would be: To turn off individual tiles, right-click the tile on the Metro startpage, and select the turn live tile off option on the bottom toolbar.



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If you don't want to do this on a per-app basis, you can disable Live Tile notifications, Toast messages, and communications with the Windows Push Notification Service in the following Local Group Policy branch:

User Configuration\Administrative Templates\Start Menu and Task Bar\Notifications

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and here's know to open the GroupPolicyEditor - Also note that this works only with Professional edition of windows. – coding_idiot Oct 27 '14 at 16:42
This setting is available but doesn't seem to disable anything on Windows 10. – JamesA Jul 29 '15 at 16:57

Just right click on the tile and select Turn live tile off

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If you don't want to use the Metro interface with live tiles then you can install Classic Shell which is available at This will remove the Metro interface being default and will default you to the regular desktop with a Start menu.

Moderator deleted my last answer saying effectively the same thing, I think I am answering the question you asked which is "Is there a way to shut them off?"

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Probably because this answer amounts to: "To turn off the bathroom faucet, first remove the plumbing from your house..." – Clockwork-Muse Oct 31 '12 at 16:39
Genuinely do not think it does, because it doesn't remove anything. – Steve Oct 31 '12 at 18:02
Reading Comprehension 101: When he says "shut them off", he's referring to the updates, not the live tiles themselves. – Karan Oct 31 '12 at 18:07
Still... nice to have the start menu back... – Steve Oct 31 '12 at 18:09
But he didn't ask how to get the start menu back. He asked how to turn off live tile updates. – Matthew Pirocchi Nov 6 '12 at 0:19

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