I am using Ubuntu 20.04.

When the time comes to auto-backup for Deja Dup (every night), I am having a notification something like "Backup delayed. It will start when an unmetered connection detected.". And there is no auto-backup if I don't do it manually.

My laptop is connected to my phone's unlimited internet via hotspot (as it does for years). What means "metered" and how can I fix it?

Thank you in advance.

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    Metered connection means you pay by megabytes or gigabytes you download/upload from the Internet or you have fixed number of GB of mobile data per month. If you have unlimited mobile data connection, then the connection is unmetered.
    – user68186
    May 3, 2021 at 14:26
  • @user68186 I have Ubuntu 20.04. The backup target is Google Drive. My laptop is connected to my phone's internet (tethering). May 3, 2021 at 14:50
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    Please edit your queation and put all the new information such as Ubuntu version, the kind of mobile data plan you have, etc.
    – user68186
    May 3, 2021 at 14:57
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    This sounds like a deja-dup bug, something similar to the bug in 2012 and was fixed in 2017. But it is not the same bug. You may want to file a bug report.
    – user68186
    May 3, 2021 at 15:14
  • It looks like deja-dup added this feature in version 35.3, see here and scroll down. I have no idea how it determines a "metered connection" and whether it uses the Wifi settings in the answer below or not.
    – user68186
    May 3, 2021 at 16:30

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Look in your network settings, click the cog icon for your connection and at the bottom should be a checkbox for Metered connection

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  • That checkbox is not clicked. So it means I have an unmetered connection. What is the problem then? Why did Backup software say that I have metered connection? My internet connection is unlimited 4G btw. May 3, 2021 at 14:47

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