AutoPlay in Windows 10: How to Configure it

AutoPlay in Windows 10: How to Configure it

AutoPlay feature in Windows 10 allows you to choose the default section every time you connect a USB device or another kind of media to your Windows computer. After you connect a removable media drive, the AutoPlay will automatically open the media file through a default action that includes opening the folder via File Explorer, and other actions.

But if you do not find this feature useful, or you just want to change the default settings for a different action when plugging a USB flash drive into your computer, you can easily manage this feature in the Settings app or Control Panel. Here are steps to customize the AutoPlay defaults settings when connecting removable media drives.

Change AutoPlay settings from Settings app

The simplest way to customize AutoPlay on your computer is through the Settings app. Here is how to do that

Enable/Disable AutoPlay

If you want to allow or stop removable devices from auto-playing on your Windows 10, just follow these steps below:

  1. Open Settings on your computer
  2. Click on Devices > AutoPlay.
  3. Toggle on or off the switch next to Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.

Once done, AutoPlay on Windows 10 will be turned off or on, depending on your choice.

Set new default actions

Simply follow these steps below if you want to set a default action when plugging a USB drive into your computer:

  1. Navigate to Settings.
  2. Click on Devices > AutoPlay.
  3. Select the Removable drive menu under the “Choose AutoPlay defaults” section, and then set a new default action. You can choose one of four available options
    • No
    • Open File Explorer
    • Ask me every time connected
    • Configure Settings

When you are done with above steps, every time a removable drive or a kind of storage media is connected to your computer, it’ll automatically play, based on your new configuration.

Change AutoPlay settings from Control Panel

You can also use the Control Panel to easily customize the AutoPlay settings for more options.

Enable/ Disable AutoPlay

Do the following steps to enable or disable AutoPlay on your Windows 10 from Control Panel:

  1. Open Control Panel from Start menu
  2. Click Hardware and Sound.
  3. SelectAutoPlay.
  4. Click on“Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option to turn on

When you are done, all storage media and other devices will automatically open, based on your specific settings.

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Set new default actions

If you want to change a new default action when plugging your memory card or USB drive, just follow these steps below:

  1. Navigate to Control Panel.
  2. SelectHardware and Sound section
  3. Click on AutoPlay
  4. Choose the Removable drive menu from the “Removable drive” section to check the new default action once a USB drive or storage media is connected into the computer
  5. Tick on the Choose what to do with each media option from the drop-down menu.

After you complete what to do when connecting a USB drive, storage media devices, it will automatically open, depending on your preferred settings.

You can click on the Reset all defaults button in the AutoPlay settings page to get back to the default settings when you change your mind.


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