Windows 10 AutoPlay Settings – Enable, Disable and Configure

Windows 10 comes with a pretty useful AutoPlay feature by default. Using this you can decide and set a default automatic action when you connect your Memory card, Removable USB drive, and any device like your phone to your computer. You can enable, disable and configure Autoplay in your windows 10 computer by using settings app and control panel.

Using Settings app:

Open Settings app in your Windows 10. To open the Settings in windows 10 1909, click the start button and select the Settings. It will open the Settings app. Then click on Devices menu. Then select AutoPlay from the left side sidebar menu. It will open the AutoPlay configuration page.


You can enable and disable the AutoPlay option by clicking the “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” button. Under the “Choose Autoplay defaults”  you can set the default actions for your removable USB drive, memory card and your mobile phone.

The first device is Removable drive. Under this it comes with options like ” Take no action, Open folder to view files (File Explorer), Ask me every time, Configure storage settings (Settings).” . If you install the dropbox, then it will also show the Import photos and Videos (DropBox) option. If you select Open folder to view files (File Explorer) option, then it will open the file explorer when you connect the removable usb device in your pc.

The second device is Memory card. Under this, it comes with options like “Open folder to view files (File Explorer), Import photos and videos (Photos), Pay (Windows Media Player), Take no action, Ask me every time”. If you install the dropbox, adobe bridge CS6 and VLC media player then it will also show the options like Import photos and Videos (DropBox), Download images (Adobe Bridge CS6) and Play video files (VideoLAN VLC media player). If you select Open folder to view files (File Explorer) option, then it will open the file explorer when you connect memory card in your pc.

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If you connected your phone then it will also shows your phone as a 3rd device. here you can see the options like Import photos and videos (Photos), Sync digital media files to this device (Windows Media Player), Take no action, Ask me every time and Open folder to view files (File Explorer). If you install dropbox, epson printer and scanner, then it will show options like Import photos and Videos (DropBox), Epson Event Manager, EPSON Scan.

Using Control Panel:

You can also set the AutoPlay setting by using the windows 10 control panel. Open Control Panel and click on Hardware and Sound option and then AutoPlay. Here you can enable and disable AutoPlay by selecting and unchecking the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option. Here you can set default option for each type of media like Pictures, Videos, Music and Mixed content in your removable drive.

Using Control Panel, you can also set default autoplay settings for DVD, CD, and Blu-ray discs.

You can also set default for your software and games under the Software section like install and run program from your media.

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