How to Manage AutoPlay Settings for Removable Drive and Memory Card on Windows 10?

AutoPlay is a handy feature to quickly open removable media or import files to your device automatically. On Windows 10, AutoPlay is a feature that allows you to decide a default action when connecting a USB drive, memory card, and another kind of media or device to your computer.

When enabled, connecting a removable media, Windows 10 will detect it, and AutoPlay will launch the media using a default action, which can include opening the folder with File Explorer, using the Settings app to configure the storage, importing images, or another activity.

However, suppose you don’t find this feature helpful or want to change the default settings to take a different action when connecting a USB flash drive or another media or device. In that case, you can quickly manage this feature using the Settings app or Control Panel.

How to change AutoPlay settings using the Settings app?

To allow or prevent removable media or memory cards from launching automatically on Windows 10, use the following steps:

Step 1. First, open the Settings app (to open the Settings app, click on the Start menu, and then click on the Settings icon).

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Step 2. Then, under the Settings window, click on Devices.

Step 3. After that, from the left side pane, click on AutoPlay.

Step 4. Finally, under AutoPlay, from the right-side pane, toggle the switch. Use AutoPlay for all media and devices on or off for all media and devices.

After completing the above steps,  AutoPlay will be enabled or disabled on Windows 10, depending upon the configuration.

How to set up new AutoPlay default actions?

To set up a different default action when connecting a USB drive or another removable media, do the following:-

Step 1. First, open the Settings app (to open the Settings app, click on the Start menu, and then click on the Settings icon).

Step 2. Now, under the Settings window, click on Devices.

Step 3. Then, from the left side pane, click on AutoPlay.

Step 4. After that, from the right-side pane, under AutoPlay, toggle the switch to the On position for “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.”

Step 5. Next, under the “Choose AutoPlay defaults” section, from the drop-down menu of Removable drive, select a new default action when connecting a USB drive:-

  • Take no action.
  • Open the folder to view files (File Explorer).
  • Ask me every time.
  • Configure storage settings (Settings).

Step 6. Finally, similar to the Removable drive, under the Memory card drop-down menu, select a new default action when connecting a Memory card:-

  • Import photos and videos (Photos).
  • Pay (Windows Media Player).
  • Take no action.
  • Open the folder to view files (File Explorer).
  • Ask me every time.

After completing the above steps, the selected action is applied automatically every time you connect a removable drive or Memory card to your Windows PC.

That’s it for the article.

I hope this post will be informative to you.

Good luck & keep learning, guys.

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