How to manage AutoPlay settings for Removable Drive and Memory Card on Windows 10?

AutoPlay is a handy feature that lets you quickly open a removable media/memory card, and even it lets you import files to your PC automatically. In this post, we will see the steps to configure the AutoPlay feature on Windows 10 PC. On Windows 10, the AutoPlay feature lets you decide a default action when you connect a USB drive, memory card, or any other kind of media or device to your computer.

Once AutoPlay action is configured for removable media, Windows 10 will automatically detect, and AutoPlay will launch the media using a default action, including opening the folder in File Explorer, configure storage settings, import images & videos, or play videos.

However, if you have configured your removable media for a particular action, and later you find that is not useful, you can change the default settings to take a different action when connecting a USB flash drive or another media to your Windows 10 PC. All you have to access the Settings app to change the default action for removable media.

How to change AutoPlay settings using the Settings app?

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

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

Step 2. Under the Settings window, click on the Devices.

Step 3. From the left side pane, click on AutoPlay.

Step 4. Under AutoPlay, from the right-side pane, toggle switch to turn on or turn off AutoPlay for all media and devices.

Once the above steps are completed, AutoPlay will be enabled or disabled on Windows 10 depends 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. Open the Settings app (to open the Settings app, click on the start menu, and then click on the Settings icon).

Step 2. Under the Settings window, click on the Devices.

Step 3. From the left side pane, click on AutoPlay.

Step 4. From the right-side pane, under AutoPlay, toggle switch to turn on AutoPlay for all media and devices.

Step 5. 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 folder to view files (File Explorer).
  • Ask me every time.
  • Configure storage settings (Settings).

Step 6. 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 folder to view files (File Explorer).
  • Ask me every time.

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

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