How to change AutoPlay settings on Windows 10

AutoPlay, a feature introduced in Windows 98, examines newly discovered removable media and devices and, based on content such as pictures, music or video files, launches an appropriate application to play or display the content.It is closely related to the AutoRun operating system feature. AutoPlay was created in order to simplify the use of peripheral devices – MP3 players, memory cards, USB storage devices and others Instructions on how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10. To change the AutoPlay settings you need to navigate to the AutoPlay settings in the Settings App on Windows.

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To get there, please press Start and select the Settings gear icon

Settings -  how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10

If you click onto the icon in the red box, which is the Settings Icon, you will notice the app launch on your screen. More and more of Windows settings and features will be controlled through the Settings App rather than the Control Panel. However, the Control Panel is still used today for other settings for Windows.

Click on Devices from Windows Settings.

Windows settings - how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10

Once you click onto Devices, Click on Autoplay from left menu.

Autoplay - how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10

From the menu, please select AutoPlay for the AutoPlay setting window to appear on the right of the menu.

Autoplay settings -  how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10

From here, you can tell the computer what you want it to do when you connect devices to your computer/device. These settings should save automatically when you select something else. This is why there is no Apply button. However, if you find that it has not worked. Please make sure you restart your computer for those changes to take effect.

Autoplay -  how to change AutoPlay Settings on Windows 10

By default – or what I have noticed – Windows seems to have these set to “Do Nothing”, which is why when some people connect their devices to their PC nothing is happening. Others may look for their devices using the File Explorer > Computer > Device option instead of allowing AutoPlay do the work.

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