AutoPlay handles what Windows 10 does with your media types (pictures, music, video) when a hot-plug device is connected to the computer based on what actions the user has chosen. This includes displaying/playing media automatically or taking no action. It may also result in displaying a standard folder view of the contents.

Users don’t have to configure AutoPlay if they don’t want. Instead, they can turn off AutoPlay from the settings, which will result in no notifications or actions required when compatible devices are connected to the computer.

Read more: Using and Configuring AutoPlay | Microsoft.com

The following tutorial demonstrates how to turn on or off the AutoPlay for all media and devices when you’re using a version of the Windows 10 operating system.

How to Turn On/Off AutoPlay in Settings

You can turn on or off the AutoPlay for all media devices from the Settings application in Windows 10.

1. Open the Settings app and click on “Devices” from the Windows Settings menu.

2. From Device’s left side, click on “AutoPlay” and then use the toggle available under the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices heading to turn it on or off.

3. With AutoPlay turned on, you may also click on the drop-down menu under where it says Removable drive to select what AutoPlay settings you want for removable drives.

4. Choose between taking no action, opening a folder to view the files in File Explorer, asking you every time what you would prefer when the device is connected, or configuring storage settings.

5. With AutoPlay turned on, you may also click on the drop-down menu under where it says Memory card to select what AutoPlay settings you want for memory cards.

6. Choose between importing photos and videos from the Photos app, importing photos and videos from OneDrive, playing the media, taking no action, opening a folder to view the files or asking you every time a device is connected.

You can now close the Settings app.

Method Two: How to Turn On/Off AutoPlay in Control Panel

You can turn on or off the AutoPlay for all media devices from the Control Panel in Windows 10.

1. Open the Control Panel so it’s showing the icons view and then click on “AutoPlay.”

2. To turn on or off AutoPlay, check or uncheck the box next to where it says Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.

You can now close the Control Panel window.

That’s all.