How To Manage AutoPlay Actions For External Devices In Windows

Generally, in most cases, we use external or removable devices to transfer data from one PC to another. The external USB devices that many of us use almost daily are detected automatically by the Windows operating system almost immediately after connecting them.

However, it is interesting that Windows 10 allows us to customize the operating system’s behavior when it detects that we have connected one of these devices to our computer.

So, with the AutoPlay feature, we can decide the default actions when connecting a USB drive, memory card, or any other type of media or device to our computer.

Once enabled, connecting a removable media will force Windows 10 to use the default action, including opening the folder with file explorer, Settings app to configure to storage, or any other action.

How to Manage AutoPlay Actions For External Devices in Windows

So, in this article, we will share a step-by-step guide on how to manage AutoPlay actions for an external device in Windows 10.

1. Open the Windows Settings option, which can be accessed through the Win + I key combination.

Windows Settings

2. Next, click on the Devices option. Then, click on the AutoPlay option on the left pane.



3. The first thing we will have to do in this section is, activate the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices option if it is deactivated.

Use AutoPlay for all media and devices

4. After the above step, we will see two drop-down lists containing the possible customizable options. The first is for the system’s behavior when connecting a Removable drive, and the second is for the Memory card.

Memory card

The first drop-down list, of course, Removal drive, offers us four options, and here are they:-

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

While the second drop-down list, of course, the Memory card, offers us five options, and here are they:

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

Now it depends on you what you want to do. Pick the option as per your choice. That’s it; now you are done.

So, this article is all about how to manage autoplay actions for external devices in Windows 10. I hope this article helped you! Please share it with your friends also. If you have any doubts about this, let us know in the comment box below.

Tushar Subhra Dutta
Tushar Subhra Dutta is a content writer at Tech Viral. As, he writes about Technology, Science, Gadgets, Hacking & Security, Social Media and much more.


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