How to Change AutoPlay Settings in Windows 11

This post shows students and new users how to change or update Windows 11 AutoPlay settings to automatically display pop-ups and take certain actions when devices are inserted or attached to the computer.

By default, Windows 11 will display a pop up and asks you to select what actions to take when you insert a media or attach a new devices. This works if you haven’t changed anything.

However, if something have changed and nothing happens when a new media disc or device is attached, you may have to reconfigure its AutoPlay settings to restore the default behavior.

To make things easy, you can customize the AutoPlay feature to automatically detect the kind of disc or media inserted and take actions based on the settings you defined so you don’t have to always choose what to do when a disc is inserted.

You can also disable the AutoPlay feature so that disc and flash drives are not automatically read or executed. This can help prevent malicious content found on drives from being executed.

The new Windows 11 will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.

In Windows 11, these settings have been recategorized into new groups and sections. We’ll show you how to access and configure the AutoPlay settings below.

To get started with changing or reconfiguring Windows 11 AutoPlay settings, follow the steps below:

How to update or reconfigure AutoPlay settings in Windows 11

Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from its System Settings pane.

To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:

Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.

Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Bluetooth & devices, select AutoPlay on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.

On the AutoPlay settings pane, you can choose to disable AutoPlay settings by toggling the button under Use AutoPlay for all media and devices to the Off position.

When AutoPlay feature is disabled, you’ll have to manually launch media content or external devices when inserted or connected to the computer.

You can choose to leave AutoPlay On and customize individual settings. Choose the type of media that you want to modify select the default action you want AutoPlay to perform when you connect each type of media or device.

These are settings you can choose:

Removable drive:

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

Memory card:

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

These are the actions you can select to happen whenever a particular media is inserted into the computer.

How to set AutoPlay settings in Control Panel

Windows Control Panel give you granular control settings for different media formats. You can fine-tune settings for specific media.

Search Control Panel from the Start menu, then select to open it. In the Control Panel app, select Hardware and Sound group and go to AutoPlay.

You can select what should happen when you insert each type of media or device to your computer. You can configure action for each type of media by changing the default.

When you’re done, save your changes and exit.

That should do it!

Changing Windows 11 AutoPlay setting is incredibly easy. Whether you’re changing it for security reasons or simply trying to automate opening of content from inserted disc, you simply need to set it and forget it.


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