Windows 10 Autoplay Settings
Windows 10 Autoplay Settings

Windows 10 Top Tip: Manage AutoPlay Actions for External Devices

Windows 10  has leaped forward in the way you are able to customise AutoPlay settings for external devices that you connect to your PC.  And although previous versions of Windows allowed change the setting it only offered limited choices, Windows 10 gives you stacks of options that you can change at any time.

AutoPlay Settings

Controling AutoPlay Options in Windows 10

When you plug a device into your Windows 10 PC, i.e. an SD card,  mobile phone or tablet (iPad), the AutoPlay menu appears and asks how you want Windows to handle that specific device. (of course you still get the familiar bling-da-da-bling noise) If you don’t want this popping up all the time, you can disable it, or set each device to do what you want every time it’s connected.


To find the AutoPlay options, go to:  Settings > Devices > AutoPlay. Or if you have “Hey Cortana” enabled just say:“Hey Cortana. Launch AutoPlay” .


Here you have several settings that let you choose what happens when you plug in your devices. But first, if you want to just turn AutoPlay off, just flip the switch at the top to Off.


To manage what Windows 10 does with each device when you plug it in, simply select what you want it to do with each of your listed devices.


It’s also worth noting that you can still get to the traditional Control Panel version. That will allow you to set what happens for media types as well as devices. It, of course, also lets you turn off AutoPlay completely.

To launch it, just type Auto Play into the search box and press Enter.

If you want to activate Cortana for your region (I am in the UK which is a qualifying region) there are some great instructions on PC Advisor… Just click on the following link:




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