We all have heard about the autoplay feature in the Windows OS, but we have never really explored this feature. Some users like this feature, while others find it a little annoying. Well, today, in this guide on How To Change Autoplay Settings In Windows, we will be exploring the autoplay feature in deep. There are multiple options to play with, like you can change the default settings; you can choose a dedicated action when you insert any media device. And if you are one of those who just want to get rid of this feature well, you can completely shut it off. But before, let’s see what this feature and its importance is.


What is Autoplay?

The autoplay feature is a windows os feature. With this feature enabled every time you insert any device like CD/DVD, USB, Memory Card, etc. you can choose a default action. Default action may include opening files or folder, importing video or photo, configuring the storage, etc.

Now by default, this feature is turned on but can change multiple settings, including turning this feature off entirely. This feature is really useful because every time you insert the media device, you do not have to navigate to the file explorer and then open the device, then apply certain operations. This feature actually saves time by giving you the default actions.

(Steps) How to Change AutoPlay Settings in Windows

You can adjust the AutoPlay feature to automatically import photos or videos, play media, or do nothing at all. It’s recommended to leave AutoPlay feature off or have it ask you what to do every time you insert a device. Now let’s take a look at all the options that you can play with.

1. Enabling & Disabling the Autoplay Feature –

Firstly we will see how we can turn this feature on and off. Though the feature is turned on by default, some of the users don’t find this feature helpful. You can turn it on and off using the two methods. Both of them have been stated below.

A. Using Settings:

  • STEP 1. Click on Start, go to Settings


  • STEP 2. Go to Devices


  • STEP 3. On the Left choose Autoplay 
  • STEP 4. Now simply click to Turn off /on

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B. Using Group Policy Editor:

  • STEP 1. Click on Start, type Run, and Hit Enter
  • STEP 2. In Run box, type gpedit.msc, and Hit Enter


  • STEP 3. Navigate To
Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Components> AutoPlay Policies


  • STEP 4. On the Right, Double Click on Turn off AutoPlay to make changes
  • STEP 5. Now Click on Enable/Disable


  • STEP 6. Click on Apply and then click on OK

2. Changing the Default Actions –

Now let’s change the by default actions and set device-specific actions.

  • STEP 1. Click on Start, go to Settings
  • STEP 2. Go to Devices


  • STEP 3. On the Left choose Autoplay
  • STEP 4. Now on the right, you will see ‘Choose Autoplay Defaults
  • STEP 5. Under Choose Autoplay Defaults, choose an action for devices

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3. Autoplay in Control Panel –

In the control panel, you get to some more options and functionality of the Autoplay Feature.

  • STEP 1. Click on Start, type Run, and Hit Enter
  • STEP 2. In Run box, type Control Panel and Hit Enter
  • STEP 3. Now In Control Panel, Put the icons view to Small
  • STEP 4. Click on Autoplay

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  • STEP 5. Here you will get all the device-specific settings

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  • STEP 6. Choose your desired settings and click on Save Button

Now you have all the knowledge of the Autoplay Feature. With this being the end of the article on How To Change Autoplay Settings In Windows. This article gives you all the ways by which you can make changes in Autoplay Settings. We have tried to cover all the possible ways using step by step guide for easy and better understanding.

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