How to configure or disable AutoPlay on Windows 11

When you insert a removable drive or memory card into a Windows 11 PC, AutoPlay asks you how you want Windows to open the drive or play its media. How to turn off or change how AutoPlay works.

First, open Windows Settings by pressing Windws + i on your keyboard. Or you can right-click the Start button and select the “Settings” option from the list that appears.

When the settings open, click on “Bluetooth & Devices” in the sidebar and select “AutoPlay”.

In the settings, click on

In the AutoPlay settings you can configure the functionality of AutoPlay or deactivate it completely. To switch AutoPlay off, set the switch under “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” to “Off”.

Toggle the switch next to


If you don’t mind using AutoPlay but want to change the way you handle removable drives and memory cards, find the “Select AutoPlay Defaults” section, which has two drop-down menus.

When you click the menu under Removable Disk, you will see the following options (and possibly others depending on which programs you have installed).

  • Configure storage settings (Settings): This will take you to the storage settings in the Windows Settings app.
  • Take no action: That means nothing AutoPlay-related happens when the drive is plugged in, but you can find it in File Explorer as usual.
  • Open folder to view files (File Explorer): This will automatically open the removable drive you just connected in a file explorer window.
  • Ask me every time: This will bring up a menu asking how you want to deal with the newly attached drive.

Choose the option that suits you best.

Click the drop-down menu under Removable Disk.

Directly below that you will see the drop-drop menu “Memory Card”. When you click on it, you’ll see these options (and possibly others depending on which apps are installed):

  • Import photos and videos (photos): This will automatically copy and import photos and videos stored on the memory card into your Windows 11 Photos app library.
  • Import photos and videos (OneDrive): This will transfer the photos and videos to your memory card OneDrive Cloud- storage space.
  • Play (Windows Media Player): This will automatically play media files that Windows finds on the memory card in the Windows Media Player app.
  • Take no action: AutoPlay does not activate when you insert a memory card.
  • Open folder to view files (File Explorer): This will display the files stored on the memory card in a file explorer window.
  • Ask me every time: You will be asked how you would like to handle the memory card every time you insert one.

Choose the option that suits your personal preference.

Click the drop-down menu under

When you’re done close Settings and the next time you insert a memory card or connect a removable storage device, AutoPlay will react as you have configured it. If you ever need to turn AutoPlay back on or tweak the settings, just open Settings and navigate to Bluetooth Devices> AutoPlay again. Much luck!

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