How to Turn On or Off AutoPlay in Windows 11

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The article offers instructions on how to enable or disable the AutoPlay feature in Windows 11. This function automates actions taken when devices are connected or media inserted. It can be managed from Windows Settings, the Control Panel, or via the Windows Registry. Users can also override AutoPlay temporarily by holding the SHIFT key during…

This article explains how to turn on or off AutoPlay in Windows 11.

The AutoPlay settings allow users to choose different actions when devices are inserted or attached to a Windows computer.

By default, Windows displays a notification to select what actions to take when you insert media or attach a new device. These settings apply to media such as photos, music, and video stored on drives, CDs, DVDs, cameras, and phones.

Windows allows you to reset your AutoPlay settings, change previously selected actions, and disable or enable AutoPlay entirely.

Windows also allow users to bypass the AutoPlay settings by holding down the SHIFT key while inserting external media into their computer to display a notification on what action to take.

Turn on or off AutoPlay in Windows 11

As mentioned above, users can enable or disable AutoPlay in Windows so that no notifications are displayed. Windows can’t act when media is inserted or attached to their computer.

Here’s how to do that.

First, open the Windows Settings app.

You can do that by clicking on the Start menu and selecting Settings. Or press the keyboard shortcut (Windows key + I) to launch the Settings app.

When the Setting app opens, click Bluetooth & devices button on the left.

windows 11 bluetooth and devices
Windows 11 Bluetooth and devices

On the right, select the AutoPlay tile to expand.

Windows AutoPlay settings tile
Windows AutoPlay settings tile

On the Bluetooth & devices -> AutoPlay settings pane, toggle the AutoPlay button to the On or Off position to enable or disable AutoPlay in Windows.

Windows enable or disable autoplay from settings app
Windows enable or disable autoplay from settings app

Exit the Settings app when you are done.

Enable or disable AutoPlay using the Control Panel app

Another way to enable or disable AutoPlay play in Windows is from the Control Panel app. To do that, first, open the Control Panel app.

Then go to Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> AutoPlay panel.

Control Panel -> Hardware and Sound -> AutoPlay

On the AutoPlay settings page, check or uncheck the box next to “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” to enable or disable AutoPlay in Windows.

turn on or off autoplay from control panel
Turn on or off autoplay from the control panel

Enable or disable AutoPlay via Windows Registry

Yet another way to turn on or off the AutoPlay feature in Windows is to use the Windows Registry Editor.

First, open the Windows Registry, and navigate to the folder key path below.

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\AutoplayHandlers

If you don’t see the AutoplayHandlers folder key, right-click on the Explorer key, then create the subkey (AutoplayHandlers) folders.

Windows AutoPlay settings on or off registry
Windows AutoPlay settings on or off a registry

Right-click the AutoplayHandlers folder key’s right pane and select New -> DWORD (32-bit) Value. Next, type a new key named DisableAutoplay.

Double-click the new key item name (DisableAutoplay) and make sure the Base option is Decimal, and then update the Value data, making sure you keep your existing value:

  • To turn this feature on. Type 0.
  • To turn this feature off. Type 1.
Windows AutoPlay settings on or off registry value data
Windows AutoPlay settings on or off registry value data

Save your changes and restart your computer.

That should do it!

Conclusion:

This post showed you how to enable or disable the AutoPlay feature in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comment form below.

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