The external USB devices that we use every day are automatically detected by the Windows operating system as soon as we connect them and run on their own. In fact, Windows 10 allows users to customize the behavior of the operating system when it detects that an external device is plugged in.
This feature is called AutoPlay and it allows you to set default actions for your USB drive, memory stick, or any media or device connected to your PC. The same feature is also available on Windows 11, but it is hidden deep in the Settings.
When you insert the removable drive into your Windows 11 PC, AutoPlay will ask you how you want Windows to open the USB or play media files. Here in this article, we will share a step-by-step guide on configuring autoplay on Windows 11 (applicable to Windows 10 as well).
Steps to turn on and off the USB auto-open feature on Windows 11
Step 1: Enter Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Click option AutoPlay on the right frame.
Step 2: To disable Autoplay, turn off Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
Step 3: If you don’t want to disable this feature, you can configure AutoPlay actions. For that, you need to configure the section Choose AutoPlay Defaults.
Step 4: In the Removable Drive section you will find different options like
- Take no action: Do nothing.
- Ask me every time: Displays a menu to choose an action.
- Open folder to view files (File Explorer): Turn on File Explorer to browse files.
Step 5: Next, on option Memory cards, you will find many options like Import photos and videos, Play media files, etc. You can choose the option that suits your personal preference.
That’s it, above is how you can configure or disable Autoplay feature on Windows 11. So you can disable USB auto-opening feature or have an option that suits you better. Hope this article was helpful to you!