How to disable USB autoplay in Windows 10?

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To save and transfer your information from one computer to another, you can also use your iPhone as a USB stick.

Steps to disable USB autoplay in Windows 10 from Settings

The most direct and convenient way to disable USB autoplay in Windows 10 is through this version's Settings application. To do this, you need to open "Start" of your Windows 10 computer. You can do this by pressing the button located at the bottom left of the taskbar.



Within this menu, locate and press the gear icon it will take you to “Settings”, which is located at the bottom left. Then you will have to select the second option, from left to right, in this new window, the one indicated is called "Devices".

In this window, and in the menu on the left, you can choose the option “Autoplay”. To completely disable USB autoplay in Windows 10, you need to uncheck or slide the activation button to the left and until it is gray.

On the other hand, in this window you will also find different settings modes that you can customize according to your wishes and according to the specific removable device. Sure, as long as you turn on autoplay.

If you had the misfortune of connecting an infected USB memory but you don't know what it was, you can go to the option to recover the history of connected USB devices and in this way be able to identify which one it was and avoid using it again or formatting it if necessary.

Through the control panel

Another effective method to disable USB autoplay in Windows 10 is via the well-known Control Panel. First, you will need to locate the Panel mentioned, which you can do by doing a quick search in the menu “Start”, typing the name.



When you place it, press on the item to open it, now, inside the "Control panel" you have to select it by clicking on the specific section for “Auto Play”. To access the desired adjustment options.

Here you can see all available options related to this aspect, the first item is a checkbox to enable or disable automatic USB play in Windows 10.

In this case, you need to remember to press the button "Save" that yes located at the bottom right of the screen. However, and as in the previous case, you will also have other specific and customizable options to configure the actions that are performed with each device plugged into the computer.

Can I turn autoplay back on?

Yes, if you have changed your mind and want to re-enable it, you can do so, just as if it were disabled by default. You just have to do the exact opposite.

To do this, you will only have to follow the procedure, which you have seen before, which seems to you better or more comfortable and faster to perform. To do this, you can activate the function from sliding button or with checkbox, a depending on the case and the chosen modality.

In addition to this, you may also want to apply specific settings for certain types of devices, such as memories or smartphones, and even the pendrive itself. And you can do this by exploring the other options available, both in the settings and in the Control Panel.


You can choose whether to automatically import photos and videos (if it's a multimedia device), sync with OneDrive or decide to do nothing for a single computer.

If you are concerned that a USB stick has some malicious component affecting your computer, you can install Windows Defender and program it to scan the USB sticks you connect automatically.


You can also choose to have the system ask you what you want to do each time you insert a new drive. As well as if you want to automatically scan just that device every time you use it.

Another way to share information from your computer to another is to connect them via a USB cable, obviously in this case it is more complicated because you need to have both computers close at hand.

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