Depending on the type of connected media to your PC, AutoPlay enables you to automatically carry out certain tasks. Many people believe it to be a useful tool, thus finding out it’s broken can reduce productivity and cause workflow disruption.
In the Settings panel, the AutoPlay feature is switchable. Here’s how to troubleshoot and get AutoPlay running in Windows 11 if it is enabled but not functioning.
Turn on and off
To fix any short-term issues, you can simply enable and off the AutoPlay option. To turn off and on the AutoPlay feature in Windows 11, follow these steps.
- To open Settings, press Win + I.
- In the left pane, click the Bluetooth & devices tab.
- Scroll down and click on AutoPlay to open its settings in the right pane.
- Toggle the switch to enable AutoPlay if it is turned off.
- Toggle the switch to turn it off if it is already on.
- Restart your computer after closing the Settings page.
- After restarting, navigate to Bluetooth & devices> AutoPlay and toggle the switch to the On position.
Connect your media device to see if the AutoPlay function works again.
For apps and services, Windows 11 lets you modify system notifications. However, the feature can cease working if you have AutoPlay alerts turned off.
One of the common causes of this issue is disabled system notifications. Thankfully, you may activate the notice to handle this problem.
To activate the notice for AutoPlay:
- To access your system settings, press the Win key and then click on Settings.
- Scroll down to Notifications on the System tab.
- Check that the Notifications option is turned on.
- Next, go down to the Notifications from apps and other senders area and look for AutoPlay.
- To enable notifications, toggle the AutoPlay switch.
As soon as you enable the notifications, AutoPlay should begin operating if it was previously set to Off.
Reconfigure the Shell Hardware Detection Service
The Shell Hardware Detection service is necessary for AutoPlay to be able to detect hardware events and send notifications. AutoPlay won’t operate if this service is not running or if the starting type is set to Delayed or Manual.
The Shell Hardware Detection service can be checked to see if it is active and configured, and the Startup type can be changed to Automatic. This is how you do it.
- To open Run, press Win + R.
- To open Services, type services.msc and press OK.
- Scroll down in the right pane to find the Shell Hardware Detection service. To make navigation easier, press the S key on your keyboard.
- Select Properties from the context menu when you right-click on Shell Hardware Detection.
- Make that the Service status is set to Running in the Properties dialog. If not, press the Start button.
- Next, pick Automatic from the Startup type drop-down menu.
- To save the changes, click OK and Apply.