iPhone AutoPlay not working on Windows 10? Here’s what to do
The Windows 10 AutoPlay feature lets you play multimedia automatically, but many Windows 10 users reported that iPhone AutoPlay is not working. According to users, even the AutoPlay window doesn’t come up even though you may occasionally hear the sound acknowledging that you have plugged in your iPhone.
So, how do you restore your iPhone’s AutoPlay feature for Windows 10 machines?
What to do if iPhone is not listed in AutoPlay devices?
- Reset Windows 10 AutoPlay settings back to default
- Modify the registry
- Run the ShellHWDetection command
- Turn AutoPlay off then back on
- Run Windows 10 hardware/devices troubleshooter
- Update your drivers
- Reinstall the driver
- Disconnect other USB devices
1. Reset Windows 10 AutoPlay settings back to default
If iPhone AutoPlay is not working, try the following:
- Press Windows Key+S keys and type control panel. Choose Control Panel from displayed results.
- As soon as your Control Panel opens, Select AutoPlay.
- In the AutoPlay settings, check the box next to Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
- Now, tap on the Reset all defaults This resets Windows 10-iPhone AutoPlay settings back to default.
You may also opt to alter your AutoPlay settings via the Settings app.
- Click Start then select Settings.
- Select the Devices section.
- Click AutoPlay from the left-hand side of the menu and choose Ask me every time (on the right-hand pane) for Removable drive as well as a Memory card.
Now test if your AutoPlay starts when you connect your iPhone.
2. Modify the registry
In some instances, iPhone AutoPlay is not working due to your registry setting. You should hence run a text file to amend the troublesome registry entries.
- Copy the following text in Notepad.
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
- Save the Notepad your desktop then close the note pad.
- Now right-click this file (on the desktop) and rename it with a .reg extension.
- Now right-click on the saved file then choose Run as administrator to alter the registry.
Reconnect your iPhone and retry the AutoPlay feature.
3. Run the ShellHWDetection command
The ShellHWDetection command helps manage the Shell Hardware Detection, a service that provides notifications for Windows 10 AutoPlay. If iPhone AutoPlay is not working, perhaps this service is the problem.
- Click on the Start button and type cmd (in the search box).
- Right-click on the cmd option and select Run as administrator.
- When the Command Prompt window starts, type net start shellhwdetection then press Enter.
- Restart your computer.
4. Turn AutoPlay off then back on
If iPhone AutoPlay is not working, try to disable the AutoPlay feature temporarily.
- Click Start then choose Settings.
- Select Devices then AutoPlay.
- Find the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices tab and slide it to off.
- Wait for some moments then slide it back on.
5. Run Windows 10 hardware/devices troubleshooter
Running your computer’s hardware and devices troubleshooter may help if iPhone AutoPlay is not working.
- Click on the Start button and type troubleshooting in the search box.
- Select Troubleshooting from the list of results.
- Choose View all and then tap on Hardware and Devices.
- Click Next then follow the on-screen instructions.
Now check if the problem is resolved.
6. Update your drivers
Outdated drivers can cause problems with AutoPlay, but you can fix them doing the following:
Windows will instantly install any applicable updates in the background.
You can also update all your drivers automatically using third-party tools such as TweakBit Driver Updater.
Disclaimer: some functions of this tool might not be free
7. Reinstall the driver
In case the driver update doesn’t help, try reinstalling your Apple iPhone driver.
- Open the Device Manager.
- Right-click on Portable devices.
- Look for the Apple iPhone entry and right-click on it.
- Select Uninstall device and follow the instructions on the screen.
- Plug in your iPhone to the USB. Windows will reinstall the driver software. If not, go back to Device Manager and right-click on the iPhone and choose Update driver.
8. Disconnect other USB devices
Can you try to disconnect all other USB devices before reconnecting your iPhone? Though rather odd, this solution sometimes works.
If iPhone AutoPlay is not working on your PC, be sure to try all of our solutions, and let us know in the comments section if we managed to solve your problem.
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