iPhone AutoPlay not working on Windows 10? Here’s what to do

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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?

  1. Reset Windows 10 AutoPlay settings back to default
  2. Modify the registry
  3. Run the ShellHWDetection command
  4. Turn AutoPlay off then back on
  5. Run Windows 10 hardware/devices troubleshooter
  6. Update your drivers
  7. Reinstall the driver
  8. Disconnect other USB devices

1. Reset Windows 10 AutoPlay settings back to default

If iPhone AutoPlay is not working, try the following:

  1. Press Windows Key+S keys and type control panel. Choose Control Panel from displayed results.control panel iPhone AutoPlay Not Working
  2. As soon as your Control Panel opens, Select AutoPlay.autoplay control panel How do I get AutoPlay to recognize my iPhone?
  3. In the AutoPlay settings, check the box next to Use AutoPlay for all media and devices.
  4. Now, tap on the Reset all defaults This resets Windows 10-iPhone AutoPlay settings back to default.reset all defaults How do I get the AutoPlay window to appear?

You may also opt to alter your AutoPlay settings via the Settings app.


  1. Click Start then select Settings.devices settings app How do I import photos from iPhone to pc if AutoPlay does not appear?
  2. Select the Devices section.
  3. 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.

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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.


  1. Copy the following text in Notepad.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
“NoDriveTypeAutoRun”=-notepad How do I allow my computer to access my iPhone?

  1. Save the Notepad your desktop then close the note pad.
  2. Now right-click this file (on the desktop) and rename it with a .reg extension.
  3. 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.


  1. Click on the Start button and type cmd (in the search box).
  2. Right-click on the cmd option and select Run as administrator.command prompt administrator iphone autoplay not working
  3. When the Command Prompt window starts, type net start shellhwdetection then press Enter.start shellhwddecetion iphone autoplay problems
  4. Restart your computer.

4. Turn AutoPlay off then back on

If iPhone AutoPlay is not working, try to disable the AutoPlay feature temporarily.


  1. Click Start then choose Settings.settings app iphone autoplay not working
  2. Select Devices then AutoPlay.devices autoplay import pictures not working
  3. Find the Use AutoPlay for all media and devices tab and slide it to off.autoplay off how to import photos from iphone
  4. Wait for some moments then slide it back on.

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5. Run Windows 10 hardware/devices troubleshooter

Running your computer’s hardware and devices troubleshooter may help if iPhone AutoPlay is not working.


  1. Click on the Start button and type troubleshooting in the search box.troubleshoot iphone autoplay not working
  2. Select Troubleshooting from the list of results.troubleshooting iphone not listed in autoplay devices
  3. Choose View all and then tap on Hardware and Devices.hardware and devices troubleshooter iphone autoplay not working
  4. 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:


  1. Click Start then Settings.
  2. Choose Update & Security.update & security Why won't my computer recognize my iPhone?
  3. Select Check for updates.check for updates iphone autoplay not working

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.

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7. Reinstall the driver

In case the driver update doesn’t help, try reinstalling your Apple iPhone driver.


  1. Open the Device Manager.
  2. Right-click on Portable devices.
  3. Look for the Apple iPhone entry and right-click on it.
  4. Select Uninstall device and follow the instructions on the screen.
  5. 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.update driver windows 10 iphone autoplay not working

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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