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After installing Dropbox on your Windows PC and inserting a memory card or USB stick, Windows might ask you if you want to import photos and videos to Dropbox. If this gets on your nerves, you can disable it in Settings. Here’s how.

The Windows 10 and Windows 11 feature that allows Dropbox to bother you when you insert a storage device is called AutoPlay. To keep Dropbox from using AutoPlay, we need to configure AutoPlay in Windows Settings.

The DropBox AutoPlay import screen on Windows 11

To get started, press Windows+i to open the Settings app. Or you can right-click the Start menu and select “Settings” from the list.

In Windows 10 Settings, click “Devices,” then select “AutoPlay.” In Windows 11 Settings, click Bluetooth & Devices in the sidebar, then select “AutoPlay.”

In AutoPlay settings, locate the “Choose AutoPlay Defaults” section. Under “Removable Drive,” click the drop-down menu and select any option other than “Import Photos and Videos (Dropbox).”

Do the same for the “Memory Card” drop-down menu. Click the menu and select any option other than “Import Photos and Videos (Dropbox).” For example, you could select “Ask Me Every Time” or “Take No Action.”

Select options in "Choose Autoplay Defaults."

Optionally, you can disable AutoPlay completely on this page by flipping the switch beside “Use AutoPlay for all media and devices” to “Off.” But you don’t need to do this unless you never want Windows to ask you what to do with inserted memory cards and storage devices.

Flip the switch beside "Use AutoPlay for all media and devices" to "Off."

When you’re ready, close Settings. The next time you insert a memory card or USB drive, Dropbox won’t bother you about importing photos and videos anymore. Good luck!

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Benj Edwards is a former Associate Editor for How-To Geek. Now, he is an AI and Machine Learning Reporter for Ars Technica. For over 15 years, he has written about technology and tech history for sites such as The Atlantic, Fast Company, PCMag, PCWorld, Macworld, Ars Technica, and Wired. In 2005, he created Vintage Computing and Gaming, a blog devoted to tech history. He also created The Culture of Tech podcast and regularly contributes to the Retronauts retrogaming podcast.
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