Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1.

Add a Bluetooth device

Devices that use Bluetooth® wireless technology such as phones, wireless headsets and wireless mice and keyboards can be used with your Surface.

Here’s how to add (also called pair) a Bluetooth device with your Surface:

Step 1:  Turn on the Bluetooth device and make it discoverable.
To learn how to do this, check the info that came with your Bluetooth device or the manufacturer’s website.
Step 2:  From the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, then click Settings.)
Step 3:  Tap or click Change PC Settings, and tap or click PC and devices, then tap or click Bluetooth.
Step 4:  Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and then wait while Windows searches for Bluetooth devices.
Step 5:  Follow the onscreen instructions to finish pairing your device.
If the accessory requires a passcode (sometimes called a pairing code), you’ll be prompted for it. If you don’t know the passcode, check the info that came with your device or the manufacturer’s website.
  • For info on how to pair Surface Pen with your Surface Pro 3, see Using Surface Pen.
  • When pairing a phone, make sure your phone is unlocked and showing the Bluetooth settings screen.
  • If Windows doesn’t find your device, see Troubleshoot Bluetooth.
  • If you add a Bluetooth keyboard, you can disable your Surface Cover by folding it back or removing it.


Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro models are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. To check the compatibility of your Bluetooth device, see the Windows Compatibility Center.