Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface 3.

Applies to

Surface RT, Surface 2.

Operating system:

Connect a USB mouse, printer and more

You can connect a USB accessory—such as a printer, camera, music player, smartphone, mouse or external hard drive—to your Surface.


The USB port location

USB port location on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

USB port location on Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3

USB port location on Surface 3

Surface 3

Notes
  • If you want to plug in more than one USB accessory at once—for example, a mouse and a printer—you can use a USB hub (sold separately) with its own power supply.
  • The power supply that’s included with Surface Pro models has a USB charging port you can use to power other USB devices while you’re charging Surface. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1:  If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in to an electrical outlet.
Step 2: Plug the USB cable attached to the accessory into your Surface.
Step 3: Turn on your accessory (if needed). The first time you plug in a USB accessory, Windows installs any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

Surface Pro models and Surface 3 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 10. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Center.

Troubleshooting

If Windows doesn’t recognise your USB accessory, see “Solve problems with USB devices” in Install USB 3.0 and other USB devices. For more info about installation problems, see What if a wired device isn't installed properly?

See devices installed on Surface

To see devices that are installed on your Surface:

Step 1: 

Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings.

Step 2:  Select Devices to show a list of available devices.

Things you can do from Devices

From Devices, you can:

  • Add and remove devices.
  • View the status of any device to see if there’s a problem, such as the device could not start or is offline.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.

You also can manage your devices in Devices and Printers in the Control Panel. For more info, see “To manage devices” in Add, remove and manage your devices and printers.


Connect a USB mouse, printer and more

You can connect a USB accessory, such as a printer, camera, music player, smartphone, mouse or external hard drive, to your Surface.


The USB port location

USB port location on Surface RT and Surface 2

Surface RT and Surface 2

USB port location on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

USB port location on Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3

USB port location on Surface 3

Surface 3

Notes
  • If you want to plug in more than one USB accessory at once, for example a mouse and a printer, you can use a USB hub (sold separately) with its own power supply.
  • The power supply that’s included with Surface Pro models has a USB charging port you can use to power other USB devices while you’re charging Surface. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1:  If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in.
Step 2:  Plug the USB cable attached to the accessory into your Surface.
Step 3:  Turn on your accessory (if needed). The first time you plug in a USB accessory, Windows tries to install any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. Surface Pro models and Surface 3 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 8.1. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Centre.

Troubleshooting

If Windows doesn’t recognise your USB accessory, see “Solve problems with USB devices” in Install a USB device. For more info about installation problems, see What if a device isn't installed properly?

See devices installed on Surface

To see devices that are installed on your Surface:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down and click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click PC and devices, and tap or click Devices.
A list of available devices is shown.

Things you can do from Devices

From Devices, you can:

  • Add and remove devices.
  • View the status of any device to see if there’s a problem, such as the device could not start or is offline.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.
  • Set up Surface to save files to a removable USB drive by default.

You also can manage your devices in Devices and Printers in the Control Panel. For more info, see “To manage devices” in Add, remove and manage your devices and printers.


Connect a USB mouse, printer and more

You can connect a USB accessory, such as a printer, camera, music player, smartphone, mouse or external hard drive, to your Surface.


The USB port location

USB port location on Surface RT and Surface 2

Surface RT and Surface 2

USB port location on Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

USB port location on Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3

USB port location on Surface 3

Surface 3

Notes
  • If you want to plug in more than one USB accessory at once, for example a mouse and a printer, you can use a USB hub (sold separately) with its own power supply.
  • The power supply that’s included with Surface Pro models has a USB charging port you can use to power other USB devices while you’re charging Surface. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1:  If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in.
Step 2:  Plug the USB cable attached to the accessory into your Surface.
Step 3:  Turn on your accessory (if needed). The first time you plug in a USB accessory, Windows tries to install any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro models and Surface 3 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Centre.

Troubleshooting

If Windows doesn’t recognise your USB accessory, see “Solve problems with USB devices” in Install a USB device. For more info about installation problems, see What if a device isn't installed properly?

See devices installed on Surface

To see devices that are installed on your Surface:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the top-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down and click Settings.)
Step 2:  Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3:  Tap or click PC and devices, and tap or click Devices.
A list of available devices is shown.

Things you can do from Devices

From Devices, you can:

  • Add and remove devices.
  • View the status of any device to see if there’s a problem, such as the device could not start or is offline.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.
  • Set up Surface to save files to a removable USB drive by default.

Or, you can manage your devices in Devices and Printers in Control Panel. For more info, see “To manage devices” in Add, remove and manage your devices and printers.