Applies to

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

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

  • 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 Pro and Surface 3 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 8.1. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Centre.


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.
  • 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.