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:

Move files to your Surface

You can easily add music, pictures, videos and documents to your Surface.


Here are a few ways to move files to your Surface:

  • Add files to OneDrive so you can access them from your Surface.
  • Connect to a networked computer.
  • Use a USB flash drive or a memory card. MicroSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards all work with Surface.

Windows comes with four libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. It’s a good idea to put your files and folders in their corresponding libraries to make sure they show up in your apps.

See how much drive space you have on your Surface

To see how much drive space you have available on your Surface:

  • In the taskbar, select File Explorer File Explorer icon > This PC.
    The amounts of free space and total space are shown. If you're running low on space, the drive will be marked in red.

    Find available free space in File Explorer
Note
Pre-installed software and apps use a significant amount of space. To learn how much, see Surface storage.

Use One Drive

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so you can access them from your Surface. First add files to your OneDrive. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the computer that has the files you want to copy to your Surface.
Step 2:  Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files. To find out how, see OneDrive on your PC.

Once files are on your OneDrive, use the OneDrive app on your Surface to access them. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo >All Apps > OneDrive.
Step 2:  Navigate to the folder in OneDrive that has the files that you want.
Step 3:  Select a file to open it.

You can access files on your OneDrive without an Internet connection by storing them locally on your Surface. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Windows logo >All Apps > OneDrive.
Step 2:  Navigate to the folder in OneDrive that has the files that you want.
Step 3:  Press and hold (or right-click) the file, and select Copy.
Step 4:  Navigate to the folder on your Surface where you want to store the file.
Step 5:  Press and hold (or right-click) anywhere in the window, and select Paste.
Notes
  • To use OneDrive, you must have a Microsoft account.
  • Office 2013 apps save documents to OneDrive by default when you’re signed in with a Microsoft account.
  • Using mobile broadband? Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data usage.

Connect to a network computer

Your Surface can access music, pictures, videos and documents on computers that are part of a network. To see the files and folders that have been shared on your network:

Step 1:  In the taskbar, select File Explorer File Explorer icon.
Step 2:  See the files you can access from your Surface under HomeGroup or Network.

Use a USB flash drive or memory card

You can also move files to your Surface by copying them to a USB flash drive or memory card (microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards all work with Surface), then adding the files to your Surface.

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Copy files onto a USB flash drive or memory card from your other computer.
Step 2:  Insert the USB flash drive or microSD card into your Surface. (To learn where the USB port and microSD card slot are located on your Surface, see Surface features.)
Step 3:  Select the notification that appears in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
Step 4:  Select Open folder to view files or Sync digital media files to this device.
File Explorer opens.
Step 5:  Select the files or folders you want to add to your Surface.
Step 6:  Select Home > Copy to, and choose a location.
For example, choose Documents if the flash drive or microSD card contains documents.

For help using File Explorer, see Find your files.


Here are a few ways to move files to your Surface:

  • Add files to OneDrive so you can access them from Surface.
  • Connect to a networked computer.
  • Use a USB flash drive or a memory card—microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC cards all work with Surface.

Windows comes with four libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. It’s a good idea to put your files (and folders) in their corresponding libraries to make sure they show up in your apps. For more info, see Libraries: frequently asked questions

See how much disk space you have on your Surface

To see how much drive space you have available on your Surface:

Step 1:  On the Start screen, tap or click Desktop.
Step 2:  In the task bar, tap or click File Explorer File Explorer icon.
The amount of available free space and total available space is shown. If you're running low on space, the drive will be marked in red.

Find available free space in File Explorer
Note
Pre-installed software and apps use a significant amount of space. To learn how much, see Surface storage.

For info on how to free up space on your Surface, see Tips to free up drive space on your PC.

Use One Drive

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so that you can access them from your Surface. First add files to your OneDrive. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the computer with the files that you want to copy to Surface.
Step 2:  Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files. To find out how, see Upload photos and files.

Once files are on OneDrive, use the OneDrive app on Surface to access them. Here’s how:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive.
Step 2:  Navigate to the folder with the files that you want.
Step 3:  Do one of the following:
  • Open: Tap or click a file.
  • Download: Swipe down on a file (or right-click), then tap Make offline.

Files that are available offline are stored locally on your Surface and can be opened without an Internet connection. For more info, in Getting started with OneDrive, see the section “Getting to files when you’re offline.”

Notes
  • To use OneDrive, you must have a Microsoft account.
  • Office 2013 apps save documents to OneDrive by default when you’re signed in with a Microsoft account.
  • Using mobile broadband? Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data usage.

Connect to a network computer

Surface can access music, pictures, videos and documents on computers that are part of a network. To see the files and folders that have been shared on your network:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Search.)
Step 2:  In the search box, enter file explorer, and in the search results, tap or click File Explorer.
Step 3:  See the files you can access from Surface under HomeGroup or Network.
Note
If you're on your home network, turn on network sharing so that Surface can see other computers on your network. To learn how, see Find PCs, devices and content on your network.

Use a USB flash drive or memory card

You can also move files to Surface by copying them to a USB flash drive or memory card (microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards all work with Surface), then adding the files to Surface.

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Copy files onto a USB flash drive or memory card on your other computer.
Step 2:  Insert the USB flash drive or microSD card into Surface. (To learn where USB port and microSD card slot are located on your Surface, see Surface features.)
Step 3:  Tap or click the notification that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 4:  Tap or click Open folder to view files or Import photos and videos.
File Explorer opens.
Step 5:  Select the files or folders you want to add to Surface.
Step 6:  Tap or click Home, and tap or click Copy to.
Step 7:  Select a location. For example, choose Documents if the flash drive or microSD card contains documents.

For help using File Explorer, see How to work with files and folders.


Here are a few ways to move files to your Surface:

  • Add files to OneDrive so you can access them from Surface.
  • Connect to a networked computer.
  • Use a USB flash drive or a memory card—microSD, microSDHC or microSDXC cards all work with Surface.

Windows comes with four libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures and Videos. It’s a good idea to put your files (and folders) in their corresponding libraries to make sure they show up in your apps. For more info, see Libraries: frequently asked questions

See how much disk space you have on your Surface

To see how much drive space you have available on your Surface:

Step 1:  On the Start screen, tap or click Desktop.
Step 2:  In the task bar, tap or click File Explorer File Explorer icon.
The amount of available free space and total available space is shown. If you're running low on space, the drive will be marked in red.

Find available free space in File Explorer
Note
Pre-installed software and apps use a significant amount of space. To learn how much, see Surface storage.

For info on how to free up space on your Surface, see Tips to free up drive space on your PC.

Use One Drive

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so that you can access them from your Surface. First add files to your OneDrive. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to the computer with the files that you want to copy to Surface.
Step 2:  Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files. To find out how, see Upload photos and files.

Once files are on OneDrive, use the OneDrive app on Surface to access them. Here’s how:

Step 1:  From the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive.
Step 2:  Navigate to the folder with the files that you want.
Step 3:  Do one of the following:
  • Open: Tap or click a file.
  • Download: Swipe down on a file (or right-click), then tap Make offline.

Files that are available offline are stored locally on your Surface and can be opened without an Internet connection. For more info, in Getting started with OneDrive, see the section “Getting to files when you’re offline.”

Notes
  • To use OneDrive, you must have a Microsoft account.
  • Office 2013 apps save documents to OneDrive by default when you’re signed in with a Microsoft account.
  • Using mobile broadband? Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data usage.

Connect to a network computer

Surface can access music, pictures, videos and documents on computers that are part of a network. To see the files and folders that have been shared on your network:

Step 1:  Swipe in from the right edge of the screen and tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and click Search.)
Step 2:  In the search box, enter file explorer, and in the search results, tap or click File Explorer.
Step 3:  See the files you can access from Surface under HomeGroup or Network.
Note
If you're on your home network, turn on network sharing so that Surface can see other computers on your network. To learn how, see Find PCs, devices and content on your network.

Use a USB flash drive or memory card

You can also move files to Surface by copying them to a USB flash drive or memory card (microSD, microSDHC and microSDXC cards all work with Surface), then adding the files to Surface.

Here’s how:

Step 1:  Copy files onto a USB flash drive or memory card on your other computer.
Step 2:  Insert the USB flash drive or microSD card into Surface. (To learn where USB port and microSD card slot are located on your Surface, see Surface features.)
Step 3:  Tap or click the notification that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 4:  Tap or click Open folder to view files or Import photos and videos.
File Explorer opens.
Step 5:  Select the files or folders you want to add to Surface.
Step 6:  Tap or click Home, and tap or click Copy to.
Step 7:  Select a location. For example, choose Documents if the flash drive or microSD card contains documents.

For help using File Explorer, see How to work with files and folders.