Applies to

Surface 3, Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Book.

Applies to

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

Operating system:

Surface docking stations

The docking stations for Surface Pro models, Surface Book, and Surface 3 are designed so you can switch quickly from portable to the power of a full desktop system.


Get to know your docking stations

You can use a docking station to connect your Surface to a full-size monitor, Ethernet, external speakers, and more. The docking station also charges your Surface.

There are two types of docking stations available for Surface.

  • The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 hold your Surface in a frame. To dock your Surface, you place it in the frame of the docking station and slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.
  • Surface Dock (compatible with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book) is a port replicator with a compact design that doesn’t require you to dock your Surface. Your Surface simply connects to Surface Dock using a single cable. For more info on Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Docking station models

There are four Surface docking station models.

  • Docking station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
  • Docking station for Surface Pro 3
Docking station for Surface Pro 3
  • Docking station for Surface 3
Surface 3 Docking Station
  • Surface Dock (available for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book)
Surface Dock

For details on Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Power port
The power port connects your docking station to a power supply, allowing it to recharge your Surface.
Mini DisplayPort

The Mini DisplayPort is where you connect your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need a video adapter (sold separately).

Notes
  • With a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the Mini DisplayPorts on your Surface and docking station are available for use while your Surface is in the docking station.
  • If you’re using Surface Dock with Surface Book, the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface Book is covered by the Surface Dock connector and isn’t available. This is by design, as you can use only three screens at one time (two external monitors and the screen on Surface Book).
USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, connect a USB printer or headset, charge accessories, and more.

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port on your Surface Pro 3 is available for use when your Surface is in the docking station.
  • Surface 3 Docking Station has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Dock has four USB 3.0 ports.
Audio ports

Connect your favorite audio accessories to your docking station’s 3.5mm audio port.

Note
The audio port on Surface Dock is used for audio output only. You can use the built-in microphone on your Surface for recording and online conversations.
Ethernet port
When you need the reliability of a wired network connection, you can connect your Surface to a wired network via the docking station’s Ethernet port.

Set up your docking station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk, leaving any necessary cords or cables where you can access them easily. Now you’re ready to set it up for use.

Set up your work space and plug in

Step 1:  Plug the AC end of the docking station's power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip and plug the other end into the charging port on the docking station.
Step 2: 

If you want to use a wired network connection, connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the docking station.

Step 3:  Connect your computer peripherals to the USB ports on the docking station.
Step 4: 

Connect a cable from your monitor to the Mini DisplayPort on the docking station.

If your monitor cable doesn’t have a Mini DisplayPort connector, you’ll need to buy another cable or an adapter. For more info on adapters, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

Step 5: 

Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.

Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you’re using your Surface. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot Surface docking stations to learn how to switch to the built-in speakers on your Surface.

Connect your Surface to the docking station

Depending on the type of docking station you’re using, you’ll either place your Surface in the docking station or use SurfaceConnect to connect to it.

Step 1: 

Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from your Surface. If you’re using a Typing Cover, open it so it lies flat.

If you have a Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, or Surface Pro 4, you can leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.

Note

If you’re using Surface Pro 4 with the Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, you’ll need to use Nest for your Surface to fit properly. For more info, see Using Surface Pro 4 with your Surface Pro 3 Docking Station.

Step 2: 

Do one of the following:

  • If you’re using a docking station that holds your Surface, slide your Surface down into the docking station and slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.
 
    Note

    If you don’t have a Typing Cover attached to your Surface, you’ll need to connect a USB (wired or wireless) or Bluetooth® keyboard before you can start typing. For info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more or Add a Bluetooth device.

  • If you’re using Surface Dock, connect your Surface using the cable provided. For more info on setting up Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

To ensure that your Surface is ready to take full advantage of the docking station, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here's how:

Step 1: 

Place your Surface in the docking station or connect your Surface to your Surface Dock and make sure the docking station is getting power.

Step 2:  Go to Start Start icon, and select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
Step 3:  Select Check for updates. If updates are available, select Details.
Step 4:  Select the updates you want to install, and select Install.

You may need to restart your Surface after updates have installed.

Set up your monitor

After you’ve connected your Surface and your external monitor to the docking station, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

Step 1:  Go to Start Start icon, and select Settings > System > Display.
Step 2: 

Under Multiple displays, choose one of the following options:

  • Duplicate these displays. Your screen appears on two screens.
  • Extend these displays. Your screen is spread over two screens, and you can drag items between the two screens.
  • Show only on __. Your screen appears on the selected screen, and the other screen is blank.
Note

To learn how to change the screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?


Docking stations for Surface Pro and Surface 3

The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 are designed so you can switch quickly from portable to the power of a full desktop system.


Get to know your docking station

With a docking station, you can connect to a full-size monitor, Ethernet, external speakers, and more. Simply put your Surface into the docking station and slide in the sides. The docking station also charges your Surface.

There are three Surface docking station models: one for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, one for Surface Pro 3, and a third for Surface 3.
Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

Docking station for Surface Pro 3

Surface Pro 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Surface 3 Docking Station

Charging port
The charging port connects your docking station to a power supply, allowing it to recharge your Surface.
Mini DisplayPort

The Mini DisplayPort is where you connect your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need a video adapter (sold separately).

With a Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, the Mini DisplayPort on your Surface Pro 3 and the Mini DisplayPort on your docking station are both available for use while Surface is in the docking station.

USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, connect a USB printer or headset, charge accessories, and more.

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port on your Surface Pro 3 is available for use when Surface is in the docking station.
  • Surface 3 Docking Station has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
Audio ports
Connect your favorite audio accessories to your docking station’s 3.5mm audio port.
Ethernet port
When you need the reliability of wired network connection, you can connect Surface to a wired network via the docking station’s Ethernet port.

Set up your Docking Station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk leaving any necessary cords or cables where you can access them easily. Now you’re ready to set it up for use:

Get your work space set up and plug in

Step 1:Plug the AC end of the docking station's power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip, and plug the other end into the charging port on the docking station.
Step 2:

If you want to use a wired network connection, connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the docking station.

A light, easiest to see in a darkened room, will glow when the network cable is connected and the connection is active.

Step 3: Connect your computer peripherals to the USB ports on the docking station.
Step 4:

Connect a cable from your monitor to the Mini DisplayPort on the docking station.

If your monitor cable doesn’t have a Mini DisplayPort connector, you’ll need to buy another cable or an adapter. For more info on adapters, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

Step 5:

Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.

Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you’re using your Surface. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot docking stations to learn how to switch to the built-in speakers on Surface.

Place Surface in the docking station

Step 1:

Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from Surface. If you’re using a Cover, open it so it lies flat.

You can leave a microSD card in the microSD card slot.

If you have Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3, you can also leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.

Step 2:

Slide Surface down into the docking station, and then slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.

Note

If you don’t have a Typing Cover attached to your Surface, you’ll need to connect a USB (wired or wireless) or Bluetooth® keyboard before you can start typing. For info, see Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more and Add a Bluetooth device.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

To ensure that Surface is ready to take full advantage of the docking station, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here's how:

Step 1: Place Surface in the docking station, and make sure the docking station is getting power.
Step 2: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Settings.
Step 3: Tap or click Change PC settings, and tap or click Update and recovery.
Step 4: Tap or click Check now.
Step 5: If there are updates available, tap or click View details.
Step 6: Tap or click to select the updates you want to install, and tap or click Install.
You may need to restart Surface after the updates have been installed.

Set up your monitor

After you’ve connected Surface and your external monitor to the docking station, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap or click Devices.
Step 2:

Tap or click Second screen, and choose one of the following options:

  • Duplicate. Your screen appears on two screens.
  • Extend. Your screen is spread over two screens and you can drag items between the two screens.
  • Second screen only. Your screen appears on the connected screen and the Surface screen is blank.
Note

To learn how to change the screen resolution, see Trouble connecting Surface to a second screen?