Applies to

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

Docking stations for Surface Pro

The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 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. You don’t even have to pause to take off the Surface Cover—just put your Surface Pro into the docking station and slide in the sides. The docking station also acts as a charging station for your Surface Pro.

There are two Surface docking station models: one designed for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2, and the other designed for Surface Pro 3.
Ports on Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2
Ports on Surface Pro 3 Docking Station
Surface Pro 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 attach your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need an adapter (sold separately).

With Surface Pro 3 Docking Station, you’ll have two Mini DisplayPorts available for use. The MiniDisplay Port on your Surface Pro and the MiniDisplay port on your docking station can both be used while Surface is docked.

USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, plug into USB printers or headsets, charge multiple accessories (like your Windows Phone), and more.

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

Set up your docking station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk where you’d like it to be and where any necessary cords or cables can be easily accessed. 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 cable into an electrical outlet or power strip, and plug the other end of the cable into the charging port on the docking station.
Step 2:If you want to use a wired network connection while Surface is docked, 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 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 may need to purchase another cable or adapter. See Connect Surface Pro to a TV, monitor, or projector for more info on adapters.
Step 5: Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.
Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you are using your Surface Pro. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot docking stations for Surface Pro for steps to switch to the speakers that are part of your Surface Pro.

Place Surface in the docking station

Step 1:Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from your Surface.
You can leave your Typing Cover attached and you can leave the microSD card (if any) in the microSD card slot.
If you have Surface Pro 3, you can also leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.
Step 2:

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

Slide Surface Pro down into Docking Station, then slide Docking Station sides in.

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 more information on how to add a Bluetooth keyboard, see Add a Bluetooth device.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

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

Step 1: Place Surface Pro 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 Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 3: Tap or click Change PC settings, and tap or click Update and recovery, and then tap or click the Check now.
Step 4: If there are updates available, tap or click View details.
Step 5: Tap or click to select the updates you want to install, and then tap or click Install.
You may need to restart Surface after the updates have been installed.

Set up your monitor

Once your Surface Pro and your external monitor are attached to the docking station, you can choose your second screen options. Here’s how:

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

Tap or click Second screen, and then 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.