Applies to

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

Add a Bluetooth device

You can connect devices that use Bluetooth® wireless technology such as phones, wireless headsets, and wireless mice and keyboards to your Surface.

Here’s how to connect (also called pair) a Bluetooth device with your Surface:

Step 1:  Turn on the Bluetooth device and make it discoverable.
To learn how to do this, check the info that came with your Bluetooth device or the manufacturer’s website.
Step 2:  On the Start screen, swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and tap Settings.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the bottom-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up and click Settings.)
Step 3:  Tap or click Change PC Settings, tap or click PC and devices, then tap or click Bluetooth.
Step 4:  Make sure Bluetooth is turned on, and wait while Windows searches for Bluetooth devices.
Step 5:  Follow the on-screen instructions to finish pairing your device.
If the accessory requires a passcode (sometimes called a pairing code), you’ll be prompted for it. If you don’t know the passcode, check the info that came with your device or the manufacturer’s website.
  • For info on how to pair Surface Pen with your Surface Pro 3 or Surface 3, see Using Surface Pen.
  • When pairing a phone, make sure your phone is unlocked and showing the Bluetooth settings screen.
  • If Windows doesn’t find your device, see Troubleshoot Bluetooth devices.
  • If you add a Bluetooth keyboard, you can disable your Surface Cover by folding it back or removing it.


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 Bluetooth device, see the Windows Compatibility Center.