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:

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 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

Notes
  • 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 your Surface. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1: If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in to an electrical outlet.
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 installs any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

Surface Pro models and Surface 3 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows 10. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Center.

See devices installed on Surface

To see devices that are installed on your Surface:

Step 1:

Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings.

Step 2: Select Devices > Connected devices to show a list of available devices.

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.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.

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 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

Notes
  • 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 your Surface. For more info, see Surface battery and power.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1: If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in to an electrical outlet.
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 installs any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

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 Center.

Troubleshooting

If Windows doesn’t recognize your USB accessory, see “Solve problems with USB devices” in Install USB 3.0 and other USB devices. For more info about installation problems, see What if a wired 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 upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings > PC and devices > Devices.

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.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.
  • Set up your Surface to save files to a removable USB drive by default.

You also can manage your devices in Devices and Printers in the Control Panel. For more info, see “To manage devices” in Add, remove, and manage your devices and printers.


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

Note

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.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1: If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in to an electrical outlet.
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 installs any software the accessory requires.

Device compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. To check the compatibility of your device, see the Windows Compatibility Center.

Troubleshooting

If Windows doesn’t recognize your USB accessory, see “Solve problems with USB devices” in Install USB 3.0 and other USB devices. For more info about installation problems, see What if a wired 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 upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, and click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings > PC and devices > Devices.

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.
  • Allow connected devices to download software over metered connections.
  • Set up your Surface to save files to a removable USB drive by default.

You also can manage your devices in Devices and Printers in the Control Panel. For more info, see “To manage devices” in Add, remove, and manage your devices and printers.