Applies to

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


Connect a USB mouse, printer, and more

You can connect a USB accessory, such as a printer, camera, music player, phone, 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

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

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 included with Surface Pro models has a USB charging port. For more info about this, see Surface Pro battery and power.

For more info about the USB port on your Surface, see Surface features.

Install a USB accessory

Step 1: If your USB accessory has a power cord, plug it in.
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 the necessary software for you (if needed).

Device compatibility

Surface RT and Surface 2 are compatible with devices that are certified for Windows RT 8.1. Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, and Surface Pro 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

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 then click Settings.)
Step 2: Tap or click Change PC settings.
Step 3: Tap or click PC and devices, and then tap or click Devices.
A list of available devices is shown.

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.
  • Set up Surface to save files to a removable USB drive by default.
To see the devices connected to your Surface using Control Panel, see Add, remove, and manage your devices and printers.