Applies to

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


Move files to your Surface

You can easily add music, pictures, videos, and documents to your Surface.


Here are a few ways to move files to your Surface:

  • Add files to OneDrive (formerly called SkyDrive) so you can access them from Surface.
  • Connect to a networked computer.
  • Use a USB flash drive or a memory card—microSD, microSDHC, or microSDXC cards all work with Surface.
  • Surface Pro: Use Windows Easy Transfer to transfer files and settings from another PC.

Windows comes with four libraries: Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos. It’s a good idea to put your files (and folders) in their corresponding libraries to make sure they show up in your apps. For more info, see Libraries: How to add or remove a folder.

How much space do I have on my Surface?

To see how much drive space you have available on your Surface:

Step 1: On the Start screen, tap or click Desktop.
Step 2: In the task bar, tap or click File Explorer File Explorer icon.
The amount of available free space and total available space is shown. If you're running low on space, the drive will be marked in red.

Find available free space in File Explorer
Note
Pre-installed software and apps use a significant amount of space. To learn how much, see Surface disk space FAQ.

For info on how to free up space on your Surface, see Tips to free up disk space.

Use OneDrive

Add whatever files you like to your OneDrive so that you can access them from your Surface. First add files to your OneDrive. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to the computer with the files that you want to copy to Surface.
Step 2: Go to OneDrive.com and upload your files. To find out how, see Upload photos and files.

Once files are on OneDrive, use the OneDrive app on Surface to access them. Here’s how:

Step 1: From the Start screen, tap or click OneDrive.
Step 2: Navigate to the folder with the files that you want.
Step 3: Do one of the following:
  • Open: Tap or click a file.
  • Download: Swipe down on a file (or right-click), and then tap Make offline.

Files that are available offline are stored locally on your Surface and can be opened without an Internet connection. For more info, in Getting started with OneDrive, see the section “Get to files when you’re offline.”

Notes
  • To use OneDrive, you must have Microsoft account.
  • Office 2013 apps save documents to OneDrive by default when you’re signed in with a Microsoft account.
  • Using mobile broadband? Syncing or sending data across a mobile broadband connection could result in extra charges. For more info, see Manage your mobile broadband data use.

Connect to a network computer

Surface can access music, pictures, videos, and documents on computers that are part of a network. To see the files and folders that have been shared on your network:

Step 1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, and then tap Search.
(If you're using a mouse, point to the lower-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer up, and then click Search.)
Step 2: In the search box, enter File Explorer, and then tap or click File Explorer.
Step 3: See the files you can access from Surface under HomeGroup or Network.
Note
If you're on your home network, turn on network sharing so that Surface can see other computers on your network.

Use a USB flash drive or memory card

You can also move files to Surface by copying them to a USB flash drive or memory card (microSD, microSDHC, and microSDXC cards all work with Surface), and then adding the files to Surface.

Here’s how:

Step 1: Copy files onto a USB flash drive or memory card on your other computer.
Step 2: Insert the USB flash drive or memory card into Surface. (To learn where these ports are located on your Surface, see Surface features.)
Step 3: Tap or click the notification that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen.
Step 4: Tap or click Open folder to view files or Import photos and videos.
File Explorer opens.
Step 5: Select the files or folders you want to add to Surface.
Step 6: Tap or click Home, and then tap or click Copy to.
Step 7: Select a location. For example, choose Documents if the flash drive or memory card contains documents.

For help using File Explorer, see How to work with files and folders.