How to charge Surface

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

Here’s some info about charging your Surface and what Microsoft-licensed power supplies are available for Surface.

For Surface Studio power information, see Troubleshoot power problems with Surface Studio models.

Having issues charging your Surface, or other battery related issues? See Surface Battery won’t charge or Surface won’t run on battery.

Connect your charger

To begin charging your Surface, connect the power supply that came with your Surface to a power source such as a wall outlet, power strip, or surge protector.

Test connections on USB charger.

You can plug the charging connector into the charging port on your Surface in either direction, except on Surface 3 where the charging connector must be plugged in with cable extending down and the LED indicator  facing you.

When the power supply is connected to your Surface, connected to a power source, and your Surface is receiving power, the LED indicator on the tip of the power supply's charging connector will be lit.

If the LED indicator  is not lit, you may have an issue with your power supply. For more info, see What to do if your Surface power supply or charger doesn't work.

We strongly recommend that you use only a genuine Microsoft or Microsoft-licensed power supply, one that either came with your Surface or was purchased separately, to charge the battery. You can purchase Microsoft-licensed power supplies from the Microsoft Store.

For devices using USB-C

For Surface devices that have a USB-C port, you can choose to charge your device using that. If you choose to do so, keep these things in mind:

  • For best performance, we recommend using a USB-C charger that provides at least the same wattage as the power supply that was included with your Surface. For more info about Surface power supplies, see Surface power supplies and charging requirements, below.
  • If you connect a lower-voltage charger or a USB-A charger with a USB-A-to-USB-C cable, your device may charge slowly or you may receive a “PC isn’t charging” error. Please connect a recommended charger instead.
  • If the battery is drained, and the charger you’re using uses 60 watts or more, your Surface will instantly turn on when you plug it in. If you’re using a charger that uses less than 60 watts, your Surface must charge to 10% before it will turn on.
  • You won't be able to charge your Surface with a Surface Connect charger and USB-C charger at the same time. If both are connected, your Surface will only charge from the Surface Connect charger.
  • Surface Studio 2 has a USB-C port, but it doesn't have a battery and doesn't receive inbound power through USB-C. You should use the power cord that came with your Surface Studio 2 for power.
  • If you experience charging issues when using a USB-C port, see Fix USB-C problems.

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