Surface docking stations

Applies to: Surface Devices

The docking stations for Surface Pro models, Surface Go, Surface Book, and Surface 3 are designed so you can switch quickly from portable to the power of a full desktop system.

Get to know your docking stations

You can use a docking station to connect your Surface to full-size monitors, an Ethernet connection, external speakers, and more. The docking station also charges your Surface.

There are two types of docking stations available for Surface.

  • The docking stations for Surface Pro, Surface Pro 2, Surface Pro 3, and Surface 3 hold your Surface in a frame. To dock your Surface, you place it in the frame of the docking station and slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.
  • Surface Dock (compatible with Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, and Surface Go) is a port replicator with a compact design that doesn’t require you to dock your Surface. Your Surface simply connects to Surface Dock using a single cable. For more info on Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Docking station models

There are four Surface docking station models.

  • Docking station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

A picture identifies the ports on the docking station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2

  • Docking station for Surface Pro 3

A picture identifies the ports on the docking station for Surface Pro 3

  • Docking station for Surface 3

A picture identifies the ports on the docking station for Surface 3

  • Surface Dock (available for Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro (5th Gen), Surface Pro (5th Gen) with LTE Advanced, Surface Pro 6, Surface Laptop (1st Gen), Surface Laptop 2, Surface Book, Surface Book 2, and Surface Go)

Surface Dock

For details on Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Power port The power port connects your docking station to a power supply, allowing it to recharge your Surface.
Mini DisplayPort

The Mini DisplayPort is where you connect your external monitor. Depending on your monitor’s connectors, you may need a video adapter (sold separately).

USB ports

Transfer large files to an external drive, connect a USB printer or headset, charge accessories, and more.

  • Docking Station for Surface Pro and Surface Pro 2 has one USB 3.0 port and three USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Pro 3 Docking Station has three USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports. The USB 3.0 port on your Surface Pro 3 is available for use when your Surface is in the docking station.
  • Surface 3 Docking Station has two USB 3.0 ports and two USB 2.0 ports.
  • Surface Dock has four USB 3.0 ports.
Audio ports

Connect your favorite audio accessories to your docking station’s 3.5mm audio port.

Ethernet port When you need the reliability of a wired network connection, you can connect your Surface to a wired network via the docking station’s Ethernet port.

Set up your docking station

Once you’ve unpacked your docking station, position it on your desk, leaving any necessary cords or cables where you can access them easily. Now you’re ready to set it up for use.

Set up your work space and plug in

  1. Plug the AC end of the docking station's power cord into an electrical outlet or power strip and plug the other end into the charging port on the docking station.
  2. If you want to use a wired network connection, connect a network cable to the Ethernet port on the back of the docking station.

  3. Connect your computer peripherals to the USB ports on the docking station.
  4. Connect a cable from your monitor to the Mini DisplayPort on the docking station.

    If your monitor cable doesn’t have a Mini DisplayPort connector, you’ll need to buy another cable or an adapter. For more info on adapters, see Connect Surface to a TV, monitor, or projector.

  5. Connect any audio accessories such as speakers.

    Without external speakers, you may not hear audio when you’re using your Surface. If this is the case, see Troubleshoot Surface docking stations to learn how to switch to the built-in speakers on your Surface.

Connect your Surface to the docking station

Depending on the type of docking station you’re using, you’ll either place your Surface in the docking station or use Surface Connect to connect to it.

  1. Unplug the Surface power supply and remove any attached accessories from your Surface. If you’re using a Typing Cover, open it so it lies flat.

    If you have a Surface 3, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, Surface Pro, or Surface Laptop, you can leave anything you may have connected to the USB port or the Mini DisplayPort.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • If you’re using a docking station that holds your Surface, slide your Surface down into the docking station and slide the sides of the docking station into the sides of your Surface.

    An animated graphic shows a Surface device sliding down into a docking station and a monitor behind that docking station turning on to display the same image as on the Surface

    • If you’re using Surface Dock, connect your Surface using the cable provided. For more info on setting up Surface Dock, see Using Surface Dock.

Install the latest Surface and Windows updates

To ensure that your Surface is ready to take full advantage of the docking station, install the latest Surface and Windows updates. Here's how:

  1. Place your Surface in the docking station or connect your Surface to your Surface Dock and make sure the docking station is getting power.

  2. Go to Start , and select Settings > Update & security > Windows Update.
  3. Select Check for updates. If updates are available, select Details.
  4. Select the updates you want to install, and select Install.

    You may need to restart your Surface after updates have installed.

Set up your monitor

After you’ve connected your Surface and your external monitor to the docking station, you can choose what to display on each screen. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Start , and select Settings > System > Display.
  2. Under Multiple displays, choose one of the following options:

    • Duplicate these displays. Your screen appears on two screens.
    • Extend these displays. Your screen is spread over two screens, and you can drag items between the two screens.
    • Show only on __. Your screen appears on the selected screen, and the other screen is blank.