Surface power states

Applies to: Surface DevicesSurface

Learn how to turn your Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into different power saving states. 

Turn on and wake 

To turn on or wake your Surface, press the power button and wait few seconds. See the table below to find the power button on your device.

Surface model Where's the power button?
Surface Go or Surface Pro Top left or top right
Surface Studio Lower right
Surface Book or Surface Laptop Top right of the keyboard

Sleep and hibernation

If you don’t use your Surface for a few minutes, the screen turns off and your Surface goes to sleep, a power saving state. This allows the device to resume quickly when you want to start working again. 

If you don’t use your Surface for several hours, it will hibernate. Hibernation saves your work and turns off your Surface. When you start your Surface again, you’re back where you left off.

To change when the screen dims or turns off or when your Surface goes into power-saving sleep mode, select Start  > Settings  System Power & sleep . To view hibernation settings, go to Additional power settings > Change plan settingsChange advanced power settings. In Power Options, select Sleep Hibernate after.

On, off, sleep, hibernate and restart

Here’s a quick overview of the power states for Surface.

On or wake Press and release the power button on your Surface.
If nothing happens, connect the power supply and press the power button again. If your Surface still doesn’t turn on, see Surface won’t turn on, Windows won't start, or the battery won't charge.
Off or shut down Select Start  > Power  > Shut down.
Sleep Do any of the following:
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Don’t use your Surface for a few minutes.
  • Select Start  > Power Sleep.
  • Close your Type Cover or keyboard.
  • Close your Surface Book or Surface Laptop keyboard.
Hibernate If you don't use your Surface for several hours, it will hibernate. Hibernation is disabled on Surface Studio.
Restart Select Start  > Power  > Restart.
Force a shut down and restart your Surface See Force a shutdown and restart your Surface.

Wake and unlock

There are several ways to wake your Surface:

  • Press any key on your Surface Type Cover or keyboard.
  • Press any key on your Surface Book or Surface Laptop keyboard.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.
  • Open the lid on your Surface and wait for the screen to turn on.
  • Use your voice and say "Hey Cortana" to your Surface. Learn how to set it up at Activate "Hey Cortana" mode.

To unlock your Surface:

  1. Swipe up from the bottom edge of the screen or press a key.
  2. At the sign-in screen, enter your password. Your Surface is now ready to use.
    If you need help signing in, see Sign in to and out of your Surface.

Lock

To lock your Surface, do any of the following:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+Delete and select Lock.
  • Press the Windows logo key +L.
  • Select Start , select your account picture, then select Lock.