Surface power states

Applies to: Surface Devices

Learn how to turn your Surface on, shut it down, restart and wake it, and put it into a power-saving state

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 type Where's the power button?
Tablet Top left or top right
Studio Lower right
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 into 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, go to 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 Go to Start , and select 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.
  • Go to Start , and select Power > Sleep.
  • Close your Type Cover.
  • 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 Go to Start , and select 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.
  • Press any key on your Surface Book or Surface Laptop keyboard.
  • Press and release the power button on your Surface.

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.
  • Go to Start , select your account picture, and select Lock.