How to Connect Keyboard to Surface Pro

The method to connect your keyboard to your Surface Pro depends on the type of keyboard you have. Your keyboard may attach with a physical connection, or you may need to use Bluetooth to connect it.

While some people use their Surface Pro like a tablet, plenty of others choose to use it like a laptop. Having a keyboard can make typing simpler, improve navigation, and provide you with a completely different experience.

But in order to make use of this keyboard, you need to connect it to your device. Read on to learn how to properly connect a keyboard to your Surface Pro.

Key Takeaways

  • If your keyboard connects with a physical connection, simply snap the magnetic contacts in place to have it begin to work.
  • If your keyboard relies on a Bluetooth connection to work, simply add it as a device in the Bluetooth settings of your Surface Pro.
  • If your keyboard isn’t connecting, it could be dirty, damaged, or there is a problem within the settings of the device.

Connecting a Keyboard to a Surface Pro

If your keyboard physically connects to your Surface Pro, you simply need to snap the keyboard in via the magnetic connection. Both your device and the keyboard will have a connection that should automatically connect if you bring them close enough.

Once a strong connection has been made and all contacts are touching, you should be able to use the keyboard. If you find that the keyboard won’t connect, there are a few things to check. First, you need to make sure that all the pins are in line and connected correctly.

Also, make sure all the connection pins on both the device and the keyboard are clean and none are bent out of shape or damaged.

Connecting a Bluetooth Keyboard to a Surface Pro

If you want to use a Bluetooth keyboard on your Surface Pro, the process for connecting it is very different. The first step is to make sure that your Bluetooth setting is turned on, by going to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices and ensuring Bluetooth is on.

Next, on the same page, select Add Bluetooth or other device, and then click on Bluetooth. From the devices that pop up, choose your keyboard and follow the rest of the instructions on the screen. Once a connection has been established, you should be able to use the keyboard.

If the keyboard is not connecting, there can be a number of reasons. The keyboard drivers could be faulty, you may have keyboard settings disabled, or the keyboard itself could be damaged or be out of battery.


Here are a few frequently asked questions about Surface Pro keyboards, along with their answers.

Why is my Surface Pro keyboard not working?

If your Surface Pro keyboard isn’t working, it could be because of a number of different things. The connection pins might not be lined up, the keyboard could be damaged, some settings could be incorrect, or the keyboard could simply be dirty.

How can I properly care for my Surface Pro keyboard?

In order to keep your keyboard in good shape and working for years, you need to care for it well. You should keep it clean (both the keys and the connection pins), be careful when moving the keyboard, and always store it well to keep it from getting dusty or dirty.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, connecting your keyboard to your Surface Pro is a relatively simple process that only involves a couple of steps at most. Whether you have a keyboard that requires a physical connection, or one that uses Bluetooth, we hope that this guide has been able to help.

Is there anything else you feel that we should have mentioned or covered in this guide? If so, let us know below in a comment!

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