How to Pair Surface Pen?

While the exact process depends on whether you have Windows 10 or 11, pairing your Surface Pen involves adding it as a Bluetooth device, pressing and holding the top button of the pen for a few seconds, and then selecting your pen to pair with the Surface.

The Surface Pen is a helpful accessory that allows you to write and draw on Surface devices with no lag. The device also provides a unique and interesting way to navigate and click, and feels incredibly natural to use.

But in order to use your Surface Pen, you need to pair it with your Surface device of choice. This guide is going to take you through that process to ensure you can easily use the Surface Pen to streamline your experience.

Key Takeaways

  • The process for pairing your Surface Pen includes adding it as a Bluetooth device, pressing and holding the top button until the light flashes, and then selecting the proper pen to pair it with the device.
  • If the pen cannot be paired, the behavior of the light can often help tell you what the problem is.
  • The Surface Pen can be used for drawing, writing, navigating and so much more, and there are plenty of apps that support the pen.

How to Pair the Surface Pen

Pairing the Surface Pen to your Surface or Surface Pro device is thankfully a very easy process. However, the process will differ depending on whether you are using Windows 10 or Windows 11.

If you are on Windows 10, you begin by going to Settings > Devices > Add Bluetooth or other device > Bluetooth. Next, press and hold the top button of the pen for 5-7 seconds, until the light flashes white. The pen is now in Bluetooth pairing mode.

On the device, you should now be able to select your Surface Pen to complete the pairing. If your device uses Windows 11, the process differs slightly. You will start by going to Settings > Bluetooth & devices > Add device > Bluetooth.

From there, you will once again press the top button of the pen until it flashes white, and then select your pen from the options to pair it to your Surface.

These will help you pair not only a standard Surface Pen, but also the Surface Slim Pen. If you follow the proper steps, but don’t see the Surface Pen to be able to be paired, take a closer look at the LED light.

If the light is blinking continuously, it is trying to pair to the device and is receiving power. Simply  restart the Surface and try again. If this persists, it is likely an issue with the pen. Next, if the LED only blinks for two or three seconds, it is already paired to a different Surface device.


Here are some commonly asked questions about Surface Pens, along with their answers.

How do I charge my Surface Pen?

This depends on the type of Surface Pen you have. If you have a standard Surface Pen, you will need to replace the batteries, not charge the pen. If you have a Surface Slim Pen, you will need a charging accessory like the Surface Pen charger or a Surface Pro Signature keyboard.

Why is my Surface Pen not working?

If your Surface Pen isn’t working, it could be for a couple of reasons. You might not have the latest Windows update, the battery may be dead, it might not be paired, or the app/program you are using doesn’t support the use of the Surface Pen.

Final Thoughts

The Surface Pen offers a natural and precise way to write and draw on a Surface, and can do so much for streamlining your experience on your device of choice. We hope that this guide has helped you learn how to quickly and easily pair the Surface Pen.

What is your favorite thing to do with the Surface Pen on your Surface device? Let us know in a comment below!

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