Microsoft Surface 3 - Connect to a wireless network

Connect to a wireless network

You can connect your Surface to wireless networks using the built-in Wi-Fi. Some Surface models also come with built-in mobile broadband capability.

Connect to Wi-Fi

Step 1: Select wireless networkWi-Fi icon in the lower-right corner of the screen. 
A list of available wireless networks appears.
Step 2:

Select a wireless network and select Connect
If prompted, enter your network security key (network password) and select Next.

Step 3: If prompted, choose whether you want to share with other computers and devices on the network. 
Select No if you’re connecting to a network in a public place like a café.
Step 4: To see if you’re online, go to Start Windows logo, and select All Apps >Microsoft Edge
Some wireless networks may require you to enter a password in a browser window.


  • Make sure that your modem is connected to a working phone jack or cable connection, either directly or through your router.
  • Surface supports the Wireless-N standard. You’ll be able to connect no matter what standard (Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n) your router is using. In addition, Surface Pro 3, Surface Pro 4, and Surface Book support the Wireless-AC standard (Wi-Fi 802.11ac).
  • If you’re having trouble finding your wireless network in the list of available networks, your wireless router might not be set to broadcast its network ID (SSID). To turn on SSID broadcasting, check the info that came with the wireless router.

Disconnect from a wireless network

Step 1: Select wireless network Wi-Fi icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select the network that has a Connected status.
Step 3: Select Disconnect.

Forget a wireless network

You can choose to forget a wireless network so it no longer appears in your list of networks. Here’s how:

Step 1: Go to Start Windows logo, and select Settings.
Step 2: Select Network & Internet > Wi-Fi > Manage Wi-Fi settings.
Step 3: In the list of networks that appears under Manage known networks, select the network you want to forget and select Forget.

Turn Airplane mode on or off

If you’re traveling on an airplane or if you don’t need to use Wi-Fi or Bluetooth® devices for a while, you can turn on Airplane mode. Using this setting can help extend your battery charge.

Step 1: Select wireless network Wi-Fi icon in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Step 2: Select Airplane mode Airplane mode icon
If the icon is dimmed, Airplane mode is off.

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