If you want to get into the BIOS (actually UEFI) on a Microsoft Surface 3 Tablet follow these instructions

  1. Power off the Surface – a reboot is not sufficient
  2. Press and HOLD the Volume UP button (on the left side of the tablet)
  3. Press and HOLD the Power button for FIVE seconds (on the top of the tablet)
  4. Release the Power button after five seconds but KEEP HOLDING THE VOLUME button until your see BIOS UEFI
  5. Have a nice day.


Kels300 · August 17, 2018 at 12:51 pm

Hey, way to go. This worked!

Grab · November 7, 2017 at 3:08 pm

Your way works on my new Surface Pro – I wasted 1/2 hour following the official MS procedure (mindlessly copied by tens of other sites on the first google search page!) – thank’s God you are there too. Thanks.

John · August 7, 2015 at 3:18 pm


samir · November 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

i make all step but the surface not working stil black screen

any help


    Ian Matthews · November 30, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Other than what I have already written, I can only say that it has taken me many attempts to get into the BIOS and I have seen experienced techs take 10+ tries before getting the timing right.

Questions or Comments?