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Surface Pen Not Working? Here's How to Fix It

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Image credit : Help Desk Geek The Microsoft Surface Pen is a powerful tool that enhances the versatility of Surface devices, enabling users to draw, take notes, and interact with their devices in unique ways. However, like any technology, it may encounter issues from time to time. One common problem that Surface Pen users may face is when it stops working or becomes unresponsive. This can be frustrating, especially when you rely on the pen for creative work or productivity tasks. In this guide, we will delve into the various troubleshooting steps and solutions to help you resolve the issue of a non-functioning Surface Pen. Whether you're an artist, a student, or a professional, understanding how to fix a Surface Pen that's not working can save you time and frustration, allowing you to get back to your tasks with ease. Before getting started here is the list of potential reasons for your Microsoft Surface Pen is not working properly
  • Low or Dead Battery
  • Bluetooth Connectivity Issues
  • Outdated Drivers
  • Physical Damage
  • Faulty Hardware
  • Software Glitches
  • Incorrect Pen Settings
  • Dirt or Debris
  • Battery Saver Mode
  • Firmware Issues
  • Incompatible Apps
Let's explore the solutions to rejuvenate your Surface Pen's performance and restore it to its full potential. [caption id="attachment_193198" align="aligncenter" width="1920"]Surface-Pen-tip-not-working-eraser Image credit : Windows Report[/caption]

How to Fix a Surface Pen Not Working

Try these fixes in order until your Surface Pen is working again. Download the latest Windows update. Your Surface Pen might not be working due to a simple reason that is not installing the latest windows update on your Surface Pro, Go, Book, or Laptop.  Executing an update entails downloading the most recent Windows OS patch, which, in turn, upgrades and rectifies the device drivers responsible for ensuring the correct functionality of peripherals such as the Surface Pen. Verify Your Surface Pen’s Compatibility Surface Pens come in diverse designs, specifications, and feature sets. Consequently, it's important to note that not every Surface Pen will be compatible with your Microsoft Surface or Windows PC. If you're uncertain about the specific Surface Pen model you possess, you can consult Microsoft Support documentation for clarification. This resource also provides comprehensive information about the features, specifications, and device compatibility details for all Surface Pen models. Check the Surface Pen's battery You can check the battery level of your Microsoft Surface Pen by following these steps: Pair Your Surface Pen: Ensure that your Surface Pen is paired or connected to your Surface device via Bluetooth. If it's not paired, go to your device's Bluetooth settings and connect it. Open Bluetooth Settings On Windows 10 or 11: Click on the "Start" button, go to "Settings" (the gear-shaped icon), then select "Devices," and click on "Bluetooth & devices." On Windows 8.1: Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, tap "Settings," then select "Change PC settings." Choose "PC and devices," and then "Bluetooth." Check Battery Level [caption id="attachment_193200" align="aligncenter" width="2465"]Surface Pen's battery Image credit : Surface Pro Artist[/caption] In the Bluetooth settings, you should see a list of connected devices. Look for your paired Surface Pen in the list. Next to your Surface Pen's name, you should see the battery level displayed, typically as a percentage. This indicates how much battery life is remaining in your Surface Pen. Keep in mind that the ability to check the battery level of your Surface Pen through Bluetooth settings may vary depending on your Surface device and the version of Windows you are using. Some older Surface Pen models may not support this feature, and in such cases, you may need to rely on visual or functional cues from the pen itself to determine when the battery is low, or you may need to replace the battery if it becomes unresponsive. Unpair and pair device If your Surface Pen still doesn't work, try unpairing and then pairing it again: Go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Under "Other devices," find your Surface Pen and select it. Click on "Remove device" to unpair it. Then, pair the pen again by clicking "Add Bluetooth or other devices" and selecting "Bluetooth." Restart Surface tablet Restart your Surface device to refresh its settings and drivers. Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues. Press and keep the volume up button along with the power button on your Surface tablet for a duration of 20 seconds. Let go of the buttons after this time. Now, press the power button to initiate the tablet's restart. Also read : How Virtual Keyboards for VR May Turn Any Flat Surface Into a Keyboard Try a Different Pen Tip If you have a Surface Pen with interchangeable tips, try replacing the tip with a new one. Sometimes, worn-out tips can affect pen functionality. Contact Microsoft Support If none of the above steps resolve the issue, it's possible that there's a hardware problem with your Surface Pen. In this case, contact Microsoft Support or visit a Microsoft Store for further assistance or a possible replacement. Remember to refer to your specific Surface device's user manual or the Microsoft Support website for device-specific troubleshooting tips, as the steps may vary slightly depending on the model and operating system version.

By Awanish Kumar

I keep abreast of the latest technological developments to bring you unfiltered information about gadgets.

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