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How to Turn Off Your Surface Pen to Save Battery Life

Extend the battery life of your Surface Pen

Are you concerned about the battery life in your new Surface Pen? At this time, there currently isn’t an option to manually turn off your Surface Pen or turn it back on. So how do you prevent any unwanted battery drain? You should know the Surface Pen does have the ability to turn itself off when not in use. It can then turn itself back on once the pen is pressed to the screen of your Surface. While having this feature is great, some people might still experience issues with battery drain. The good new is, there are workarounds that can help preserve the life of the battery in your Surface Pen.

About the Surface Pen

Before we review any solutions, let’s talk a little about the Surface Pen. The Surface Pen, developed by Microsoft, is an active stylus that enables digital creators to interact with any Surface Pro device through means of inking on the touch screen.

There are many apps that allow users to draw or write naturally, and some apps work well with the Surface Pen’s ability to tilt.

The Surface Pen weighs very little and is available in a variety of colors depending on your preference. It has a solid build and fits a single AAAA battery that is included with the pen.

There are 3 ways you can turn off the Surface Pen to save battery life

As mentioned earlier in this post, the Surface Pen has the ability to turn off during periods of inactivity. This doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to help you extend the life of your pen’s battery even further. Let’s take a look at how we can do just that.

Option 1: Block the connection between the battery and the Surface Pen

This is good tip for extending the life of your AAAA battery in your Surface Pen. You essentially turn off the Surface Pen by placing a piece of paper between the battery and the connection inside of the pen. I think this is a great solution if you want to avoid misplacing the small AAAA battery.

How you can disable the battery in your pen:

Option 2: Remove the battery

This method is super simple. To turn off the Surface Pen, simply remove the battery. Do make sure you store the AAAA battery in a safe place. I tend to lose my batteries a lot.

Surface Pro Pen Pieces and Battery

Option 3: Purchase a new battery

While there are ways to preserve the Surface Pen battery life, it might be best to simply purchase a new battery when your current battery dies. AAAA batteries are very cheap and easy to replace. Besides, they last a long time. Depending on your use, the battery in your Surface Pen should last anywhere between 4 months to a year. You can find AAAA batteries on Amazon. Both Duracell and Energizer are brands I recommend.

How you can replace the battery in your pen:


So there you have it. You now have three ways to turn off your Surface Pen to save battery life. With extended battery life, you’ll have the ability to create, write, and draw more, with less interruption.