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Introduction

Follow this guide to replace the kickstand on your Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

  1. Place your device screen-down on a clean work surface. Place your device on top of a clean cloth, such as a microfiber towel, if you feel the need to protect against scratching. Open the kickstand as wide as it is designed to go (about 135 degrees).
    • Place your device screen-down on a clean work surface.

    • Place your device on top of a clean cloth, such as a microfiber towel, if you feel the need to protect against scratching.

    • Open the kickstand as wide as it is designed to go (about 135 degrees).

  2. Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 3.3 mm screws securing each hinge to the kickstand. Support the kickstand from behind to prevent damage to the hinges while removing the screws.
    • Use a T5 Torx screwdriver to remove the two 3.3 mm screws securing each hinge to the kickstand.

    • Support the kickstand from behind to prevent damage to the hinges while removing the screws.

    • Do not remove the kickstand yet.

    • The kickstand remains held in place by two flexible appendages between the hinges.

  3. Press the kickstand from directly behind the hinges and close it fully. Do not exert force on the kickstand anywhere except for behind the hinges. This step does not apply during reassembly.
    • Press the kickstand from directly behind the hinges and close it fully.

    • Do not exert force on the kickstand anywhere except for behind the hinges.

    • This step does not apply during reassembly.

  4. Pull the kickstand straight out from the bottom of the device. Begin reassembly now before proceeding to steps 5 and 6: Install your new kickstand by inserting its two appendages into the back of the device.
    • Pull the kickstand straight out from the bottom of the device.

    • Begin reassembly now before proceeding to steps 5 and 6:

    • Install your new kickstand by inserting its two appendages into the back of the device.

    • Press your new kickstand towards the top of the device until it is fully inserted.

    • Open the kickstand 180 degrees to expose the hinges.

  5. To open the hinge, insert your T5 Torx screwdriver into one of the screw holes and gently pry towards the top of your device until the hinge is exposed. Make sure the complete step 4 and begin installing the kickstand first. Make sure the complete step 4 and begin installing the kickstand first.
    • To open the hinge, insert your T5 Torx screwdriver into one of the screw holes and gently pry towards the top of your device until the hinge is exposed.

    • Make sure the complete step 4 and begin installing the kickstand first.

  6. Use your fingers or the flat end of a spudger to pry the hinge up into its fully open position. Use your fingers or the flat end of a spudger to pry the hinge up into its fully open position.
    • Use your fingers or the flat end of a spudger to pry the hinge up into its fully open position.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

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3 Comments

Is there a way to fix or replace the hinge? The kickstand on my Surface Pro is fine but the left hinge broke so now it won’t hold it up

Joel Hanson - Reply

Joel - did you find a solution? My left hinge broke a week ago and I’m looking for a solution. Thanks!

Cora Willett -

I’m sorry for the delayed reply. I didn’t check on the hinges when I was working on the guide and unfortunately I don’t have the device still. In my online research, I found that the hinges are replaceable but I wasn’t able to find replacement parts.

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