How to Use Mouse on iPad – What You Need

This article is a guide on How to Use a Mouse on your iPad. Just a few advanced mobile experts know that mouse can be connected and used on a smartphone. Apple’s iPad has taken pride in becoming a lot of things to many of its users. Some can use it as a cinema screen, e-reader, word device, with other utilities depending on which app you install in it.

How to Use Mouse on iPad
How to Use Mouse on iPad

For users who want a little more precision than their fingers allow on a touchscreen, you can connect a Bluetooth mouse to your device. While this was added to an earlier iteration of the system, it is buried in the Settings app.

How to Use Mouse on iPad

Other than a Bluetooth mouse, you can connect a non-Bluetooth mouse to your iPad with the use of a dongle. Note that if your iPad has a lightning port, then you will need to get an adapter to convert it. Follow the steps in this article to let you connect and use a mouse on your iPad. Keep in mind that it is also similar to other smartphones other than iOS devices.

What You Need

To get this connection setup done and dusted, you will need:

  • iPad operating on iPadOS 13.4 or later. That is an iPad Air 2 or later, iPad 5th generation or later, or an iPad mini 4 or later
  • A Bluetooth mouse of any model

Connect a Mouse to iPad Via Dongle

If you have a mouse that comes with a dongle, you can just plug it into the iPad. A USB-A mouse required a dongle for use either a USB-C or lightning port, depending on the iPad. USB-C mouse will work on recent iPads without the use of a dongle. After the dongle is plugged in, you can turn on the mouse and the cursor will appear on the iPad screen.

Connect a Bluetooth Mouse to iPad

When connecting a Bluetooth device, it is right to check that your Bluetooth has power. You will also have to put the device in pairing/discovery mode. To connect a Bluetooth mouse to your iPad, follow the step below:

  • Turn on the Bluetooth mouse
  • Go to your iPad’s Settings app
  • Tap on Bluetooth, and toggle it on
  • If your device is ready to pay, you will see the mouse under the “Other Devices” section
  • It may take a few seconds to appear, but if it doesn’t turn off and turn on the mouse again
  • When the mouse appears on the Bluetooth section, tap on it
  • Depending on the mouse, you might be asked for a code. Apple’s Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad will require “0000” as a code. Others will be listed out on the mouse manual, so ensure to check
  • Some of the Bluetooth mouse may pair instantly without a code

Once connected, you will see a small, circular cursor on the iPad screen. Now, you can use the mouse to control and navigate on the iPad.

Customize Your iPad Mouse

Now that your mouse and iPad are connected, you will be able to tweak what the buttons do on the iPad’s menu. To do so, follow the step below:

  • On your iPad, go to the Settings app
  • Tap on Accessibility from the sidebar
  • On the accessibility options, select and tap on “Touch”
  • Toggle on the AssistiveTouch if it is off
  • Scroll down and tap on “Devices”
  • Identify the connected mouse, and then tap on “Customize Additional Buttons”
  • Based on the type of mouse, you will have a varying number of customizable buttons
  • Select a button and choose what the action triggers
  • Options include standard click, double-tapping, and many more
  • After setting up what each button does, you can tap on the mouse name to return to the settings menu

And that’s it.


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