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How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Learn how to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to navigate your iPad, and find out how to customize the experience.

Get connected

First, learn how to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad. To use this feature, you need an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later.

Navigate your iPad

When you connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad, a circular pointer appears on the display.

Move the mouse or swipe on the trackpad just as you would with a desktop or notebook computer. You can adjust how quickly the pointer moves, along with other trackpad and mouse settings.

As it moves across different elements on the screen, the pointer changes shape. For example, it turns into an I-beam over text, indicating that you can insert the pointer into a text document or highlight and copy words from a webpage:

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

When the pointer hovers over various parts of iPadOS, they also change appearance and use subtle animation to help you navigate. For example, toolbar buttons in apps change color, and app icons on the Home screen get bigger:

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

The pointer disappears after a few seconds of inactivity. To make it appear again, just move the mouse or touch the trackpad.

Adjust trackpad settings

To change how your Bluetooth trackpad works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the trackpad, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.
  • To make a tap on the trackpad register as a click, turn on Tap to Click.
  • To have a two-finger click or tap behave as a secondary click, turn on Two Finger Secondary Click.

In iPadOS, a secondary trackpad click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary trackpad click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Adjust mouse settings

To change how your Bluetooth mouse works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad & Mouse. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the mouse, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.

With a mouse, you can also choose a behavior for a secondary click. In iPadOS, a secondary click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary mouse click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

Select Secondary Click, then choose whether you want a secondary click to happen when you click on the left or right side of your mouse, or not at all. You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Customize the pointer

To change how the pointer looks and how it works, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility > Pointer Control. There, you can customize these features:

  • To make the pointer darker and less transparent, turn on Increase Contrast.
  • Tap Automatically Hide Pointer, then select how long you want the pointer to stay visible when it’s not moving.
  • To select a different color for the pointer, tap Color.
  • To make the pointer larger or smaller, drag the Pointer Size slider.
  • Turn on or turn off Pointer Animations.
  • To adjust how quickly pages scroll when you use your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, use the Scrolling Speed slider.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Show and hide the onscreen keyboard

Don’t see the onscreen keyboard when you have a trackpad or mouse connected? Tap the keyboard button in the lower-right corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, tap the show keyboard button . To hide the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button .

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How do I pair a magic mouse with an Ipad 3?

iPhone 3G, iOS 5.1

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You don’t. The iPad does not have a cursor, thus cannot be used with a wireless mouse.

Apr 30, 2012 9:17 PM

This is the only cursor you can use with an iPad.

May 1, 2012 6:41 AM

So this makes the Ipad virtually useless as a 2nd monitor. I see in many videos that Ipad users are connecting the Magic mouse to their unit, are they doing this against user agreement? If so, why would Apple prohibit such a useful function? The finger-technique is so far inferior to a mouse.

May 1, 2012 3:34 PM

You will have to jailbreak it to use a mouse. Personally I don’t miss the little rodent.

May 1, 2012 3:38 PM

I see in many videos that Ipad users are connecting the Magic mouse to their unit, are they doing this against user agreement?

Yes. It’s against the user agreement because they have hacked (jailbroken) their iPads. By doing so, they can face great consequences, so don’t do that.

If so, why would Apple prohibit such a useful function? The finger-technique is so far inferior to a mouse.

The iPad is a tablet – a mobile device. Touch screen vs. cursor is one of the main distinctions between mobile OS and computer OS, in my opinion.

Learn how to use a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to navigate your iPad, and find out how to customize the experience.

Get connected

First, learn how to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad. To use this feature, you need an iPad with iPadOS 13.4 or later.

Navigate your iPad

When you connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad, a circular pointer appears on the display.

Move the mouse or swipe on the trackpad just as you would with a desktop or notebook computer. You can adjust how quickly the pointer moves, along with other trackpad and mouse settings.

As it moves across different elements on the screen, the pointer changes shape. For example, it turns into an I-beam over text, indicating that you can insert the pointer into a text document or highlight and copy words from a webpage:

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

When the pointer hovers over various parts of iPadOS, they also change appearance and use subtle animation to help you navigate. For example, toolbar buttons in apps change color, and app icons on the Home screen get bigger:

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

The pointer disappears after a few seconds of inactivity. To make it appear again, just move the mouse or touch the trackpad.

Adjust trackpad settings

To change how your Bluetooth trackpad works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the trackpad, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.
  • To make a tap on the trackpad register as a click, turn on Tap to Click.
  • To have a two-finger click or tap behave as a secondary click, turn on Two Finger Secondary Click.

In iPadOS, a secondary trackpad click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary trackpad click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Adjust mouse settings

To change how your Bluetooth mouse works, go to Settings > General > Trackpad & Mouse. On the screen that appears, you can adjust these settings:

  • To adjust how quickly the pointer moves when you use the mouse, drag the Tracking Speed slider.
  • To make content track the movement of your fingers when you scroll, turn on Natural Scrolling.

With a mouse, you can also choose a behavior for a secondary click. In iPadOS, a secondary click acts like a long press on the iPad touchscreen, or a Control-click (or right-click) on a Mac. For example, when you use a secondary mouse click on an iPad app icon, its contextual menu appears.

Select Secondary Click, then choose whether you want a secondary click to happen when you click on the left or right side of your mouse, or not at all. You can also perform a secondary click on iPad with any pointing device by holding the Control key as you click.

Customize the pointer

To change how the pointer looks and how it works, open the Settings app and tap Accessibility > Pointer Control. There, you can customize these features:

  • To make the pointer darker and less transparent, turn on Increase Contrast.
  • Tap Automatically Hide Pointer, then select how long you want the pointer to stay visible when it’s not moving.
  • To select a different color for the pointer, tap Color.
  • To make the pointer larger or smaller, drag the Pointer Size slider.
  • Turn on or turn off Pointer Animations.
  • To adjust how quickly pages scroll when you use your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, use the Scrolling Speed slider.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Show and hide the onscreen keyboard

Don’t see the onscreen keyboard when you have a trackpad or mouse connected? Tap the keyboard button in the lower-right corner of the screen. In the menu that appears, tap the show keyboard button . To hide the software keyboard, tap the dismiss button .

Information about products not manufactured by Apple, or independent websites not controlled or tested by Apple, is provided without recommendation or endorsement. Apple assumes no responsibility with regard to the selection, performance, or use of third-party websites or products. Apple makes no representations regarding third-party website accuracy or reliability. Contact the vendor for additional information.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

In iPadOS 13.4, your devices gain the ability to use mice and external trackpads. This pointer device support gets closer than ever to turning your iPad into a full laptop replacement. It feels like Apple has turned pointing devices into first-class citizens on the iPad.

Here’s how to get set up and using a mouse or trackpad with your iPad.

How to pair a mouse or trackpad to your iPad

First thing you’ll want to do is connect your mouse or trackpad to your iPad. You can use a wire, but that’s just a simple matter of plugging it in. For pairing a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, such as the Magic Trackpad 2, here’s what you do.

  1. Put your mouse or trackpad into pairing mode by following the manufacturer’s procedure.
  2. Open Settings on your iPad.
  3. Tap Bluetooth.

Tap your mouse or trackpad under Other Devices.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphoneSource: iMore

Your pointing device will now be paired with your iPad.

How to manage pointer settings on iPad

Once you’re mouse or trackpad is connected, you can manage some of the available settings.

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap General if Settings doesn’t open on that tab.

Tap Trackpad or Trackpad & Mouse (depending on what pointer device is connected.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphoneSource: iMore

Tap the switch next to Natural Scrolling to turn natural scrolling (scroll down by swiping up, scroll up by swiping down, basically, the way scrolling works when you’re touching your iPad’s screen with your fingers) on or off.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphoneSource: iMore

Tap the switch next to Two Finger Secondary Click if it’s available to enable or disable that feature.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphoneSource: iMore

Questions?

Let us know in the comments if you have any questions about turning on and using a mouse with your iPhone or iPad.

Tim Brookes is a technology writer with more than a decade of experience. He’s invested in the Apple ecosystem, with experience covering Macs, iPhones, and iPads for publications like Zapier and MakeUseOf. Read more.

You can use your iPhone or iPad as a wireless keyboard or mouse with free software available on the App Store. While no official Apple solution exists, there are free third-party apps on the App Store that you can use instead.

First, Install iPhone App & Companion Server

There are a huge number of mouse and keyboard apps on the App Store, and the vast majority of them will probably get the job done. For this walkthrough, we chose Remote Mouse by Yao Ruan because it’s free (supported by advertisements), works as both a keyboard and a mouse, and is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

First, download Remote Mouse for your iPhone or iPad. Now, head to the Remote Mouse homepage and download the server. Make sure that you download the right server for your operating system. If you’re a Mac user, you can grab it from the Mac App Store.

With the app and companion server installed, it’s time to set everything up to work wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

Setting Up Your Wireless Mouse and Keyboard

For this to work, your iPhone or iPad will need to be on the same wireless network as the computer that you’re trying to control.

First, launch the server on your computer. Next, launch the mobile app on your iPhone or iPad and grant access to the local network and Bluetooth. You should be prompted to connect to a server, but if you’re not, tap on the “Not connected” bar at the top of the screen.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

You should see the name of your computer appear in the list. Tap on it to establish a connection.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll be prompted to grant Remote Mouse the access that it needs to control your computer. To do this, first, launch System Preferences > Security & Privacy, and then on the “Privacy” tab, select “Accessibility” from the list on the left.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Click on the padlock in the bottom-left corner of your screen and enter your admin password. You can now check the box next to “Remote Mouse” in the right-hand pane and allow it to control your computer.

All Done!

Dismiss any remaining notices on the screen, and then pick up your iPhone and iPad. You might need to dismiss some onscreen tips with a swipe, after which you should be able to use your iPhone to fully control your computer.

In our testing, lag was imperceptible in the same room as our MacBook Pro and wireless router. You can tap on the keyboard button in the bar that runs along the bottom of the app to bring up a keyboard and type as you normally would.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Use the “Fn” and “Ctrl” buttons to access key combinations that you don’t have readily available on an iPhone or iPad keyboard. Notice that any text that you type appears in the middle of the touchpad briefly, so you don’t have to constantly look up while typing at speed.

Use Your Android Device as a Mouse and Keyboard

Being limited to Wi-Fi is unfortunate, but you can always set up an ad-hoc local wireless network on your Mac and connect directly to it if you need mouse functionality but don’t have access to local Wi-Fi.

Got an Android device instead? Set it up as a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for an even better experience.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

When iPadOS 13 came out, I was delighted to discover that I could use a mouse with an iPad, as long as the mouse used Bluetooth. When Apple released iOS 13.4 and iPadOS 13.4, it added even more support for using a trackpad or wireless mouse for the iPad, iPad Pro, or even an iPhone, if it’s the correct model. Here’s how to connect your iPad mouse or trackpad to your tablet.

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If you have one of the iPad models below and your operating system is updated to iPadOS 13.4 or later, you’ll be able to connect a mouse to your iPad. Once you know how to connect a mouse to your iPad, check out our guide on how to use a Bluetooth mouse with an iPad.

iPad Models

  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 & later
  • iPad 5th generation & later
  • iPad mini 4 & later

How to Connect a Mouse to an iPad

  1. Turn on your Bluetooth mouse or Bluetooth trackpad and place it near your iPad or iPhone.
  2. Make sure your Bluetooth accessory is in discovery or pairing mode.
  3. Open the Settings app.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Tap Bluetooth and make sure Bluetooth is toggled on.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Look in the Other Devices section for the iPad mouse you want and click its name; it will pair.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

​Some iPad Bluetooth accessories may require a few extra steps; instructions will appear on screen if this is the case. If you’re pairing an Apple Magic Trackpad or Magic Mouse, you may need to enter a code at this point.

Wireless Mouse for iPad Won’t Pair?

The iPad mouse Bluetooth pairing feature is still a little buggy. For example, I easily paired both a Bluetooth trackpad and wireless mouse for iPad one week, then tried the next week and was unable to! Hopefully, this issue will be fixed in the next version of iPadOS, but until then, there is a workaround.

  1. Open the Settings app, then tap Accessibility.
  2. Tap Switch Control, then Switches.
  3. Don’t toggle Switch Control on, instead tap Bluetooth Devices.
  4. Your Bluetooth iPad mouse or trackpad should appear in the list of Bluetooth Devices. As before, tap the lower case i to pair your accessory.

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You can use your iPhone or iPad as a wireless keyboard or mouse with free software available on the App Store. While no official Apple solution exists, there are free third-party apps on the App Store that you can use instead.

First, Install iPhone App & Companion Server

There are a huge number of mouse and keyboard apps on the App Store, and the vast majority of them will probably get the job done. For this walkthrough, we chose Remote Mouse by Yao Ruan because it’s free (supported by advertisements), works as both a keyboard and a mouse, and is compatible with macOS, Windows, and Linux.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

First, download Remote Mouse for your iPhone or iPad. Now, head to the Remote Mouse homepage and download the server. Make sure that you download the right server for your operating system. If you’re a Mac user, you can grab it from the Mac App Store.

With the app and companion server installed, it’s time to set everything up to work wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

Setting Up Your Wireless Mouse and Keyboard

For this to work, your iPhone or iPad will need to be on the same wireless network as the computer that you’re trying to control.

First, launch the server on your computer. Next, launch the mobile app on your iPhone or iPad and grant access to the local network and Bluetooth. You should be prompted to connect to a server, but if you’re not, tap on the “Not connected” bar at the top of the screen.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

You should see the name of your computer appear in the list. Tap on it to establish a connection.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll be prompted to grant Remote Mouse the access that it needs to control your computer. To do this, first, launch System Preferences > Security & Privacy, and then on the “Privacy” tab, select “Accessibility” from the list on the left.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Click on the padlock in the bottom-left corner of your screen and enter your admin password. You can now check the box next to “Remote Mouse” in the right-hand pane and allow it to control your computer.

All Done!

Dismiss any remaining notices on the screen, and then pick up your iPhone and iPad. You might need to dismiss some onscreen tips with a swipe, after which you should be able to use your iPhone to fully control your computer.

In our testing, lag was imperceptible in the same room as our MacBook Pro and wireless router. You can tap on the keyboard button in the bar that runs along the bottom of the app to bring up a keyboard and type as you normally would.

How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone

Use the “Fn” and “Ctrl” buttons to access key combinations that you don’t have readily available on an iPhone or iPad keyboard. Notice that any text that you type appears in the middle of the touchpad briefly, so you don’t have to constantly look up while typing at speed.

Use Your Android Device as a Mouse and Keyboard

Being limited to Wi-Fi is unfortunate, but you can always set up an ad-hoc local wireless network on your Mac and connect directly to it if you need mouse functionality but don’t have access to local Wi-Fi.

Got an Android device instead? Set it up as a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard for an even better experience.

Apple bring the Mouse support on iPad & iPhone with iPadOS 13 & iOS 13 respectively. But despite being a good feature Apple is not advertising the feature so it may be possible that many users are unaware of this feature. Before the iOS 13 update, we had to use workarounds to use Mouse on iPads and iPhones. Now after the update iPad and iPhone supports both Wireless as well as Wired Mouse. Here you will know how to use mouse on iPad and iPhone.

Using the Mouse is comfortable in some cases and this feature is really useful especially on iPad. It supports Mouse but you need to tweak some settings in the case to make it work. But it doesn’t include installing any third-party apps at all. So if you like to use Mouse on your iPad and iPhone then follow the below guide.

How to Use Wireless Mouse on iPad and iPhone

Wireless mouse can be connected easily but you have to change some settings in order to use it. If you have a wireless mouse with a connector then you have to buy a Type C to USB converter to connect to your iPad or iPhone.

  1. First open Settings and go to Accessibility > Switch Control > Switches > Bluetooth Devices. How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone
  2. Turn on Bluetooth on your mouse and on your iPhone or iPad you will see the Mouse under Bluetooth devices.
  3. Connect your Mouse by clicking on it. Some mouse asks for a password and in most cases, the password is 0000.
  4. After the mouse is connected go to Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch.
  5. Now enable the AssistiveTouch. And it will bring the mouse pointer on your screen. But it will also bring a magic button (AssistiveTouch). How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone
  6. If you want to remove the magic button, then go to Assistive Touch and disable ‘Always Show Menu’.
  7. That’s it now you can use a wireless mouse on your iPad or iPhone.

Additionally, if you want to customize the button controls and mouse pointer then follow the below suggestions.

Customize Pointer Speed:

You can customize the pointer speed from the Assistive Touch settings.

Go to Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch and scroll down to the tracking speed section. Use the slider to set the sensitivity according to your choice.

Customize Button Controls:

You can also set custom controls for the buttons on your Mouse.

Go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch > Devices.

Select the connected devices and there you will see buttons. Choose any button and set the action of your choice.

Customize Pointer Style:

It also allows customizing pointer style like changing the icon, pointer size or color.

To customize pointer go to Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch > Pointer Style.

There you can use the slider to change pointer size and in the color section, you can change the pointer color.

Also, go through the settings in the Assistive Touch section to find out other interesting features.

How to Use Wired Mouse on iPad or iPhone

Older iPads do not allow connect wired mouses and give an error that the mouse requires too much power. Only a few specific Mouse work on older iPads. And to connect the wired mouse, you need to buy a dongle or connector to connect a mouse. The connector can be depending on the device support, like if the device has type c port then buy Type C to USB A convertor. If the device has a lightning port then buy lightning to USB A dongle.

  1. First, open Settings on your iPad or iPhone.
  2. Go to Accessibility > Touch > Assistive Touch. How to use a mouse with your ipad or iphone
  3. Now enable the Assistive Touch by toggling the switch.
  4. Then connect your Mouse to your iPad or iPhone with the connector you have.
  5. After connecting the pointer will show up and you can start using it.

To customize the pointer you can follow the same procedure mentioned in the wireless mouse section. Some Wired mouse does not work good and so the wireless mouse can be the better choice.

It is a good move from Apple to bring this option. And it is really useful for many users, especially iPad users.

So there you have it the complete guide on how to use Mouse on iPads and iPhones. If you have any questions on your mind let us know in the comment section.

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Apple unveiled the new operating system, specially optimised for iPad. Dubbed as iPadOS 13, the OS is based on the iOS 13 with some additional features specifically designed to make the user experience better. Out of every other essential feature, Apple brought the external peripheral support for the new iPadOS. Now that iPadOS is available for 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 11-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad (6th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad mini (5th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad Air (3rd generation) and iPad Air 2. Users can now connect their wired or wireless mouse with their device.

However, despite being advertised as the iPadOS feature, the iPhones running on iOS 13 has also received the mouse support .

Activating mouse support for iPad or iPhone is not as simple as plug-n-play like an Android device and users might have to follow some procedures to enable the feature.

So, if you are planning to use an external mouse with your iPad and iPhone, here’s our step-by-step guide for you.

Pre-requisites:
Make sure to install the iPadOS 13 or later
USB Type-C or Lightning OTG adaptor based on the device