If you love using your Magic Mouse with your MacBook or are considering purchasing one, you may wonder if it will work with an iPad. This is a question that many iPad owners ask, and the answer is: yes, a Magic Mouse will work with an iPad.
My name is Eric, and as an engineer, I love to figure out how to make things work. I grew up trying out and testing new technology starting in the late 1970s and have continued ever since. Connecting a Magic Mouse to an iPad can be pretty cool, and I can show you how to do it.
If you want to hear more about connecting a Magic Mouse to an iPad, keep reading below, and I will provide more detail and discussion around the topic.
- Just Connect It!
- An Advantage of Using a Magic Mouse with an iPad
Just Connect It!
Whether it’s a Magic Mouse or a Magic Mouse 2, all you need to do is connect it to your iPad. Both versions are Bluetooth devices, so as long as you have an iPad with working Bluetooth, you can connect them.
All you will need to do is follow the normal steps that you would in connecting any Bluetooth device to your iPad. Pair the device with the iPad, which will connect to it whenever it is turned on and in range. Just follow the steps below.
Step 1: Disconnect the Mouse from other computers
If the mouse is already connected to your MacBook or another computer, you must disconnect it from that system first. Go to the computer’s Bluetooth settings, find the mouse and click on disconnect.
Step 2: Turn on your iPad’s Bluetooth
If you don’t already have, it turned on, go to your iPad’s settings, then Bluetooth, and turn on Bluetooth.
Step 3: Select the Device
Wait for the mouse to appear in the Other devices list. Select the device, and it should pair it and connect it. If you are asked for a PIN when connecting, type 0000 (four zeros).
Your Magic Mouse should now be connected to your iPad and stay connected to the iPad as long as it is in range. If you take the iPad out of range and back, it should automatically reconnect.
Don’t forget, if you want to connect the Magic Mouse back to your computer or another device, you will need to disconnect it from the iPad. To do so, just go back to your Bluetooth settings, select the mouse and click on the disconnect button.
An Advantage of Using a Magic Mouse with an iPad
Many people may not think to use a mouse with an iPad. After all, iPads have a touch screen, so it’s what most people use to navigate and perform most actions on this type of device. That may be true, but there is a great advantage to using a mouse with an iPad.
If you use a mouse and a keyboard with your iPad, it can kind of turn it into a laptop. So, while an iPad is commonly used as a tablet, it can also be used as a laptop and serve a dual purpose for those who can’t afford to have both or don’t wish to have or carry both around with them.
At first, this may not seem like a huge difference to some, but there are certain applications like CAD and drawing applications in which you need a mouse to use efficiently. Having the ability to convert from a touchscreen tablet to a laptop can be a great advantage for many users.
If you have been wondering whether or not a Magic Mouse will work with an iPad, I have provided you with a quick answer and some details above, but this may lead to other questions. I have listed some of these questions below.
Can I use other Bluetooth pointing devices with an iPad?
Yes, you can use any Bluetooth mouse, trackpad, trackball, etc., with your iPad. As long as you can connect it through your Bluetooth settings and your iPad can find a driver, it can be used just as it would on your computer.
Will a USB mouse work with an iPad?
Yes, a USB mouse will work with an iPad. If you have a newer iPad with a USB-C port, you can get a USB-A to USB-C adapter and simply plug it in.
If you have an older iPad with a Lighting connector, you will need a USB to Lightning adapter. Either way, once you have the required connector, just plug the mouse in, and the iPad will detect and connect it.
Does the iPad’s touch screen still work when using a mouse?
Yes, it definitely will. While you will see the mouse pointer on the screen, it will not prevent the touch screen on your iPad from working. You can still touch the screen and perform the same actions as before the mouse was connected.
As explained above, both the Magic Mouse and the Magic Mouse 2 will work with an iPad. You can connect them just like you would any other Bluetooth device, and once connected; it will work just like it does on a laptop or desktop Mac.
What do you think about using an iPad as a laptop by connecting a mouse and a keyboard? Can it serve the same purpose as a laptop? Or is it not an adequate substitute? I would love to hear your opinions on this subject.