Apple’s Magic Mouse works wirelessly using Bluetooth when switched on and paired with your Windows or Mac. If the mouse came with your Mac, it’ll’ already be paired and will automatically connect once you switch on your device. But if you bought the mouse separately or want to set it up again, you’ll have to pair it with your device.
To pair the Magic Mouse 1 with your Mac, go to System Preferences in the Apple menu and then to Bluetooth. Select your mouse from the list and click connect. In the case of the Magic Mouse 2, connect it via a lightning-to-USB cable to your Mac and turn it on. Your Bluetooth menu will now include your mouse, and you’ll get a notification that it is connected. Disconnect the cable to use the mouse. For Windows, go to Bluetooth and click on ”Add Bluetooth or Other Device.” Select “Bluetooth,” choose the mouse from the list, and click “Connect.”
Read on for a more detailed description of how to pair your Magic Mouse to your Mac and Windows devices.
How To Pair Magic Mouse
The way to pair your Magic Mouse depends on whether you have the Magic Mouse 1 or 2 and whether you want to pair it with your Mac or Windows device. Let’s discuss all of them in detail.
How To Pair Your Magic Mouse With Windows
Before pairing your Magic Mouse 1 with your Windows device, insert 2 AA batteries in the bottom. If you have the Magic Mouse 2, make sure it’s charged. If you have a new one, it will already come charged; otherwise, charge it for 10 minutes, and you’ll’ be able to use it.
For quick pairing, turn off Bluetooth on nearby devices, including your mobile phones, Bluetooth speakers, desktop computers, and laptop.
Next, put your mouse into the pairing mode by turning it off and on again from the bottom. Wait till the green light above the power starts blinking. Then, here’s what you need to do:
- Open up Bluetooth settings.
- Click “Add Bluetooth or Other Device” on the top of the device.
- Click on “Bluetooth.”
- Choose your mouse from the list of devices. It might take a few minutes for the Magic Mouse to appear on the list.
- Next, follow the on-screen instructions. If you’re’ asked for a numeric code while pairing the two, enter 0000, and it should work.
How To Pair Your Magic Mouse 1 With Mac
If you have the Magic Mouse 1 (the one with batteries), make sure the batteries have enough juice and that they are inserted into the mouse properly. Then, turn on your mouse. Now, the next steps depend on whether you have a Mac with a trackpad like the MacBook Air or Pro, a different mouse connected to your Mac, or no mouse connected at all.
If You Already Have a Mouse
If you have a trackpad on your Mac laptop, right-click on it to open up the menu options. And if you have a different mouse connected to your laptop or Mac desktop, then here’s what you have to do:
- Click on the Apple menu.
- Go to “System Preferences.”
- Choose “Bluetooth.”
- Finally, select your mouse from the available devices and click on “Connect.”
If You Don’t’ Have a Mouse
You can use keyboard shortcuts if you have a Mac desktop but don’t have any mouse connected to it. Here’s how:
- Press the space bar while holding the “Command” key to open “Spotlight Search.”
- In the search field, enter “Bluetooth.”
- Choose “Bluetooth File Exchange” using the arrow key and hit “Enter/Return.”
- Press “Enter/Return” once more.
- Make sure your Magic Mouse is switched on. Click on it once to make it discoverable.
- You’ll now see a menu with a list of unconnected and connected devices.
- Again, use the arrow to choose your mouse and hit “Enter/Return.”
- Finally, hit “Enter/Return” to select “Connect.”
How To Pair Your Magic Mouse 2 With Mac
The Magic Mouse 2 doesn’t come with replaceable batteries. Instead, it comes with a lightning port. To pair it with your Mac, you first need to connect it using a lightning-to-USB cable. Next, switch it on using the switch at the bottom. You might need to get an adapter depending on the Mac you have.
Once you connect the cable, the mouse will pair to your Mac and you’ll see it show up in the Bluetooth menu. You’ll also get another notification that your mouse is wirelessly connected. Now, all you need to do is disconnect the cable to start using the mouse.
Whether you have the Magic Mouse 1 (known as the original Magic Mouse) or Magic Mouse 2 (now called Magic Mouse) and whether you want to connect it to your Mac or Windows device, we have you covered. Just follow the steps above and you’ll be good to go.