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How to use a mouse with iPad

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How to use a mouse with iPad

Apple has positioned the iPad as a productivity tool for a while now, and while many reviews are largely profitable, many feel that for the most part, it has failed to become a full and bona fide laptop replacement. However, that changed with the release of iOS 13.

With iOS 13, Apple finally allows users to use the mouse with tablets. However, even then the company tried to position the use of the mouse as an accessibility tool, which means that it’s not as easy as pairing or connecting a mouse and you’re done.

But don’t worry, by following our guide here, you will be able to pair your mouse with your iPad in minutes.

Requirements

To connect a mouse to iPad, you need to:

  • Mouse that is compatible with Bluetooth
  • An iPad running iOS 13 or newer

How to Connect a Mouse to iPad

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  1. Open your iPad Settings> Bluetooth and search for your mouse
  2. After iPad detects your mouse, click to pair it with the tablet

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3. On the left side of Settings, look for Accessibility

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4. Under Physical and Motorcycle, go to Touch> Assistive Touch and activate it

If you have followed all the steps above, after AssistiveTouch is activated, you will see a mouse cursor on your screen. However, we must point out that the mouse cursor for iPad is different from your typical pointer. This is just a circle with a dot in the middle, but you should be able to get used to it in a short amount of time.

Adjust Your Mouse Settings

After the mouse is paired and adjusted with iPad, you can continue and adjust it further. This includes changing what the mouse button does, the size and opacity of the pointer, and also the speed of the track.

Pointer Customization

1. Open Settings and go to Accessibility

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2. Under Physical and Motor, go to Touch, and under Pointer Devices, select Pointer Style

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3. Drag the slider to change the size of the pointer, or tap the color to change the color and opacity of the cursor

Customize Your Mouse Buttons

1. Open Settings and go to Accessibility

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2. Under Physical and Motor, go to Touch, and under Pointer Devices, select Devices

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3. Tap your partner’s mouse

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4. Tap the buttons to change what they do. You will be able to choose from a list of available actions

Change Tracking Speed

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  1. Open Settings and go to Accessibility
  2. Under Physical and Motorcycle, go to Touch, and look for Speed Tracking
  3. Drag the slider to the left to make it slower, and drag it right to make it faster

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