With iPadOS 13.4, hooking up a mouse to your iPad is a lot simpler than it was when iPadOS 13 first dropped, and the overall experience has improved, as well. (Unfortunately, it looks like Apple pulled mouse support for the iPhone with the update.) And at long last, you can finally hook up Apple’s own Magic Mouse 2 without diving deep into the Settings app or worrying about support dropping after iPadOS updates. Below, we’ll show you how to hook everything up. 

Updated 3/20/2020 to reflect the extensive changes in iPadOS and iOS 13.4.

At the time of writing, you need to be on the public beta for iPadOS and iOS 13.4 for the steps below to work. If you don’t want to worry about the uncertainties associated with downloading a beta, the official patch will drop in just a few days on Tuesday, March 24.

But with that out of the way, let’s jump in!

How to set up a Bluetooth mouse on an iPad or iPhone

The easiest way to use a mouse with your iPad is to set it up with Bluetooth. Any old Bluetooth mouse should work, including Apple’s own Magic Mouse 2. Before iPadOS 13.4, you had to dig in the Accessibility menu in order to pair some specific Bluetooth mice like Apple’s own Magic Mouse 2, but now you can do it straight through the regular Bluetooth interface.

Note: Unfortunately, if you want to use a Bluetooth mouse with your iPhone, you’ll be better off using a third-party device. The Magic Mouse 2 doesn’t appear to work at all. I could get the Magic Mouse 1 to pair, but only if I followed the pre-iOS 13.4 steps outlined below in the section “How to set up a wired mouse on an iPhone” (after pairing the mouse through Bluetooth). You’ll also need a PIN to pair a Magic Mouse with your iPhone, which is 0000.

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But back to business.

First, make sure the Bluetooth mouse you want to use is unpaired with any Mac or PC. On the Mac, you can do this by going to the Settings app on your Mac, pressing Bluetooth, and then right-clicking on the trackpad or mouse in the list you see. Click Remove and the mouse will unpair.



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