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Bluetooth: How to set up your Apple Wireless Mouse or Magic Trackpad

Learn how to set up your Apple Wireless Mouse or Apple Magic Trackpad.

Check for software updates

First use Software Update to check for any new software your computer may need. After those updates are complete, check which version of Mac OS X your computer has by choosing About This Mac from the Apple () menu.

Apple Magic Mouse or Trackpad Mac OS X v10.8.x No updates required.
Apple Magic Mouse or Trackpad Mac OS X v10.7.x No updates required.
Apple Magic Trackpad Mac OS X v10.6.4 Update to Mac OS X 10.6.5 or later
Apple Magic Mouse Mac OS X v10.5.8 Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0 for Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard
Apple Magic Mouse Mac OS X v10.6.1 Wireless Mouse Software Update 1.0 for Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard
Wireless Mighty Mouse and first generation Apple Wireless Mouse Mac OS X v10.2.6 or earlier Apple Wireless Keyboard and Mouse software that came with your mouse


Check Bluetooth

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on and your device is discoverable. Choose System Preferences from the Apple () and then Bluetooth from the View menu. If you don’t see Bluetooth in the View menu, your computer does not have a built-in Bluetooth module.

Use a wired USB keyboard and mouse during setup

During the setup process, use a USB mouse to speed up the setup of your Apple Wireless Mouse or Magic Trackpad. Keep a USB mouse connected to the computer until you've completed setting up the Apple Wireless Mouse. After setup is complete, you can disconnect the USB mouse.

Follow the setup steps below to make your Apple Wireless Mouse or Magic Trackpad "discoverable" and pair it with your Mac.

Set up your Magic Trackpad

  1. Open Trackpad preferences by choosing System Preferences from the Apple () menu then choosing Trackpad from the View menu.
  2. Click Setup Bluetooth Trackpad in the lower-right corner of the Trackpad preferences pane.
  3. Turn on the Magic Trackpad by pressing the on/off button until the indicator light comes on. The indicator light glows steadily for 2 to 3 seconds to indicate the batteries are good. After that, the light will blink to indicate your trackpad is in discovery mode.
    The on/off switch location on Magic Trackpad
    Note: If the light on the trackpad does not glow or flash when you turn on the trackpad, make sure the batteries are properly charged and installed
  4. After five to ten seconds, the Magic Trackpad name should appear in the Search preferences.
  5. Click Continue. The Setup Assistant will try to pair with the trackpad.
  6. When the computer and trackpad have successfully paired, the Trackpad preferences pane will expand to show all configurable options and battery level in the lower-left corner.

You should now be able to use your Apple Magic Trackpad. 

Set up your Apple Wireless Mouse

  1. Open Mouse System Preferences by choosing System Preferences from the Apple () menu then choosing Mouse from the View menu.
  2. Click Setup Bluetooth Mouse in the lower-right corner of the Mouse preferences pane.
  3. Turn on the mouse by sliding the mouse power switch to the on position. The indicator light above the power switch glows steadily for 5 seconds to indicate the batteries are good.  After that, the indicator light should begin to flash to indicate the mouse is in discovery mode.
    Note: If the light on the bottom of the mouse does not glow or flash when you turn on the mouse, make sure the batteries are properly charged and installed.

    Figure 3, above: Slide the Magic Mouse power switch up to turn it on. Note: The power switch on the Mighty Mouse and Apple Wireless Mouse power switch is in the center on the bottom of the mouse.
  4. After five to ten seconds, the mouse name should appear in the Search preferences.
  5. Click Continue. The Setup Assistant will try to pair with the mouse.
  6. When the computer and mouse have successfully paired, the Mouse System Preferences will expand to show all configurable options and battery level in the lower-left corner.

You should now be able to use your Apple Wireless Mouse.

If you don't have a USB device, Mac OS X may be able to pair your wireless device without it.

USB device not found

Important: Information about products not manufactured by Apple is provided for information purposes only and does not constitute Apple’s recommendation or endorsement. Please contact the vendor for additional information.
Last Modified: Aug 25, 2014
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