Connect a bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad

Learn how to pair your iPad with a wireless mouse or trackpad.

Before you begin

Connecting a bluetooth accessory to your iPad requires iPadOS 13.4. These iPad models support iPadOS 13 and later:

  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 or later
     
  • iPad (5th generation) or later
  • iPad mini 4 or later
     

How to connect a bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad

  1. Turn on your bluetooth accessory and place it near your iPad.
  2. Make sure that your accessory is in pairing or discovery mode.
    • Apple Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad should be ready to pair at this point.
    • If you're pairing a third-party accessory that you've used with another device, follow the pairing-mode steps from its manufacturer.
  3. Open the Settings app on your iPad.
  4. Tap Bluetooth.
  5. Look under Other Devices for your Bluetooth accessory, then tap its name to pair it with your iPad.

Depending on the accessory that you're connecting, you might need to take extra steps. Follow any on-screen instructions that appear. If you're pairing with Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad and you're asked to provide a code, use 0000 (four zeros).

If you're having trouble connecting your accessory, try these tips.

If you see a connectivity alert

When using a bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad, you might see an alert that says "Using this accessory may affect Wi-Fi and bluetooth connectivity."

Wireless interference can happen when you use a bluetooth accessory with some iPad models. The more bluetooth accessories that are connected to your iPad and active, the more likely you are to experience wireless performance issues.

If this happens, try disconnecting any bluetooth accessories that you're not using. In Settings > Bluetooth, tap the information button  next to the accessory's name, then tap Disconnect.

Reconnect, disconnect or forget the bluetooth accessory

After it pairs with your iPad for the first time, your accessory appears under My Devices in Settings > Bluetooth. Tap your accessory's name to reconnect it to your iPad when it's not connected.

To disconnect the accessory or have your iPad forget the accessory, tap the information button  next to its name.

More about iPad mouse and trackpad support

Using a wireless accessory with your iPad is similar to using one with a desktop or notebook computer. But there are some features that make the experience unique to iPad. Learn how to use a bluetooth mouse or trackpad with your iPad.

 

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