Use accessories with your MacBook Pro
You can connect your MacBook Pro with other devices, like a keyboard, mouse, or trackpad; wearable devices like AirPods; and more. There are two ways to connect accessories: wirelessly using Bluetooth technology or by connecting a cable from the accessory to one of the Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C or Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports on your MacBook Pro.
Before you begin. Before you connect an accessory to your MacBook Pro, do the following:
Consult the documentation that came with your accessory.
If you are connecting with a cable, make sure you have the correct cable. You may also need an adapter to connect the cable to the port on your MacBook Pro. To learn more about your ports and their capabilities, see Take a tour of MacBook Pro.
Make sure your MacBook Pro is updated to the latest version of macOS.
Connect a wireless accessory
Turn Bluetooth on. Click the Control Center icon in the menu bar. The Bluetooth icon is blue when it’s turned on. If the icon is gray, click it to turn Bluetooth on.
Pair a Bluetooth accessory. The first time you use a Bluetooth accessory with your MacBook Pro, you must pair them. Consult the documentation that came with your accessory to make sure it is ready to pair—for instance, you may need to flip a switch on the accessory to turn on Bluetooth. Both your Mac and the accessory must be turned on and near each other.
When your accessory is ready to pair, open System Settings on your Mac and click Bluetooth in the sidebar. Select the accessory in the Nearby Devices list, then click Connect.
Connect a Bluetooth accessory. After you’ve paired an accessory, it automatically connects to your MacBook Pro. You can check to see what Bluetooth devices you have connected to your MacBook Pro by clicking the Control Center icon in the menu bar, then move your pointer over Bluetooth and click the arrow . Accessories that appear in the list with a blue icon are connected.
If your accessory isn’t automatically connecting, open System Settings on your Mac and click Bluetooth. Make sure the accessory appears in the My Devices list. If it doesn’t appear, follow the steps to pair the accessory.
Disconnect or forget a Bluetooth accessory. To disconnect a Bluetooth accessory, open System Settings on your Mac and click Bluetooth. In the My Devices list, move your pointer over the accessory, then click Disconnect. To forget a Bluetooth accessory so your MacBook Pro doesn’t automatically connect to it, click the Information icon next to the accessory, then click Forget This Device.
Connect a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or Magic Keyboard. Connect the Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or Magic Keyboard to your MacBook Pro using the cable provided with your accessory. Then, slide the switch on your accessory to on, so that the green is visible. Your accessory then pairs with your Mac.
After the accessory is paired with your MacBook Pro, you can disconnect the cable and use the accessory wirelessly. Your Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or Magic Keyboard automatically connects to your Mac when Bluetooth is turned on.
Connect AirPods with your MacBook Pro. To pair and connect AirPods, see Pair AirPods with an Apple Device.
Connect an accessory with a cable
Some accessories can be connected to your MacBook Pro with a cable. Depending on the capabilities of the accessory and the cable, you may also be able to charge the accessory or transfer data when connected.
Consult the documentation that came with your accessory before connecting it. Some accessories have an additional power source that also needs to be plugged in.
To connect an accessory, you need to use a cable that fits both the port on your accessory as well as the Thunderbolt / USB 4 or Thunderbolt 4 / USB-C port on your MacBook Pro (depending on your model). If the cable doesn’t have the right connector for your Mac, you may use an adapter to connect the cable. For more information about adapters, what they look like, and what ports to use, see Adapters for the Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, or USB-C port on your Mac.
Tip: Some accessories need to be approved the first time they’re connected, see Allow accessories to connect to Mac in the macOS User Guide to learn more.
Learn more. See Bluetooth settings on Mac and About USB on Mac in the macOS User Guide. To learn more about connecting a Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad, or Magic Keyboard, see Set up your Magic Keyboard, Magic Mouse, or Magic Trackpad with your Mac. If you see a note that USB devices are disabled, see If you see USB Devices Disabled on your Mac.