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Comfort and grip style

Are you right or left-handed? Do you prefer a claw grip mouse, a palm grip, or a top grip? Make sure the mouse you choose will be comfortable, especially if you plan on using it for long periods or across multiple devices. Since you’ll probably be taking your iPad mouse with you on the go, you may want a smaller, more lightweight mouse that can easily fit in a bag.

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Customization options

Do you want a mouse with programmable buttons? Maybe you want to be able to switch between continuous and ratcheted scrolling? Check out the customization options the mouse offers, the mouse’s companion software, and make sure it’s compatible with your device.

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Accessories for Apple’s iPad are also on sale, with Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 discounted by up to $10.50.

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How can you find out which ipad you have?

If you’re not sure which iPad version you own, you can find out by going to Settings > General > About. 

Ios 13 compatibility

iOS 13 is compatible with the following Apple smartphone models:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Ipados 13: how to use a mouse with your ipad

While it’s not enabled by default, Apple has brought the long-awaited mouse support to iPad with iPadOS 13. Follow along on for how to pair and use a mouse with your iPad as well as set up buttons for custom shortcuts.

The first release of iPadOS will bring mouse support to iPad as an accessibility feature. It’s easy to pair a device and enable mouse functionality and iPads even work with custom shortcut buttons on mice like Logitech’s MX Master.

  1. Open Settings, then choose Accessibility
  2. Next tap Touch then AssistiveTouch and toggle it on
  3. Below tap Pointing Devices
  4. Choose Bluetooth Devices…
  5. Set your mouse Bluetooth to discoverable and select it when it appears on your iPad

Follow along below for how to customize mouse shortcut buttons along with a detailed walkthrough:

use mouse on iPad with iPadOS 13 walkthrough 1

Next, tap AssistiveTouch and toggle it on as shown below.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

use mouse on iPad iPadOS 13 walkthrough 2

Make sure your Bluetooth mouse is turned on and is discoverable. Tap Bluetooth Devices… to start the pairing process. 

use mouse on iPad iPadOS 13 walkthrough 4

Tap your mouse when it appears in settings.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

Confirm the process when prompted.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

When Assistive Touch is turned on and a mouse is paired, your iPad will show a circular cursor like below:

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As shown above, click or tap the “i” to customize your mouse buttons.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

Now choose Customize Additional Buttons…

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

iPadOS will have you click the mouse button you’d like to customize, then choose your preferred shortcut.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

iPadOS supports multiple shortcut buttons, depending on the mouse you’re using.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

Back under the main AssistiveTouch settings, you can adjust the tracking speed of your mouse from your iPad as well as opt to turn off the default AssistiveTouch menu icon.

iOS 13: How to use a mouse with your iPad - 9to5Mac

You can actually use a mouse with iPhone in iOS 13 as well, but naturally, there’s much less value in using an external pointing device other than your finger on a smartphone 😅.

For more help getting the most out of your Apple devices, check out our how to guide as well as the following articles:


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Is your ipad compatible with the 13.4 update?

The following models of iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air and iPad mini are compatible with the new update:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Air (2nd and 3rd generation)
  • iPad (5th, 6th and 7th generation)
  • iPad mini (4th and 5th generation)

Keyboard bonus tip

As a final bonus tip, we want to touch on a quick keyboard feature coming in iPadOS 13.4. It’s called Full Keyboard Access, and enables you to navigate the entirety of the iPad using just a keyboard.

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Wireless connectivity

Most Bluetooth mice will connect to modern iPads relatively easily, but since most iPads don’t have a USB port, connecting a mouse via USB receiver can be a bit more challenging. While the newest iPad Air and iPad Pro models now include USB-C ports, you’ll need to use a Lightning-to-USB Camera Adapter if you want to connect a wired USB mouse or a wireless mouse with a USB dongle to a standard iPad or older iPad model.

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