If you’re only using your iPad for Netflix and Candy Crush you may not have even thought of using a mouse for it. However, if you’re always on the go and use your iPad for a little more than just movies, using your mouse on it can be a game changer.
Using a mouse will also be an improvement to some people with vision or mobility problems for instance. Not having to hover your hand around is a huge plus when your mobility is restricted since you can just change the settings on the mouse so it’s super sensitive so you barely have to move it.
The possibility of using your iPad with a mouse came to be earlier in June 2019 during the WWDC 2019 keynote. The free software update will be released during the fall the same year.
Here’s how to connect your mouse to your iPad, even if it’s hidden at first!
Connect a mouse to your iPad: The easy way
Before going through these steps make sure you’ve connected your mouse to your iPad Pro through the USB-C port. If your mouse doesn’t have USB C you can simply use an adapter.
- Go to “Settings” on your iPad with iPadOS.
- Go to “Accessibility”.
- Under “Physical and Motor” tap “Touch”
- Tap “Assistive Touch”
- Go to “Pointing Devices”
- Select your mouse or trackpad.
However, the result may be disappointing to some people, even if everything works properly. They may find the cursor too large and find that the mouse doesn’t work as on their computer. It doesn’t double-click, you can’t highlight text and you may only use it the same way you’d use your finger.
So, what gives?
Why is mouse support hidden from your iPad?
Going through all those steps seems like too much work just for a mouse, specially since plugging that mouse into your laptop would probably result in you being able to use it two seconds later without having to do anything else. So why is it that hard to connect your mouse to your iPad?
Well as we explained above, the mouse is yet to work like a normal mouse. Right now it feels more like a replacement for your finger than an actual mouse. Remember, for now, the mouse is only for “Accessibility” purposes, not as a working tool.
Make the most out of your mouse and iPad
The fact that Apple hasn’t perfected the technology doesn’t mean you can’t make the most out of it! Customize everything related to your mouse until you have tuned it enough to be comfortable. Here are some tips!
- Customize your cursor: If you need a larger cursor to go to that same “Assistive Touch” menu from step 4, then “Cursor” and select “Large Cursor”. You can also change the color there!
- Change the speed: As we mentioned with a mouse you don’t have to move your hand as much. Change the speed to make it faster (or slower) in “Tracking Speed”.
- Get a good mouse: All the changes in the world won’t do as much good as owning the right mouse. We recommend this one from our store.