How To Connect Bluetooth Mouse To iPad With iPadOS

Apple has added a new feature to iOS and iPadOS and that’s the capability to connect Bluetooth mouse to iPad and iPhone. This is a part of the Accessibility feature that makes it easier for you to interact with your device.

If you’re an iPad owner, this feature somehow turns your device into a MacBook replacement, depending on how you actually use your tablet.

In this tutorial, I will be showing you how to do a couple of things to get your Bluetooth mouse connected to your iPad that’s running the iPadOS.

How to Enable AssistiveTouch

The full mouse support is actually just an expansion of the feature that’s already been with iOS devices for years–AssistiveTouch. By default, the feature is disabled out of the box but when enabled, it gives you a virtual home button.

You need to enable it first before you can connect your Bluetooth mouse to your iPad, and here’s how you do it:

  1. Open Settings on your iPad.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Physical and Motor, tap Touch.
  1. Tap AssistiveTouch to open its settings.
  2. Now toggle the AssistiveTouch switch so it turns green.

You can see immediately that the virtual home button is enabled and now that you’ve already done that, it’s time to connect your mouse.

How to connect your Bluetooth mouse to your iPad

This will work on any Bluetooth mouse as long as it’s not Apple’s Magic Mouse. But before you follow the instructions below, make sure that your mouse isn’t paired or connected to other devices.

  1. Open Settings on your iPad.
  2. Tap Accessibility.
  3. Under Physical and Motor, tap Touch.
  1. Tap AssistiveTouch.
  2. Under Pointer Devices, tap Devices.
  3. Tap Bluetooth Devices…
  1. Put your mouse in pairing mode and let your iPad search for nearby Bluetooth devices.
  2. Once your iPad sees your Bluetooth mouse, tap on it.
  3. Tap Pair to confirm you want to connect it to your iPad. Some mice may immediately connect to your device and that’s the case Logitech mouse.

When the pairing is successful, a circular cursor will appear on the screen and you should be able to use your mouse to operate your iPad now.