How to connect a mouse to an iPad or iPhone: setup and features

With the release of iOS 13.4 Apple has finally turned on wireless mouse support for iPad tablets (and on the iPhone).

About, which mice are supported, how to connect and configure manipulator control in iPadOS and iOS, we will tell in this material.

Which mice work with iPad or iPhone

Roughly speaking, all wireless mice work with iPad or iPhone. We were able to easily connect Apple’s Magic Mouse. Besides, Logitech Bluetooth Mice Connect Great, eg, models: MX Master 2S, M535, M557, M720 and t.d. Even a mouse with a USB receiver is connected to the iPhone or iPad (dongle). In this case, Lightning adapter cable required/USB to connect the camera.

How to connect a mouse to iPad or iPhone

1. Open app «Settings» and enable bluetooth in the section «Bluetooth», and put the mouse into pairing mode. This function is activated depending on the mouse model. Some have a special key for this, which you want to click, while others just need to turn it off and on again.

If you are using Apple’s Magic Mouse, then you will need to first disconnect it manually from the Mac. This can be done through the System Preferences menu → Bluetooth. Then turn the mouse off and on again. Only then the manipulator will be visible to the tablet or smartphone.

On most Logitech mice, you need to press the pairing button, to make the device available for connection to a tablet or smartphone. The most advanced mice generally have several communication channels for connecting to various devices with different operating systems.

2. Search and pair your mouse in the Bluetooth section of iPadOS or iOS. After the mouse is detected, choose her, and the connection will be completed. The cursor instantly appears on the screen as a dot.

3. The settings for the connected mouse are located on the Settings path → Universal access → Touch → AssistiveTouch.

This location is already talking about, that Apple has no plans to make the feature publicly available. The company believes, that it is intended for those in need of additional physical assistance. Mouse support designed to replace touch input, rather than full cursor control, how it exists on mac.

How to use a mouse on an iPad

First, what catches your eye, this is a screen cursor (cm. video below). It is different from the usual mouse pointer. However, this element is not too distracting.

Habitual mouse actions will be available immediately after pairing with the device – by default you can scroll around the screen, launch applications, open dock, Command centre, Notification center and t.d.

However, for full control, you must enable the AssistiveTouch function, then the virtual Home button will appear on the screen. Clicking on it can bring up a menu with a number of additional options.

Using the Assistive Touch virtual button that appears, you can quickly go to the screen «Home», in «Notifications» or «Command centre», as well as the ability to control the volume, lock and rotate the screen. All this is intuitive and neat, this type of menu is familiar to all those, who once had to work with a non-working Home button on old iPhone.

Settings Menu → Universal access → Touch → AssistiveTouch is located section «Action setting», in which you can assign actions for a simple click, double tap and long.

The system offers a choice of 22 actions, like going to the home screen, open dock, change volume or lock position orientation. In the section you can configure one of six options for gestures for scrolling a list or page, and also activate an already configured quick command.

In section «Create a new gesture» now you can add a user-created gesture with the mouse. It may be her certain movement with the button held down, some kind of zigzag or circle. It remains only to attach one of the available actions to this gesture. The practical use of such an opportunity is doubtful – than draw zigzags with the button held down, it’s easier to hang a function right away on a specific mouse button.

Settings Menu → Universal access → Touch → AssistiveTouch → Devices will show a mouse connected to an iOS device. You can immediately configure any of the buttons of the manipulator.

At the bottom of the Settings section → Universal access → Touch → AssistiveTouch has the ability to configure Auto-Press and Active Angles.

Unfortunately, using the Active Angles feature on iPadOS is significantly different from that on macOS. To perform an action on a Mac, simply move the mouse cursor to one of the four corners of the screen, whereas on the iPad, Active Angles only work when the Auto-Press option is enabled.

I.e, to perform the specified action, you need to move the cursor to the corner of the screen and wait for the time for the auto-press. This is not very convenient.

Key Features of Using Your Mouse on an iPad

In order to go to the Dock in an open application, make a quick swipe to the bottom of the screen.

To open the Control Center, click on the battery icon in the menu bar and pull down.

To open the Notification Center, click on the time display in the menu bar and drag down. To hide the notification center, tap at the bottom of the screen and pull up.

To activate the icon editing mode on the home screen, press and hold the icon of any application.

Right mouse button does not work on iPadOS or iOS, context menu call, eg, in the application Files, carried out by pressing and holding the file.

Calling the context menu in text applications (copy, paste and t.d.) using the mouse is not available.

What is the result? So far so good!

We know, that Apple does not recommend using the mouse in conjunction with the iPad and especially with the iPhone. However, this combination, However, works. The interaction scheme is not yet as simple, as when working with a mouse on a computer. To understand how to use your mouse with iPadOS, probably, have to spend more than one hour.

Professional Apple Users Can Find More In This Feature. Assistive Touch lets you create your own gestures. If you work a little with them, then with the mouse it will be possible to carry out most of the tricks, which users can do on iPad and iPhone.

Unfortunately, work with assigning additional actions to mouse buttons is impossible without activating AssistiveTouch mode. In the meantime, only there, in addition to basic actions, can additional ones be attached to them, including gestures. A good solution seems to be the ability to adjust the volume with the mouse, switch between programs and run quick commands.

Obviously, that in the future you need to create an additional menu, which would allow you to assign specific actions when you right-click. In the settings menu for a long press or second mouse button, a similar binding is provided, but gestures do not work, yes in applications this additional menu is not.