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How to connect a Bluetooth mouse and trackpad to your iPad

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Apple recently announced the new iOS 13.4 during the launch of the latest iPad Pro 2020. One of the highlights of the event is the new upgrade in the iOS 13.4 that now allows pointing devices on your iPad.

This feature, however, will not work in all iPads. But given the number of iPads in which this feature is available, there’s still a huge chance that what you’re using right now is supported.

With this in mind, the next question is how to connect a mouse or trackpad on your iPad. Don’t worry because we got you covered. Just follow all the steps below to find out how. 

Note that these steps will also work if you’ll use the new Magic Keyboard in the future.

What iPad models support iPadOS 13 and later:

  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 or later
  • iPad (5th generation) or later
  • iPad mini 4 or later

Steps on how to connect a Bluetooth mouse or trackpad to your iPad

Important Note: Make sure that your device is one of the above-mentioned iPad models and it is using iPad OS 13.4.

Step 1: Place your Bluetooth accessory near your iPad and turn it on.
Step 2: Afterward, turn on pairing or discovery mode in your Bluetooth accessory.

  • If you’re using an Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, it should be ready to pair at this time.
  • If you’re using a third-party accessory, make sure to follow the instructions when it comes to pairing.

Step 3: In your iPad, open Settings and open Bluetooth.
Step 4: Check under ‘Other Devices’ for your Bluetooth accessory.
Step 5: Tap the name of your Bluetooth device to pair with your iPad.

There might be additional steps to those using third-party accessories. Just follow on-screen instructions that appear on your iPad. When the accessory you’re pairing with is an Apple Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad, use 0000 (four zeros) when asked to provide a code.

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What to do if you see a connectivity alert?

You might probably see an alert that says “Using this accessory may affect Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.” when you’re using a Bluetooth accessory.

This scenario is pretty normal. Whenever you use a Bluetooth device on your iPad, wireless performance issues are likely to happen. The more Bluetooth accessories you’re using, the higher the chances that internet interruption happens. If you experience this, try disconnecting any of your Bluetooth accessories.

How to disconnect, reconnect, or forget a Bluetooth accessory

If you want to reconnect your Bluetooth accessory with your iPad, go to Settings > Bluetooth, under My Devices, tap your accessory’s name.

To disconnect your Bluetooth accessory or if you want to forget it, just tap the information button beside the name.

That’s it! The steps are so simple. If you have other questions, let us know in the comments.

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