Using a Bluetooth mouse, keyboard, or trackpad with your Mac Download 2022
bluetooth mouse for mac is a wireless technology that makes short-range connections between devices (like your Mac, and a mouse or keyboard) at distances up to 10 meters (approximately 30 feet).
And with Bluetooth, your iPhone or iPad can create a “Personal Hotspot” to provide Internet access for your Mac through your wireless service provider.
Find out if your Mac has Bluetooth
Most Mac computers come with Bluetooth technology built-in. You can check to see if your computer supports Bluetooth:
- Look for the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar. If the Bluetooth icon is present, your computer has Bluetooth.
- Choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Bluetooth. If the Bluetooth preferences lists options for enabling Bluetooth and making your device discoverable, Bluetooth is installed.
- From the Apple menu, choose About this Mac, then click More Info. Select Bluetooth from the Hardware section. If the Hardware Setting section shows information, your system has Bluetooth installed.
About Bluetooth menu bar icons
The Bluetooth menu bar icon in the upper-right of your display gives you information about the status of Bluetooth and connected devices:
Bluetooth is on, but there are no devices connected to your Mac. If you expect a wireless device to be connected, make sure it’s turned on.
Bluetooth is on and at least one wireless device is connected.
At least one wireless device has a low battery. Click the Bluetooth icon to identify the affected device, then replace its batteries.
Bluetooth is off. Click the Bluetooth icon using a wired mouse or trackpad or the built-in trackpad on your Mac notebook and select Turn Bluetooth On.
Mac computers without built-in trackpads won’t allow Bluetooth to be turned off unless a USB mouse is connected.
Bluetooth is offline and unavailable. Restart your Mac. If the Bluetooth status doesn’t change, disconnect all USB devices and restart your Mac again. If Bluetooth continues to show as unavailable, you might need to get your Mac serviced.
Pair your Mac with a Bluetooth device
Bluetooth wireless devices are associated with your computer through a process called pairing. After you pair a device, your Mac automatically connects to it anytime it’s in range.
If your Mac came with a wireless keyboard, mouse, or trackpad, they were pre-paired at the factory. Turn on the devices and your Mac should automatically connect to them when your computer starts up.
If you purchased your Apple wireless devices separately,
After you pair a Bluetooth device with your Mac, you should see it listed in Bluetooth preferences:
Remove a Bluetooth device from your Mac
If you want to remove (unpair) a Bluetooth device from your Mac’s device list, follow these steps:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth.
- Hover the pointer over the device you want to remove, then click the button that appears next to the device’s name.
After you remove a Bluetooth device, you’ll have to repeat the pairing process if you want to use it again.
Connect to Bluetooth devices after wake or startup
Bluetooth devices are usually available a few moments after your Mac completes its startup process. After waking from sleep, your Mac should find Apple wireless devices right away. Other wireless devices can take up to 5 seconds to be recognized. You might need to click a button on your wireless mouse to wake it up.
Some Bluetooth devices, such as audio headsets, might disconnect to conserve the device’s battery power after no audio or data is present for a certain amount of time. When this happens, you might need to push a button on the device to make it active again. Check the documentation that came with your device for more information.
Wake your computer with Bluetooth devices
You can click your paired Bluetooth mouse or press a key on your paired Bluetooth keyboard to wake your Mac. You might need to press the space bar on the keyboard.
If clicking the mouse or pressing a key doesn’t wake the computer, you might need to allow wireless devices to wake up your computer:
- Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, then click Bluetooth.
- Click Advanced.
- Select the checkbox next to Allow Bluetooth Devices to wake this computer.
Connect multiple Bluetooth devices to one computer
The official Bluetooth specifications say seven is the maximum number of Bluetooth devices that can be connected to your Mac at once.
However, three to four devices is a practical limit, depending on the types of devices used. Some devices require more Bluetooth data, so they’re more demanding than other devices. Data-intensive devices might reduce the total number of devices that can be active at the same time.
If a Bluetooth device doesn’t appear in Bluetooth preferences, or if it becomes slow to connect or doesn’t perform reliably, try turning off devices you aren’t using or unpair them from your Mac.
Fix interference from other household devices
Bluetooth shares the 2.4 GHz ISM band with other household devices such as cordless telephones, wireless networks, baby monitors, and microwave ovens. If you see issues with your Bluetooth devices that you suspect might be due to frequency congestion, see AirPort and Bluetooth: Potential sources of wireless interference for further information.
How to choose a Bluetooth mouse
The first thing you’ll need to do is find out what versions of Bluetooth your Mac supports. Some Bluetooth mice only work with devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 or Bluetooth Smart as it’s also known. If you try to connect a Bluetooth Smart mouse that isn’t compatible with your Mac, it won’t work. Fortunately, there is an easy way to check.
- Click on the Apple menu and choose About this Mac.
- Choose System report.
- Select Bluetooth
- Near the top of the window, you should see Bluetooth Low Energy Supported. If the word “yes” is opposite that, your Mac supports Bluetooth 4.0
Some Bluetooth mice will also require you to be running a recent version of macOS to use their configuration software, so it’s worth checking that too.
The next thing to think about is what kind of mouse do you want. Do you want an ergonomic model to mitigate RSI or other wrist conditions? Do you want it to have proper buttons, and if yes, how many? What about gesture support?
The answers to all these questions will help you make your decision. You should also consider battery type and battery life. For example, Apple’s Magic Mouse has a rechargeable battery charged via a USB cable. Other mice use AA or AAA batteries. One of the advantages of Bluetooth 4 is that it uses very little power, so a pair of regular batteries will last up to two years.
The best Mac mouse
Apple Magic Mouse 2
Apple’s mice have always provoked mixed reactions. First, there was its refusal to put a second button on a mouse, then there was the iMac “hockey puck,” and then the tiny rollerball. Now, it has a mouse with no visible buttons at all and an entirely smooth surface.
The Magic Mouse 2 has a rechargeable battery that charges using the included lightning to USB cable, so the whole thing is one piece. Its top surface has support for two buttons but, more importantly, it allows you to use the same gestures as you would on a trackpad. It’s available in silver and space gray.
Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Mouse
This one was rated as the best Bluetooth mouse by Wirecutter in 2019, and having used one for a year, I understand why. It’s a Bluetooth Smart mouse, so your Mac will need to be running macOS 10.10 (though if it’s not, you can use the M720 with the included wireless receiver). It uses a single AA battery that Logitech says will last a year.
Most importantly of all, it feels great in hand. It’s very comfortable to use. There are two buttons, a scroll wheel, and seven programmable buttons. You can pair it with up to three devices and switch between them at the press of a button.
Logitech MX Master 3
For a mouse that’s even more comfortable than the Triathlon, and more precise, look no further than the MX Master 3. It’s longer and wider than the Triathlon and sits even more comfortably in your hand. It has six programmable buttons, but there’s also a second scroll wheel conveniently placed exactly where your thumb is. The buttons are pre-programmed for tools like Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Final Cut Pro, as well as other apps like Word, Safari, and Chrome.
The MX Master 3 has a rechargeable battery that’s charged using the included USB cable and which should last a couple of months between charges.
Logitech MX Vertical
For the ultimate in ergonomic comfort, you need a vertical mouse. These mice allow your hand and wrist to sit at a more natural angle, easing the pressure on them and reducing the chances of long-term pain.
The Logitech MX Vertical holds your hand at 57˚, while still placing two buttons and a scroll wheel at your fingertips. There are four programmable buttons in total. You can connect using Bluetooth, the included wireless dongle, or the included USB-C cable, which doubles as a charging cable. And you can pair with up to three devices at a time, switching between them with the press of a button.
Corsair Harpoon RGB Wireless
The Harpoon is an excellent choice for a Bluetooth mouse that can handle the speeds needed for gaming. It has six programmable buttons, and you can also customize its sensitivity.
A rechargeable battery that is charged via the included USB cable is definitely a good thing about the Harpoon model. You can use the mouse while it’s charging. The mouse also has a wireless USB receiver that you can use instead of Bluetooth. It’s smaller than some mice here, so it may not be comfortable for some people. But the upside is it’s also lightweight so handy for carrying around in a laptop bag.
Razer Basilisk X Hyperspeed
This is another Bluetooth mouse perfect for gamers. It has an adjustable sensitivity range and low latency. It’s powered by a single AA battery, so there’s no USB socket or cable. It’s well constructed and a little heavier than most, though if you don’t use it for traveling, that won’t be an issue. It’s also very comfortable in hand so that it may be a better bet than the Corsair Harpoon for some users. There’s no RGB lighting, but there are six buttons and a total of eight programmable inputs.
Logitech G604 Lightspeed
If eight programmable controls aren’t enough for you, this gaming mouse from Logitech might be the answer. It has 15 programmable controls in total, including six buttons that sit next to your thumb. It’s highly responsive and features a low latency, even over Bluetooth – though there is also a USB receiver, which will speed things up even more. The metal ratchet scroll wheel adds to the feeling of a solid, well-built mouse. It runs on a single AA battery, and Logitech says you should get between five and six months’ use from each battery.
Logitech M590 Multi-Device Silent
The biggest selling point of the M590 is in its name – it’s very, very quiet. Its buttons provide physical feedback without an audible click. The rubber scroll wheel also glides silently. Logitech claims the scroll wheel packs in more grooves per millimeter, making scrolling quicker and smoother.
The other key feature is that, like the MX Master (above), it incorporates Logitech’s Flow technology. This allows you to connect the mouse to two devices and work on both simultaneously, even copy and paste text between the two. This also works if one is a Windows PC and the other a Mac. The M590 includes a USB receiver as well as connecting via Bluetooth and uses one AA battery, which should last two years. It’s a great wireless mouse for MacBook Pro.
Microsoft Mobile Surface Mouse
Microsoft makes several Bluetooth mice, from its basic Bluetooth Mobile Mouse to the much more expensive Arc and Precision devices. This one can be bought online for only a little more money than the basic Bluetooth mouse. Like the rest of the Surface range, it’s pretty stylish and is a good bet if you like the low-profile look of Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 but want a scroll wheel – though, of course, you won’t get gesture support. It’s Bluetooth only, so there’s no USB receiver and it has two AAA batteries. Microsoft says you should get a year of use from each set.
Logitech MX Ergo
Yes, there are lots of Logitech devices on this list. That’s because it makes lots of different Bluetooth mice and most of them are better than the competition. The MX Ergo is a case in point. It combines a mouse with a trackball, which sits under your thumb. It has a magnetic stand that allows for a 20˚ tilt to enable your hand to rest at a more comfortable angle. It uses a rechargeable battery, which Logitech says will last a couple of months between charges. Though it also has a fast-charge mode that should give you a day’s use from a minute of charging.
TeckNet Bluetooth Mouse
If you’re on a budget and still want a Bluetooth mouse, this TeckNet model could be a good choice. It’s very basic – you get two additional buttons, and they’re not programmable, and it has no ergonomic features, but it does the job. Those two extra buttons allow you to switch from one app to another or move forward and back in a web browser. There’s also a button behind the scroll wheel that allows you to adjust the sensitivity of the optical sensor. It takes two AAA batteries that the company says should give you two years of use.
Logitech Pebble M350
Need a mouse that’s small and flat enough to slip into a pocket? The Logitech Pebble M350 is the one to go for, it may be the best mouse for a MacBook Pro. Its low-profile design means it fits in your pocket, and you won’t have any trouble fitting it in a laptop bag. It comes in a choice of four colors and has a silent scroll wheel and two silent buttons. It can connect using Bluetooth or via the included USB receiver and runs off a single AA battery, which should last 18 months.
Need to optimize your Mac’s performance?
Choosing the best Bluetooth mouse will help you get the most from your Mac, and if you use it to play games, the right mouse can make all the difference. But to improve performance even more, including for games, as well as to keep your Mac free from junk files and malware, check out CleanMyMac X. CleanMyMac X has several modules that optimize the performance of your Mac and keep its boot drive free from the junk. It’s a great way to keep your Mac in good shape and running smoothly.
- Get CleanMyMac X and install it on your Mac (free trial is available).
- Launch the app and press Scan.
- CleanMyMac X will start scanning your Mac for old, unneeded junk files and performing optimization tasks.
- Press Run and you’re done!
There are many, many great options to choose from when it comes to picking a Bluetooth mouse. That’s why you need to decide what you’re looking for, as we described at the beginning of this article before you start narrowing down your options. If you know you need to use your new mouse for gaming, you’ll want a fast one and has lots of programmable buttons.
If ergonomics are more important, you’ll need one that feels comfortable and holds your hand at the right angle. Some of the mice listed here come with their own configuration software, which is great. But driver software can sometimes cause conflicts or other problems on your Mac. To minimize those and keep your Mac running smoothly, check out CleanMyMac X.