How to Pair Mouse With Mac

Kyle Wood

Mac, Tutorials

Welcome to this tutorial on how to pair a mouse with your Mac! Whether you are a new Mac user or just looking to upgrade your workspace, connecting a mouse to your Mac can greatly enhance your productivity and overall user experience. In this guide, we will go through the step-by-step process of pairing a mouse with your Mac, ensuring that you can navigate seamlessly through your tasks.

Step 1: Check Compatibility

Before diving into the pairing process, it’s important to ensure that your mouse is compatible with macOS. Most modern mice are compatible, but it’s always a good idea to double-check the manufacturer’s specifications or consult their official website for compatibility information.

Step 2: Prepare Your Mouse

Once you have confirmed compatibility, make sure your mouse is powered on and ready for pairing. Some mice may require you to insert batteries or charge them before use. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for specific details on preparing your mouse.

Step 3: Open System Preferences

To begin the pairing process, click on the Apple menu in the top-left corner of your screen and select “System Preferences” from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut by pressing Command + Space, then typing “System Preferences” and hitting Enter.

Step 4: Navigate to Bluetooth Settings

In System Preferences, locate and click on the “Bluetooth” icon. This will open up the Bluetooth settings panel where you can manage all of your connected devices.

Step 5: Enable Bluetooth

If Bluetooth is not already enabled on your Mac, toggle it on by clicking on the “Turn Bluetooth On” button. You should see the Bluetooth icon appear in your menu bar.

Step 6: Put Your Mouse in Pairing Mode

Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to put your mouse into pairing mode. This step may vary depending on the mouse model. Typically, you will need to press and hold a specific button or switch on the mouse until its LED indicator starts flashing, indicating that it is ready to pair.

Step 7: Pair Your Mouse

In the Bluetooth settings panel, you should see a list of available devices under the “Devices” section. Look for your mouse in the list and click on it to initiate the pairing process.

If your mouse has a passcode:

  1. If prompted, enter the passcode provided by the manufacturer.
  2. Click “Pair” or “Connect” to complete the pairing process.

If your mouse does not have a passcode:

In most cases, Mac will automatically pair with your mouse without requiring a passcode. Once paired, you will see a confirmation message indicating that your mouse is connected and ready for use.

Step 8: Test Your Mouse

To ensure that your mouse is functioning correctly, move it around and verify that the cursor on your screen follows its movements. Additionally, test any additional buttons or features of your mouse to ensure they are working as intended.


Congratulations! You have successfully paired a mouse with your Mac.

Now you can enjoy enhanced precision and control as you navigate through various tasks and applications. Remember that you can always manage your connected devices through System Preferences > Bluetooth settings if needed.

Thank you for following along with this tutorial. If you have any further questions or need additional assistance, feel free to consult the manufacturer’s documentation or visit their support website for more information.

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