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How to Use Bluetooth Trackpad or Mouse With iPad

use Bluetooth Trackpad or Mouse with an iPad
Written by Hassan Abbas

Do you want to use Bluetooth Trackpad or Mouse with an iPad? With the launch of iPadOS 13.4, Apple brought official Bluetooth trackpad or mouse support to its iPads. This guide elaborates on how to use your selected input device with your iPad.

Controlling or Navigating your ‌iPad‌ using a Bluetooth trackpad or mouse is quite similar to use. One is on a desktop or notebook PC. However, there are some distinctions you should be aware of.

The Round Cursor

While using a Bluetooth trackpad or mouse on your ‌iPad‌. Here is a circular pointer similar to a fingertip that appears on the display rather than of an older arrow pointer.

The round pointer modifies shape or shifts. Also, it scrolls across various interactive elements on the screen. For example, hovering the pointer on the apps Home screen causes the app icon to pop out a little to enable you to know you can choose it.

The pointer will also change into an “I-beam” over text. Also, it indicates that you can also add it into a text document for editing, or highlighting and copying words from a web page.

The pointer invisible after a few seconds of inactivity. Simply scroll the mouse or touch the trackpad to make it visible again.

iPad‌ Cursor Actions

Apple also introduces trackpad or mouse support so that many gestures enable various ‌‌iPadOS‌‌ functions.

For example, scrolling the pointer located in the top-right corner of the ‌display‌ and clicking brings up the Control Center. Also, you can interact with all the Control Center’s elements using taps and long presses.

Similarly, move the pointer over the date and time located in the top-left corner of the screen. Also, it will bring up the Notification Center.

You can also modify how the pointer seems and how it works in ‌iPadOS‌. Choices included making the pointer darker, modifying its color, making it larger or smaller, and turning it off the auto-hide after inactivity. You can found all these settings in the Settings app under Accessibility -> Pointer Control.

Trackpad Gestures

Apple has added gesture support for the users of the trackpad. For example, you can input the Slide Over multitasking interface using a trackpad by scrolling the pointer over to the right side of the screen. Also, dragging an app over from the Dock. Apple has also included support for multi-touch gestures, including:

Three fingers: While you’re using a trackpad, simply swipe downwards using 3 fingers to access the Home screen from anywhere.

However, a three-finger swipe up simply opens up the interface of multitasking. Moving to the left or the right with 3 fingers also exchange or swap b/w the apps.

Two fingers: A two-finger downwards swipe on your trackpad brings Spotlight search. Also, you can use two fingers to move up or down while navigating a web page in Safari.

However, two-finger click gestures in a message editing app will bring up Copy, Cut, and Paste choices. Also, there’s a right-tap gesture to bring up menu bars in some apps.

Also, you can make a 2-finger tap or click behave as a secondary tap in the trackpad settings. Make sure that a secondary trackpad tap acts as a long hit on the ‌iPad‌ touchscreen. Also, a Control-tap (or right-tap) on a Mac. Such as, while using a secondary trackpad tap on an ‌iPad‌ app icon, its contextual menu appears.

Use Bluetooth Trackpad or Mouse with an iPad

How to Adjust Trackpad Settings on ‌iPad‌

There are some essential trackpad settings in ‌iPadOS‌ that you can modify to suit your preferences. The following choices can be found in the Settings app at the bottom of General -> Trackpad.

  • Tracking Speed slider – adjusts how instantly the pointer moves across the screen.
  • Natural Scrolling switch – makes content track your fingers movement when you scroll.
  • Tap to Click – makes a click on the trackpad register as a tap.
  • Two Finger Secondary Click – makes a 2-finger tap or click function as a secondary tap.

Make sure you can also perform a secondary tap on ‌the iPad‌ using any pointing device after holding the Control key as you tap.

How to Adjust Mouse Settings on ‌iPad‌

There are also many mouse settings in ‌iPadOS‌ that you can modify to suit your preferences. The following choices can be found in the Settings app at the bottom of General -> Trackpad & Mouse.

  • Tracking Speed slider – adjusts how fastly the pointer moves on the screen.
  • Natural Scrolling switch – makes content track your fingers movement when you move.
  • Secondary Click – Enables you to select whether you like a secondary tap to happen once you tap on the left or right side of your mouse, or not at all.

Final tip: Once you lost the on-screen keyboard as you attached a Bluetooth trackpad or mouse. Simply click and hold down the arrow key in the shortcuts bar under your screen until the virtual keyboard appears again.

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Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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