Apple’s wireless Magic Mouse looks great, but sometimes it’s a bit twitchy. If you haven’t used the Mac for a while, the connection between the mouse and Mac seems to get lost. Despite shaking and clicking, the mouse pointer doesn’t move – the mouse seems to have fallen asleep.
Fortunately, there are some simple tricks to reinitialize the mouse pointer.
But first, hold the mouse button for about a second or two. Then, try the resetting option if the Magic Mouse still won’t wake. Here is how to reset Magic Mouse 1 & 2.
How to reset Magic Mouse 1 & 2
To reset Magic Mouse 1 or 2, you will need a Mac so you can connect the mouse to the PC.
- First, pair your Mac with your mouse via Bluetooth. The Bluetooth icon should be in the menu bar. If not, go to system preferences. Click on Bluetooth and then Show Bluetooth in the menu bar
- Click the Bluetooth icon in the Menu while holding the Option and Shift keys at the same time.
- Next, click on Factory Reset to remove all connected devices. Your Magic Mouse and the keyboard should return to factory settings immediately.
Note: You only reset Magic Mouse with a Mac. You can’t find any button combinations to use from the mouse or keyboard itself.
How to reset Magic Mouse name
As stated above, your mouse should be connected to your Mac before you can do this.
- Click on the Apple Logo at the top left of the screen and select “System Preferences“
- Click on Bluetooth to view devices connected to your Mac.
- Next, right-click on the device you want to rename, in this case, your mouse.
- Select Rename from the pop-up notification.
- Enter the new name in the space provided and click on “Rename.”
Once you successfully do this, it should reflect on other locations where your Bluetooth device name is listed, like the drop-down Menu. You can also rename the Magic Trackpad and other connected accessories if you wish to.
How to resync your Magic Mouse?
- Turn OFF Magic Mouse.
- Use the toggle switch at the side of the mouse to turn it OFF.
- Press down the left button (Click)
- While clicking the left button, turn ON the toggle switch, and the green LED should come on.
- Keep holding the left button till the LED green light blinks twice.
You can pair your mouse to your Mac again and begin use.
Why is Magic Mouse not connecting to Mac?
There are many reasons your Magic Mouse may not connect to your Mac. Let’s look at a few of them and how you can fix them.
Your Mac’s Bluetooth may be OFF
To turn ON your Mac Bluetooth, go to Menu >> System Preferences >> Bluetooth. You should see a toggle switch that allows you to turn ON the Bluetooth. If the Bluetooth still does not appear, restart your computer and turn ON the Bluetooth again.
The Magic Mouse refused to pair
The Magic Mouse comes with a sliding switch used to turn it ON. Turn OFF the mouse with the switch, and the green LED Indicator should go OFF. Turn it ON again with the switch and try to reconnect to your Mac.
Presence of Wireless interference
Go to Bluetooth and check if other devices are connected to your Mac. It may also be that your mouse is paired to other devices too. You might want to restart your mouse and reconnect to your Mac.
The battery may be low, faulty, or dead.
The battery may be too low to connect to your Mac. To charge your mouse, connect one end of a Lightning cable to your mouse and the other to your Mac. Wait for a minute before you disconnect the cable. This should pair the mouse to your Mac, and charging should begin.
Go to the Control Centre in the menu bar to check the charge level, then click on Bluetooth. The old models use replaceable batteries, so you can change the battery if it’s dead or faulty.
What to do if your Magic Mouse is not turning on
Most times, it could be that the batteries are faulty or dead. However, it may also be a sign of circuit breakage in the mouse. Here are a few options you can try out:
- Solve contact problems: If the connection between the mouse and Mac frequently breaks while you are working with the Mac and now it’s not even turning On, the batteries may be too loose in the battery compartment. It helps to clamp the batteries more firmly in the compartment. For a Magic Mouse that uses external batteries, fold a small piece of foil into a square and place it on the positive end of each battery. Put the batteries back and turn ON the mouse again.
- Batteries low: If the above doesn’t help and there are still interruptions, it may be because the batteries are low. If you want to know the current battery status of the Bluetooth keyboard and mouse and what percentage is left, look at the toolbars at the top right. There is a small Bluetooth icon there. If not, you can make it visible via the system settings in the Bluetooth section with the option Show Bluetooth in the menu bar. If the remaining capacity has dropped below 10 percent, you should consider replacing or recharging the battery.
- Replace the old batteries: Remove them and replace them with new ones. For rechargeable batteries, the Magic Mouse is usually selective about the type of batteries being used because of the form factor where they sit.
Can you reset Magic Mouse without a Mac?
As of now, you can’t use any other device except the Mac to reset the Magic Mouse. You have to pair to a Mac before you can perform a factory reset.