How to Connect Wireless Mouse to MacBook Air

Wireless mice are a great way to keep your desk free of clutter. If you have a Macbook Air, you can connect your wireless mouse using Bluetooth.

  • Look at the underside of your mouse and find the button that says “Connect” or “Pairing” 
  • On your Macbook Air, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth
  • Make sure that Bluetooth is turned on
  • Hold down the connect button on your mouse for a few seconds until you see a light blinking or flashing on the mouse 
  • Your mouse should now appear in the list of devices on your Macbook Air
  • Select it and click “Pair” 
  • You may be prompted to enter a code on your computer screen
  • If so, enter the code that appears on your screen and press return 
  • Your mouse is now connected wirelessly to your Macbook Air!

Why Can’t My Macbook Air Find My Wireless Mouse?

One of the most common questions we get asked at the Genius Bar is “Why can’t my MacBook Air find my wireless mouse?” There are a few different reasons this could be happening, so we’ve put together a list of potential solutions. First, make sure that your mouse is turned on and within range of your computer.

If it’s still not working, try restarting both your computer and mouse. If that doesn’t help, try resetting the PRAM on your Mac (this will require you to hold down certain keys while rebooting). Finally, if none of these solutions work, you may need to replace the batteries in your mouse.

We hope this helps! If you have any other questions or concerns, feel free to stop by the Genius Bar or give us a call.

Can I Connect Any Mouse to Macbook Air?

Yes, you can connect any mouse to a MacBook Air. There are multiple ways to do this, including using Bluetooth or a USB cable. If you’re using a wired mouse, you’ll need to use a USB adapter if your mouse doesn’t have a built-in one.

You can also use Apple’s Magic Mouse or Magic Trackpad.

How Do I Connect My Wireless Mouse to a New Macbook?

There are a few different ways to connect a wireless mouse to your new MacBook. The most common way is to use Bluetooth. To do this, first, make sure that your wireless mouse has batteries and is turned on.

Then, open the System Preferences application and click on “Bluetooth.” Next, select your wireless mouse from the list of devices and click “Pair.” Your mouse should now be connected to your MacBook!

If you’re having trouble connecting your wireless mouse via Bluetooth, you can also try using a USB receiver. Most wireless mice come with a small USB receiver that you can plug into your computer. Once it’s plugged in, simply turn on your mouse and it should be automatically recognized by your MacBook.

Finally, if you’re still having trouble connecting your wireless mouse, you may need to reset the PRAM or SMC on your MacBook. Resetting these settings can often fix minor connectivity issues like this one. To reset the PRAM, simply restart your computer and hold down the Command + Option + P + R keys while it’s booting up.

For the SMC reset, shut down your computer and unplug the power cord for 15 seconds before plugging it back in and turning on your MacBook again.

How to Connect USB Mouse to Macbook Air

If you have a USB mouse that you would like to connect to your MacBook Air, there are a few things that you need to know. First, your MacBook Air must have a USB port in order for this to work. If it does not, then you will need to purchase an adapter in order to use the USB mouse.

Secondly, the process is actually quite simple and only requires a few steps. To begin, locate the USB port on your MacBook Air. It will likely be on the left side of the computer near the MagSafe power adapter port.

Once you have found it, take your USB mouse and insert it into the port. You may need to wiggle it around a bit until it fits snugly into place. Once the mouse is inserted, open up your System Preferences from the  Apple menu in the top left corner of your screen.

From here, click on “Mouse” and then make sure that “Enable Mouse Keys” is unchecked. This will ensure that clicking with your trackpad won’t accidentally move your cursor around onscreen instead. Finally, test out your new mouse by moving it around on your desktop or within any applications that you have open.

It should work just like it would on any other computer! And that’s all there is to connect a USB mouse to your MacBook Air—simple as can be!


If you’re using a Magic Mouse, connect it to your MacBook Air using the Lightning to USB cable that came with it. If you have another type of wireless mouse, you’ll need to connect the mouse’s receiver to one of your Macbook Air’s USB ports. Once the receiver is plugged in, turn on your mouse by pressing its power button.

Your mouse should now be working wirelessly!


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