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Magic Mouse: Problems and Fixes

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15 / 02 / 2017

Magic Mouse: Problems and Fixes

Wireless mice have become a great solution for people who decided to switch from a desktop to a laptop, or have to use both devices and are accustomed to have some solid tool in their hand instead of sliding their fingers around the trackpad.

Magic Mouse helps numerous customers of Apple devices to make their MacBook user experience as simple and convenient as possible. Additionally, many elderly users prefer to move the cursor with a mouse in their hand, even when using a portable Mac. They find it simpler and better for Mac operation.

To satisfy such an important need, in 2009 Apple invented a wireless mouse, called it Magic Mouse, and presented the revolutionary Multi-Touch technology. With Multi-Touch, the users can navigate by using intuitive finger gestures. Instead of mechanical buttons, scroll wheels or scroll balls, the entire top of the Magic Mouse is a seamless Multi-Touch surface. Several years later, in 2015, Apple upgraded the Magic mouse to the second version. This new version isn’t really that much different from the first one. The Magic Mouse has a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery, so it no longer needs a removable battery cover, and the Lightning port for battery recharging replaced the latch for the cover.

Users who have Magic Mouse or Magic Mouse 2 experienced some problems and weaknesses. For example, the Apple Discussions Forum was full of questions and requests regarding the short battery life of Magic Mouse and Bluetooth connection issues for both versions of Magic Mouse. Recently, when a major part of users has switched to Magic Mouse 2, many of them have complained about inability to use a mouse while charging. Thus, if the battery and charging issues are more or less easy to solve, the Bluetooth problems remain a weak spot of the Magic Mouse. However, nothing is impossible, so even invisible Bluetooth issues can be fixed. We’ve revealed several useful steps to make your Mac operation more convenient.

Let’s start with the first generation of Magic Mouse. Below you can find instructions on how to fix the Bluetooth connectivity. Notably, the Bluetooth disconnects when the power disconnects.

1. Apply a piece of foil to increase the battery terminal contact. Open the battery cover. Take a small piece of aluminium foil (the size should be about ½-inch square). Wrap the aluminium square around the negative terminal of the battery. Insert the batteries back into the mouse. This would strengthen the contact, which can be dropped when you move a mouse, and may easily fix the Bluetooth connectivity.

In case of occasional disconnection, try one more modification.

2. Apply a piece of paper on the batteries. Open a battery cover. Take a rectangular piece of paper of about 1 inch by 1-½ inches. Put the paper on top of the batteries, roughly centered. Cut off any excess paper around the edge of the batteries. Insert the batteries back into the mouse. This paper would serve as a wedge between the batteries and the cover holding the batteries in place.

In fact there is no sole reason of Bluetooth connectivity problem but, anyway, you can try these easy things to get the possible solution.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to apply the described manipulations to the second generation of Magic Mouse because it has a USB charging port instead of rechargeable batteries inside. In this case there are some other tips that you can try to fix the Bluetooth connectivity between your Mac and your Magic Mouse 2.

3. Turn off your Mac’s Bluetooth system and then turn it back on. Open System Preferences, click Bluetooth, and then click the Turn Bluetooth Off button. After few seconds, click it again to turn the Bluetooth back on. Check if the mouse is working now. If this method doesn’t help, try the second one.

4. Disconnect the mouse from the Mac, then pair again. This trick also helps in many attempts to establish connectivity. If even this manipulation doesn’t help, you can try the last attempt.

5. Reset the Mac’s Bluetooth System. Use it only if the previous methods don’t help. This option will make your Mac forget about all Bluetooth devices that you have ever used, forcing you to reconfigure each of them. Activate the Bluetooth menu item. Hold down the Shift and Option keys, and then click the Bluetooth menu item. You will see the drop-down menu showing several hidden items. Select Debug > Remove all devices. Now you can reset the Bluetooth system. Hold down the Shift and Option keys once again, and open the Bluetooth menu. Select Debug > Reset the Bluetooth Module.

After you clear the Bluetooth System, you can re-pair your Magic Mouse 2 with other Bluetooth devices that have been removed. We hope that this last step will help you, and that you won’t need to search for some more specific and complicated instructions in order to get back the excellent work of your Magic Mouse 2.