While iPads were developed explicitly for accessible touch controls, using a mouse is more familiar and sometimes preferred. Compared to mobile devices and laptops, iPads are more portable and easy to configure to your needs.
Fortunately, you can connect a mouse to your iPad without jailbreaking it! Keep reading to find out how.
How to Connect a Mouse to Your iPad With a Cable
- Use a Lightning-to-USB cable that looks similar to this:
Most Lightning-to-USB cables are affordable and range between 1 and 2 meters long. Purchasing one with a built-in wheel can keep it from becoming tangled. Otherwise, you can buy a cable organizing clip.
- Connect the Lightning-to-USB cable to the power slot at the bottom of your iPad. Connect the mouse to the USB slot.
- Your iPad should automatically discover the mouse, and the cursor will appear on your device’s display.
How to Connect a Mouse to Your iPad Wirelessly
If your wireless mouse has a USB receiver, you can connect the receiver to the Lightning-to-USB cable as you would with a wired mouse. However, most wireless mice have direct Bluetooth capabilities that enable users to connect to their iPads without an extension or plug.
Using the same process, you can connect a wired or wireless keyboard to your iPad. However, you can’t use a mouse and keyboard simultaneously.
In addition, Apple forums confirm you can only perform this method on iPads newer than the 4th generation (2016).
Thanks to this no-jailbreak method of connecting a mouse to your iPad, you won’t have to risk voiding your warranty, and you can be more productive! Let us know your favorite mice to use with your iPad in the comments below.