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How to Use a Mouse with an iPad (without Jailbreaking)

How to Use a Mouse with an iPad (without Jailbreaking)

Sometimes, you just wish you had the option to use a mouse with your iPad. I know, touch controls are easy and everything goes smooth without one, but there are some moments when you really start feeling the need for a traditional mouse. And that’s what we’re going to talk about in this article: how to use a mouse with an iPad, without jailbreaking your device. It can be done!

I love using my iPad and I am always upset when I hear people predicting that the tablet market is dying. I actually consider them perfect for entertainment and portability. Better than phones because of their larger screen and, in most cases, better performance. Better than laptops if you don’t have to work and do a lot of typing. Easier to carry around. Perfect!

Yes, I love my iPad. And I love it as it is.

But even so, I sometimes feel the need for a traditional mouse and, even though support for one is something that iPad users have been asking for ages, this is one of those features that was always ignored by Apple (and most other tablet manufacturers out there).

But if you really want to connect a mouse to your iPad, you can by following our tips and tricks. Here is what you need to do.

How to connect a mouse to iPad

1. First of all, you will need to purchase a Lightning to USB Cable that looks like this:

The price for such a gadget is really low and it’s extremely useful to have one on hand. I have linked to one with a long cable (2 feet or 0.6 meters) and a nice wheel to prevent it from getting tangled.

2. Connect the Lightning to USB cable into the power slot at the bottom of your iPad. In the USB slot, connect your mouse (it can be a wireless mouse too)

3. The mouse will be discovered by the iPad and a mouse cursor will appear on your device’s display. You can now use your mouse with your iPad without jailbreaking.

Bonus: The same process can be done with a keyboard too. Just plug it in the USB slot and you’ll be able to use it for faster typing, without purchasing a special keyboard for the iPad. The only downside here is that, using this method, you can’t use both a mouse and a keyboard at the same time.

This is a really nice method that seems to work without the need to jailbreak your iPad. Jailbreaking is something that many people do, but Apple frowns upon this practice. Also, if you do this, you will lose your warranty, so I wouldn’t say it’s really worth it.

This method was confirmed by MethodicWriter and shared on the Apple forums. So it has been tested (on an iPad 4th generation) in 2016.

So give it a try if you haven’t and let us know if you managed to make it work without problems. Also, if you manage to find other ways to connect a mouse to your iPad, let us know!

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Monday 10th of June 2019

Legit curious about this: " The only downside here is that, using this method, you can’t use both a mouse and a keyboard at the same time."

Did you try it with a USB hub?

Calin Ciabai

Tuesday 11th of June 2019

Good point - at the moment of writing this article, no USB hub was used.


Monday 10th of June 2019

Pardon me but this line is not accurate: "ignored by Apple (and most other tablet manufacturers out there)."

EVERY OTHER MANUFACTURER OFFERS MOUSE SUPPORT. Even Jailbroken ipads offer it - hence your article.

Apple is a ridiculous outlier in specifically not allowing mouse access, and this point is critical to note.

Noah Tsaying

Tuesday 27th of November 2018

The best answer available on the net is that there actually was a supported mouse driver through iOS 9.x answers along the lines of ‘’there is no mouse pointer in iOS” is just plain wrong, did’t you ever notice the text cursor moving around under your finger? That it doesn’t *displa* an arrow to indicate the location of your fingertip in other contexts doesn’t mean it isn’t keeping track of the location. If you’re thinking “it needs a graphics controller with sprite hardware” it tine to put down your Apple IIe manual. An OS interacts with any pointing device in a fundamentally similar way, be it intinsicsly relative position device like a mouse, or an absolute position device like a touch screen or an old school magnetostrictive digitizer for drawing. The OS gets status messages at regular intervals from the pointing device with information about position and the status of feature actions like buttons taps swipes of lifted/touching etc. The visible result of that pointing device message may or may not cause the OS to change update the display, but the pointer location and status always exists.

william zhao

Monday 1st of October 2018

First off, this is obviously a lie. And, if you scroll to the bottom, you see that this site is affiliated with Amazon. This article was just a tactic to sell stuff on Amazon. Wow

Jameson Langston

Friday 10th of August 2018

This is a proven lie. The iOS lineup was not made to support mice and/or trackpads. Also he clearly has no idea what he is talking about because what he is showing does not correlate with what he is talking about. If you want to use a mouse, you can use the mouse jailbraik from cydia or use a Remote Desktop.