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How to Use Mouse Support & Trackpad in iPadOS 13.4

Use Mouse Support and Trackpad: The most popular feature in iPadOS 13.4 is the launch of trackpad support. However, after adding to the iPad mouse support launched, the Apple tablet is ever-closer to becoming a full-fledged PC. Come let’s look at how to enable and use mouse support and trackpad in iPadOS 13.4.

All You Need To Know:

To use a compatible trackpad or mouse, you need an iPad Pro all models. They are iPad Air 2 or later, iPad mini 4 (or later) or iPad (5th generation). Also, you have iPadOS 13.4 or later installed on your computer.

The trackpad support also works with the Apple Magic Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad, and several third-party mice that attach through Bluetooth. In May, Apple’s launching the latest Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro. It includes both a keyboard and a built-in trackpad. Also, It supports the iPad Pro 12.9‑inch and iPad Pro 11‑inch.

Connecting to Your iPad

Before using a mouse or trackpad with your tablet, simply connect it using Bluetooth. To do so:

Step 1:

Firstly, enable your Bluetooth accessory and place it near your tablet.

Step 2:

Now put the accessory in pairing mode. Also, check using the manufacturer for instructions.

  • Immediately the Apple Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2 should work.
Step 3:

Click on the Settings app on your iPad.

Step 4:

Select Bluetooth.

Step 5:

Choose the Bluetooth accessory under Other Devices and pair it via iPad.

Note: Depending on the connected accessory, you might need to take additional steps. Follow any on-screen steps that appear.

Using your TrackPad on iPad

Once the trackpad gets connected, you’ll see a circular cursor on your iPad. Using your finger swipe or mouse, you can move around the iPad screen just as you would on a computer. Without activity, the cursor vanishes. Simply move the mouse or touch the trackpad to continue.

Customize Your Movements: TrackPad

You can also adjust a few settings for the trackpad on your iPad. However, these settings are placed under the Settings app on your tablet under General > TrackPad:

Step 1:

Initially, use the Tracking Speed slider to adjust how instantly the cursor moves.

Step 2:

Enable Natural Scrolling to make the content track the movement of your fingers scrolling on it.

Step 3:

Also, tap when enable, makes a click on the trackpad act as a click.

Step 4:

After enabling Two-Finger Secondary tap, you can use a two-finger tap or click as a secondary click.

Note: Make sure while having a trackpad and mouse installed. You’ll simply find these controls under Settings > General > TrackPad & Mouse.

Additional Changes

You can also customize the cursor further by moving into the Settings app under Accessibility > Pointer Control. There, you can also customize these features:

Step 1:

Initially, make the cursor less transparent and darker, enable Increase Contrast.

Step 2:

Click Automatically Hide Pointer, then choose how long you like the cursor to stay visible when it’s not moving.

Step 3:

To choose a different color for the cursor, click Color.

Step 4:

If you want to resize the cursor i.e larger or smaller. Simply drag the Pointer Size slider.

Step 5:

Enable or disable Pointer Animations.

Step 6:

To adjust how instantly pages moves when you use your Bluetooth mouse or trackpad, use the Scrolling Speed slider.

Trackpad Gestures

Apple has enlarged the existing gestures that worked separately or built-in with a Mac. The main gestures of trackpad include the following:

Three Fingers

Using three fingers on your Magic Mouse 2 or Apple Trackpad 2 simply perform small tasks. When scrolling left or right, you can simply apps, as you would using a four-finger swipe on the screen. However, the left-right movement works the same on the Home screen and also inside apps, where you can bring up the earlier used app(s).

However, inside an app, an upward movement three-finger swipe brings you back to the Home screen. You can also move between the apps using a three-finger swipe up and pause on the Home screen.

After using a five-finger craw you’ll also either return back to the Home screen or view the active apps.

Two Fingers

Using two fingers, you can simply move up or down in apps on your iPad. This works great while surfing the web, reviewing your images in the Photos app, and much more. On the Home screen, movements from top to bottom using two fingers brings up Spotlight.

Other Gestures

You can also perform these tasks using trackpad support:

  • Right-tap: It takes a tap using two fingers to bring up the right-tap.
  • Control Center: Click on the status bar in the upper right to bring up Control Center.
  • Notifications: Click on the status bar in the upper left to view Notifications.

What’s More

Craig Federighi Apple executive publishes a short how-to about the trackpad on iPadOS. The video is quite less than 3 minutes and worth your time.

Trackpad also supports on the iPad is an amazing step at further blurring the line between tablet and PC use. I plan on purchasing the latest Magic Keyboard for iPad Pro when it reaches for an all-in-one experience using my 2nd-generation 11-inch iPad Pro. I’ll allow you to know what I think at that time. In the meantime, make sure to install iPadOS 13.4 to get begin using trackpad and mouse support today.


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