Mouse Not Engaged on Your Mac? 10 Tricks to Repair It

Are you having trouble getting your mouse to work properly on your Mac? Whether it's a Magic Mouse or a third-party Bluetooth, wireless, or wired mouse, you will eventually have problems with the mouse.

Here are some tips and fixes to help get your mouse working properly again on your Mac.

Before starting: Activate the mouse buttons

Mouse Keys is an accessibility feature that lets you navigate macOS with your keyboard. If you don't have another input device (such as a trackpad), you may want to enable it before working your way through some of the fixes below.

Start by pressing Cmd + possibility + F5 the Accessibility Menu. Then press the button tab Press the key repeatedly to activate the Mouse buttons Possibility. Press room to select it, followed by Esc to save your changes.


Use the button with the mouse buttons activated 7th, 8th, 9, U., Ö, J., K., and L. Key (or the 7th, 8th, 9, 4th, 6th, 1, 2, and 3 Keys on a number pad) to move the cursor. You can use the … I Key (or the 5 Button on the number pad) to replicate a mouse click.

Related: Mac Accessibility Shortcuts: Navigate your Mac without a mouse


1. Turn off your Mac's bluetooth and turn it on again

If you're using a bluetooth mouse, try disabling and re-enabling bluetooth on your Mac. This usually helps to fix minor glitches that are preventing your mouse from connecting. In order to do this:

  1. Open that Bluetooth Status menu from the menu bar. If you don't see it, open the control center and expand the Bluetooth Control.

  2. Turn off the switch next to Bluetooth.

  3. Wait a few seconds and turn it back on.

Bluetooth status menu

If your mouse doesn't connect automatically, choose it from the equipment Bluetooth status menu section.

2. Remove the USB receiver and reconnect it

If you're using a standard wireless mouse, disconnect the USB receiver, restart your Mac, and then plug the receiver back in. This could fix problems with the device.

If you're using a USB hub, you should also try plugging the receiver directly into a USB port on your Mac. This should ensure that the USB receiver has enough power to function properly.

3. Charge or replace the mouse battery

Did you recently charge or replace your mouse's battery? A low battery can prevent your mouse from connecting to your computer. Even when a connection is established, unpredictable cursor behavior can occur.

If you're using a Magic Mouse 2, charge it through the Lightning connector for at least 15 minutes. If you don't see a charging port (which is the case with the original Magic Mouse), remove the battery compartment cover and replace the battery (or batteries) inside.

Magic mouse

4. Turn the mouse's power switch off and then on again

Turning the mouse off and on again is another way to repair a faulty device. Look for one On/.out Switch – you can usually find it on the bottom of the mouse.

If you have a Bluetooth mouse (such as the Magic Mouse), you may need to manually pair it through the Bluetooth status menu (as mentioned above) after turning it back on.

5. Pair the Bluetooth mouse with your Mac again

If you're using a Magic Mouse or other Bluetooth mouse, remove it from your Mac and try pairing again:

  1. Open that Apple Menu and choose System settings.

  2. Choose Bluetooth.

  3. control-Click on your bluetooth mouse and select Remove.
  4. Choose Remove once again.

  5. Turn off your bluetooth mouse, wait a moment, and then turn it on again.

  6. Select the Connect Button to re-pair your mouse with your Mac.

Bluetooth settings

6. Check your Mac's mouse settings

Is the cursor moving very slowly on your Mac? Finding it impossible to right click the Magic Mouse? Is your mouse scrolling in the wrong direction?

In these cases, you should go to your Mac's settings panel and make sure everything is configured correctly:

  1. Open that Apple Menu and choose System settings.

  2. Choose mouse.

  3. Use the configuration options in Mouse Settings to determine how your mouse works.

Mouse settings

For example, if you're using a Magic Mouse, check the box next to Secondary click to enable right-click, or drag the slider below it Tracking speed to see how fast the cursor is moving on the screen.

You can also switch to More gestures Tab to enable and disable Magic Mouse gestures.

Related: MacBook Cursor Jumps When Typing? Corrections to try out

7. Install the third-party mouse support software

If you are using a third-party mouse, you may need to have software installed for it to work properly. For example, the Logitech Options app provides additional settings that you can use to configure how Logitech mice work on your Mac.

Mouse support software

Search the manufacturer's website (Logitech, Dell, HP, etc.) for driver or software downloads and install any support software available for your mouse.

8. Debug the bluetooth module on your Mac

If you are still having connectivity or other issues with a bluetooth mouse, debug the bluetooth module on your Mac. Follow these steps:

  1. Hold down both shift and the possibility Buttons at the same time and open the Bluetooth Status menu. You see more details and options than usual.

  2. Choose Reset the bluetooth module Possibility.

  3. Choose okay.

Debug the bluetooth module

Your Mac will automatically debug the Bluetooth module. Your mouse (and all other Bluetooth devices) will be disconnected and reconnected after a few seconds. If this doesn't happen correctly, restart your Mac.

Related: How to Fix When Bluetooth Is Not Available on Your Mac

9. Update the system software on your Mac

Check for pending system software updates on your Mac and install them. That should fix any known bugs or other issues that are preventing your mouse from working properly.

To check for updates:

  1. Open that Apple Menu and choose System settings.

  2. Choose Software update.

  3. Choose Update now to install available updates.

Update Mac

10. Delete the mouse property list files

Deleting the property list (PLIST) files that contain your mouse settings and configuration settings is another way to fix a malfunctioning mouse. While you shouldn't break anything in the end, this is a more drastic step than the one above.

So it is best to take a Time Machine backup before proceeding. Once you are ready to proceed:

  1. to open finder and select Walk > Go to the folder.

  2. Art ~ / Library / Settings and select Walk.

  3. Select the following files and move them to the trash:


Delete PLIST files

After that, restart your Mac. The deleted PLIST files are then automatically recreated. Assuming your mouse is working properly after this, go to the settings area (System settings > mouse) to configure it again.

Next steps for broken mice

Hopefully the mouse you are using with your Mac is now working properly. If not, reset the NVRAM and SMC on your Mac. If this doesn't fix anything, the mouse is probably defective.

To make sure, connect the mouse to another Mac. If you continue to experience the same problems, it is time to repair or replace your mouse. Opting for a Magic Trackpad is also a good idea.

Magic trackpad

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Dilum Senevirathne
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience publishing online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web applications. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.

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