Magic Mouse 2 now works in iPadOS and iOS 13, but support for gestures still nonexistent

It didn’t work previously, but Apple’s wireless mouse can now be paired with an iPhone or iPad.

iOS 13 and iPadOS brought mouse support as an accessibility feature for the first time to the mobile platform. You can use any Bluetooth wireless mouse (or a wired USB mouse in case of the iPad Pro) with your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad by following our setup guide.

Magic Mouse 2 works like a regular Bluetooth mouse so we did expect it to work in the iPadOS beta from day one, but that wasn’t the case. In fact, mouse support in the first developer beta was a hit-and-miss affair in terms of pairing reliability.

This has now been fixed, at least in terms of basic Magic Mouse 2 capabilities such as pairing and moving the cursor around, as noted by Average Tech Guy on YouTube.

To pair your mouse, go to Settings → Accessibility → Assistive Touch → Always Show Menu → Turn Off. Next, you’ll want to go to Settings→ Accessibility → Switch Control and further into Switches and tap Bluetooth Devices underneath the Add New Switch heading.

Now turn on your Magic Mouse 2 and pair it. Go back to your Assistive Touch settings and turn on this function, then scroll down to Pointer Devices and tap on Devices.

Your Magic Mouse 2 should be listed as connected.

Like with other wireless mice, you can customize mouse buttons to your preference. Magic Mouse 2 support in iPadOS and iOS 13 isn’t fully baked yet. For instance, you cannot use nor can you customize swipe gestures that work on your Mac, like swiping up/down to scroll or swiping left/right with two fingers to go to the next/previous item.

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