How to Pair Your Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard with Macbook Pro
Not everyone will like the Magic Mouse or Magic Keyboard that comes with your Macbook Pro. You can pair a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard with your Mac instead.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to connect devices like your Mac, a mouse and a keyboard at a distance of up to about 10 meters or 30 feet. Check to see if your Macbook Pro has Bluetooth by looking for the Bluetooth icon in your menu bar.If you see it, your computer has Bluetooth.
It’s not difficult to pair a Bluetooth mouse or keyboard with your Mac. You can buy a third-party Bluetooth mouse or keyboard and connect it.
How to Set Up and Connect a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse:
Click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your Mac screen. When you see a menu drop down, click on System Preferences. Click on the Bluetooth icon, which looks like a creatively designed B, from the list of options that you will see. Turn Bluetooth on if it isn’t activated.
“Pairing” is what you do to connect your wireless device with your computer.
Put your device in pairing mode. Follow the instructions that came with your device. Often there will be a button to push to put it into pairing mode.
There may be an LED light on your device. If it is blinking, it means it’s ready to be discovered by another Bluetooth device. If it is steady, it means your device is already paired with Bluetooth on another computer or device like your iPhone. Unpair your keyboard or mouse from the other device, turn it off and back on.
Go to the Apple menu on your Macbook Pro and choose Apple Menu then System Preferences. Your Mac will scan for discoverable Bluetooth devices. Click on Bluetooth, select the device you want to use from the Bluetooth devices discovered, and select the device you want.
How to Disconnect a Bluetooth Keyboard or Mouse
You can also disconnect a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse from your device. To unpair it, go back to the Apple Menu and System Preferences on your Macbook Pro. Click on Bluetooth and hover your pointer over which device you want to unpair. Click the X button that appears next to your device’s name to unpair it.
A third-party Bluetooth mouse or keyboard can add more functionality to your Macbook Pro. Follow these above steps and enjoy those added functions or comfort as you work the way you want to work.
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