Apple continues to update Mac peripherals. So far, all they made are somewhat magical, at least in their eyes and for some new users.
One amazing product they introduced is Magic Mouse 2. Although it’s technically not new because it is only an updated version of the Magic Mouse, it is undoubtedly one of the best mice that Apple has made over the years.
About Magic Mouse 2
Gone are the days when AA batteries had to be replaced when batteries ran low. The new Magic Mouse 2 now has rechargeable internal lithium-ion batteries that can provide enough power for up to one month of use.
At the moment, this device is available in two colors. One has a standard white top with a silver bottom, while the other is a space gray model that goes perfectly with the color of the iMac Pro.
Magic Mouse 2 Problem and Solutions
Despite being futuristic, some iFolks have reportedly experienced a Magic Mouse 2 issue on Mojave, showing that the innovative product may not be without faults. According to them, it sometimes doesn’t work when they try to right-click on their mouse. Even if they already enabled the new peripheral in System Preferences, nothing happens.
If you are among those users who are having a hard time using their Magic Mouse 2 because it is not working in macOS Mojave, fret not. You’ve come to the right place, as below are several possible solutions to your problem.
But before you jump to any conclusion, be sure you check the battery status of your mouse first. If it is low in power, you have to replace your batteries.
Solution #1: Delete the Bluetooth.plist file.
More often, the reason why Magic Mouse 2 is not working properly is an invalid Bluetooth.plist file. To fix that, follow these steps:
- Go to Finder and open Go menu.
- Select Go to Folder.
- In the text field, enter“/Library/Preferences”.
- Click Go.
- Find the apple.Bluetooth.plist file.
- Click on that file and transfer it to your Desktop. You can use the CMD + C command to copy the file and the CMD + OPT + V to paste the file into its new location. Alternatively, you can simply delete the file by pressing the CMD button on your keyboard and then clicking on the file. Next, select Move to Trash. To be safe, it’s idea to back up the file first.
- Finally, restart your Mac.
After you restart your Mac, your system will recreate the file you have moved or deleted. Magic Mouse 2 should work properly now, but if it doesn’t then try the next solution.
Solution #2: Update OS X Mojave.
Have you already updated your macOS? If not, then it could be one reason why Magic Mouse 2 is not working on your Mac. Update your macOS to the latest version available for your device.
Here’s how to update your macOS:
- Open the App Store.
- Click the Updates icon on the topmost part of your screen.
- If you see any software update available for your Mac, then install it.
If your Magic Mouse 2 is still not cooperating, you can proceed to the last solution.
Solution #3: Restart Magic Mouse 2 and your Mac.
If all else fails, try to restart both your Mac and Magic Mouse 2. The steps below will serve as your guide:
- Open System Preferences.
- Select Mouse -> Preferences.
- Disable the Secondary Click option.
- Restart your Mac.
- Once it restarts, navigate to System Preferences -> Mouse -> Preferences.
- Enable the Secondary Click option again.
If the steps above do not help, restart your Magic Mouse 2. Do this by removing the batteries and putting them back in. Then, toggle off and on your Mac’s Bluetooth. You can also try to unpair and pair your mouse again.
Solution #4: Enable Magic Mouse 2 gestures.
Of course, you need to check if gestures are enabled. To do so, follow these steps:
- Go to System Preferences -> Mouse.
- You should see two tabs: Point & Click and More Gestures.
- Navigate to the Scroll Direction section. Select Natural. Although it is enabled by default, you can decide to switch it off if you prefer.
- Look for the Secondary Click option. Make sure it is enabled so your Magic Mouse 2 will respond to double-clicks and right-clicks.
Solution #5: Clean your Mac.
As you use your Mac on a day-to-day basis, cache and junk files naturally build up. These unwanted files will affect your Mac’s overall performance: not only will they slow down your system, they will also cause programs and peripherals not to respond. Magic Mouse 2 is no exemption.
Make it a habit to scan your Mac for any cache and junk files. Install Mac repair app and free yourself from the time-consuming task of manually scanning unwanted apps, documents, and files.
Magic Mouse 2 Gestures
Now you’ve done everything you could, but Magic Mouse 2 still does not work the way you want it to. Maybe you just have to become familiar with the gestures you can perform with it.
Read on for a list of gestures you can use on your Magic Mouse 2:
- Double-Tap with One Finger – This gesture allows you to quickly zoom in or out on a web page, image, or a PDF file.
- Swipe Left with One Finger – Swiping left with your one finger allows you to go back to the previous web page.
- Swipe Right with One Finger – Swiping right with your one finger takes you to the next web page.
- Swipe Right with Two Fingers – Do this if you want to cycle forward through all your full-screen apps.
- Swipe Left with Two Fingers – If you wish to move backward through all your full-screen apps, just perform this action.
- Double-Tap with Two Fingers – Should you wish to activate Mission Control, double-tap your Magic Mouse 2 using your two fingers.
Apple’s Magic Mouse 2 is definitely a great upgrade as it has maintained all the positive features of the original Magic Mouse while getting improved with a rechargeable battery system. But as with other new devices, Magic Mouse 2 is not perfect and is a work in progress inside the Apple lab. Hopefully, the solutions enumerated above can resolve everyday issues related to its use.
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