How to use a trackpad or mouse with your iPad
iPadOS 13.4 adds full trackpad and mouse. Here’s how to use.
Apple has released iPadOS 13.4 for the iPad. This is a major update, bringing support for a trackpad and mouse. Other than that, the update also brings a number of new features including iCloud Drive folder sharing, new Memoji stickers, and support for universal purchases between iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
But, of course, the highlight of iPadOS 13.4 is how Apple is transforming the iPad into a full-fledged computer. The ability to use trackpad and mouse with the iPad further bridges the gap between a tablet and a computer.
In this quick guide, we will tell you everything new in iPadOS 13.4, how to use a trackpad or mouse with the iPad, which iPad models support trackpad or mouse and what are the trackpads and mouse to use with the device.
How to download and install iPadOS 13.4 on your iPad
The best and easiest way to install the update is over-the-air, directly on your iPad. Here’s how to do it.
*Before downloading the update, make sure you have a recent iCloud backup.
*Go to Settings and tap on General
*Tap in Software Update
*Tap on Download and Install
*Enter your passwords, if prompted
*Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions
*Tap Again to confirm
The download will begin automatically. If not, may see a notice: “Preparing to download.” After a few seconds, the download will begin shortly.
Apple is rolling out the latest iPadOS 13.4 for the iPad.
Here’s what’s new in iPadOS 13.4
*For the iPad, the biggest change with the new update is an on-screen cursor. That can be controlled with a trackpad or mouse.
*Folder sharing for iCloud drive is now a reality. Like any other cloud storage platform, you can share a folder with others, be it documents or files, and have everyone share the contents of that folder.
*The iPad also gets updates to the Mail app, Files and App Store and Apple Aracde.
*The iPad also gets nine new Memoji stickers.
*There is a long list of bugfixes for the iPad.
*Magic Keyboard for iPad support on iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later) and iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation or later)
Pairing a trackpad or mouse with the iPad is a breeze.
How to pair a trackpad or mouse with your iPad
*Power on the mouse or trackpad.
*Now put your mouse or trackpad into a pairing mode
*Go to Settings on your iPad
*Tap your mouse or trackpad under Other Devices
Your mouse or trackpad will now be paired with your iPad.
Trackpad takes full advantage of gestures and easily switches between apps to the home screen.
How to use a trackpad with your iPad
Once you connect a trackpad or mouse with the iPad, follow these instructions
*Open Settings and tap General
*Tap Trackpad or Trackpad or Mouse (this option will only appear once those accessories are connected via Bluetooth)
*Drag the slider to change the tracking speed of your pointing device
*Tap the switch next to Natural Scrolling to turn natural scrolling
*Tap the switch next to Tap to Click to enable or disable the feature
*Tap the switch next to Two Finger Secondary Click to enable or disable the feature
The official trackpad support for the iPad is finally here.
Which iPad models support trackpad and mouse?
Trackpad and mouse support is coming to all iPad models that have been launched in the past few months. Here is a complete list
*All iPad Pro models
*iPad 5th gen and later
*iPad Mini 4 and later
*iPad Air 2 and later
The price tag of Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 may seem expensive for some but it is the best external trackpad one can buy for the iPad or iMac.
What are the best trackpad keyboards and external trackpads available to buy?
Trackpad support will work with Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2, a Magic Keyboard for the iPad Pro (launch in May), and Magic Mouse 2. You can also buy any third-party mouse via Bluetooth or USB.
Logitech has released an iPad case with a keyboard and built-in trackpad. The case works with the seventh-generation iPad (the model with a10.2-inch screen) and the iPad Air 3. Logitech’s keyboard case costs $150, though the accessory seems to be limited to the US.
In case you want to buy Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2, get ready to shell over Rs 10.000.