How to Connect Magic Trackpad to Mac (3 Methods)

Last Updated on Oct 20, 2022

Many macs user prefers trackpads as it has several advantages. First, trackpads let your wrist rest in a preferably natural position as you need to use one or two fingers to operate it. In addition, you can easily use a trackpad with any hand. Hence switching hands will reduce wrist pain and creates an ergonomic work environment.

Additionally, mac user prefers trackpads for gestures and scrolling, which are pretty smooth and accurate. Furthermore, coupled with some keyboard shortcuts and expeditious trackpad speed, you will feel like Neo in your private Matrix. Therefore, you got a trackpad but didn’t know how to connect the Trackpad to a mac.

Read along to understand better how to connect the Trackpad to your Mac using three different methods. In addition, we covered how to connect Trackpad to Mac without a mouse and how to move Trackpad between macs.

Three Methods to Connect Trackpad to Mac

You can quickly connect or pair the Trackpad to Mac using one of the three mentioned methods.

Method 1: Connect Trackpad to Mac Using Cable

Using this method, you can connect trackpads to a new Mac, MacBook Air, or Mac mini.

  • Connect your Trackpad to your Mac using USB C to the lightning cable.
  • Turn on the Power button on the Trackpad. It will show green indicator light.
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connect-trackpad-to-mac-using-usb-c-to-lightning-cable

[Note: Trackpad uses a USB connection to recharge its batteries and automatically pairs with Mac.]

  • Make sure that the trackpad battery is sufficiently charged.
    • To know the percentage of trackpad, follow these steps. Connect Trackpad > Go to Apple Logo > System Settings > Under Bluetooth name; the Battery percentage is visible Next to the Trackpad Name.
  • Unplug the Trackpad to use it as a wireless device.
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know-the-percentage-of-trackpad

[Suppose you want to know How to Connect Mouse to Mac.

Method 2: Connect Trackpad to Mac Using Keyboard

You can connect the Trackpad using a keyboard in two different ways.

Way 1: Connect Trackpad Using The “Different” Keyboard Key

You can quickly connect the Trackpad to your Mac using the keyboard.

Step 1: Open “Spotlight search” by Pressing the “Command + Space” key on the keyboard.

Type “Bluetooth File Exchange” in the search bar and hit the return key on the keyboard to Open it.

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open-bluetooth-file-exchange-using-keyboard-on-mac

Step 3Browse Document window appears. Press the “return key” to the Skip Browse Document window, and it will move to the “Bluetooth Device list” window.

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press-return-to-skip-browse-window-on-mac

Step 4: Next window with Bluetooth device list appears. Browse to your Trackpad using the arrow key on the keyboard.

Step 5Select your Trackpad and Press the Return key on the keyboard to connect your Trackpad.

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press-return-to-connect-trackpad

Connecting your Trackpad to your Mac will take a few seconds using various keyboard keys.

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magic-trackpad-connected-to-mac

It’s connected.

Way 2: Connect the Trackpad Using the Keyboard “Tab key.”

Here are the steps to connect your Trackpad to your Mac using a single Tab key on the keyboard.

To use Tab, you first need to Enable “full keyboard Access.” Therefore, follow the below steps to enable it.

Step 1: Select Apple Logo at the top and click on system settings.

Step 2: Next Select Accessibility.

Step 3: Click on the keyboard and EnableFull Keyboard Access” to shift between the different options using the “Tab key.”

With the above steps, you get full keyboard access; hence with a single Tab key, you can move between options. Furthermore, follow the next steps to connect trackpads using the tab key.

  • Now press the “Command + Space” key to open the Spotlight search.
  • Type System Settings in Spotlight search bar. And hit Spacebar.
  • Now use the Tab key until you find Bluetooth.
  • Turn on Bluetooth.
  • Using the down arrow, find your Trackpad from my device list.
  • On your Trackpad, hit the Spacebar to connect your Trackpad.

Successfully your Trackpad gets to pair with your Mac.

Method 3: From Control Center/Bluetooth settings

Have you recently got a new mac? And you don’t know how to connect the Trackpad to Mac. Don’t worry; we will help you to solve your problem. Hence Using the following steps, you can pair the Trackpad to a mac or connect the wireless Trackpad to a mac.

Step 1: Goto Apple logo.

Step 2: Next Select System Settings.

Step 3: Now Click on Bluetooth and turn on the toggle to enable Bluetooth.

Or directly access Bluetooth from the Control center.

Step 4: For Select your Trackpad from the list of Bluetooth devices.

[Note: If you are using a new trackpad, you will find it under “nearby devices.”] 

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find-connect-trackpad-on-mac-under-nearby-device

In addition, make sure that the Power switch is turned on. Then only the Trackpad becomes discoverable on Bluetooth.]

Step 5: Finally, click Connect button next to your Trackpad.

That’s it! Your magic trackpad 2 pairs with your Mac using the above steps.

How to Connect Trackpad to Mac Without a Mouse

Suppose you don’t have access to any pointer device like a mouse. Therefore, you want to connect your Trackpad to a Mac without using a mouse. However, you don’t know how to connect the Trackpad to the iMac without a mouse.

Without worrying, read further to learn how to do it. You can pair a trackpad to mac without using the mouse with a Cable’s help or the keyboard. Here is a brief explanation for each method.

A) Using cable

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connect-trackpad-to-mac-using-usb-c-to-lightning-cable
  • Connect your Trackpad to your Mac using USB C to the lightning cable.
  • Turn on the Power button on the Trackpad. It will show green indicator light.
  • Make sure that the trackpad battery is sufficiently charged.
  • Unplug the Trackpad to use it as a wireless device.

B) Using Keyboard

Press Command +Space=Spotlight Search > Search “Bluetooth File Exchange” > Hit the return key to open it > Again press the return key to skip the browse document window > Under Bluetooth device list, Search for your Trackpad using The arrow > Select your Trackpad and press return key on the keyboard.

Using the above two methods, you can quickly pair your apple magic trackpad to a mac. However, for more detailed steps of these methods, kindly check the previous topic to learn more.

How to Move Magic Trackpad Between Macs

Suppose you bought a new Apple Magic trackpad and want to use it with your iMac and MacBook. But the issue is you cannot figure out how to switch a single trackpad with different macs. Well, we are more than happy to help you fix your problem.

Automatically Trackpad won’t switch between macs. Therefore, manually you need to disconnect the Trackpad from one device and connect it to another.

Disconnect the Trackpad from the first device (iMac)

Here are the steps to disconnect the Trackpad from the first device.

  1. Go to the apple logo, then select system settings.
  2. Click on Bluetooth.
  3. Now Select your Trackpad from the list of Bluetooth devices and click the Disconnect button next to the Trackpad.
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disconnect-trackpad-from-mac

Hence using the above steps, you unpair your Trackpad with a mac. Now follow the next steps to pair it with a different mac.

Connect Trackpad to a second device (MacBook)

Now on the second Mac, you need to connect your Trackpad. Here are steps to pair magic trackpad2 with Mac.

  1. On another mac, go to the apple logo.
  2. Click on Bluetooth.
  3. Now Select your Trackpad from the list of Bluetooth devices and click connect button next to the Trackpad.
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connect-trackpad-on-another-mac

However, sometimes the Trackpad won’t pair with the Mac; in that case, turn off the power button of the Trackpad. Then turn on the power button of the Trackpad. Then, again, try to connect Trackpad to Mac.

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