How To Fix Magic Mouse Not Working After Updating to macOS Monterey

macOS Monterey has been in the hands of the community for months. Like any major operating system release, there have been some annoying troubles. We have recently heard how macOS Monterey was causing problems for some Magic Mouse owners. With that in mind, we have gathered all the possible fixes for Magic Mouse not working after updating to macOS Monterey.

How to fix Apple Magic Mouse not working after updating to macOS Monterey

Before we go any further, there are some basic fixes for your problem. If none of the below troubling steps work, make sure you read on.

Restart your Mac. This is the easiest way to fix a problem that prevents your Magic Mouse from working properly in macOS Monterey. To do this, click the Apple Menu and click Restart from the drop-down menu.

Update your Mac. If the problem still persists, then try updating your Mac. Apple has been constantly releasing updates that include bug fixes and system performance. To update a Mac, head over to System Preferences > Software Update.

Turn off your Magic Mouse and turn it back on. Every Magic Mouse features a switch on the bottom that allows you to turn it on/off.

Review your Mouse settings. It’s a good idea to review your mouse settings. To do this, head over to System Preferences > Mouse.

Restart your Mac in Safe mode. Booting your Mac in Safe mode is the best way to fix a problem that is caused by software.

Method 1. Disconnect and Reconnect your Mouse

If none of the above solutions works, then try disconnecting and reconnecting your mouse to see if the problem is fixed. The process is pretty simple and you can follow our steps below.

Step one: If your mouse is stuck, then enable Trackpad and click on the Bluetooth icon at the top menu bar.

Step two: From here, select your Mouse’s name and disconnect it.

Step three: Wait for 10 seconds and re-connect it to see if the cursor is working again.

Method 2. Remove your Magic Mouse and Re-Add

macOS allows you to easily remove your Magic Mouse that’s connected to a Mac device. In this case, this method may do the trick. Here is how.

Step one: Open System Preference on your Mac and then click Bluetooth.

Step two: Once you are in, select the Devices tab and right click your Magic Mouse > Remove. You will be asked to confirm your action and hit the Remove button again.

Step three: Now turn off your Mouse using the bottom switch button and then restart your Mac.

Step four: Once your Mac finishes booting up, switch on your Magic Mouse and then enable Bluetooth.

Step five: Re-connect your Magic Mouse and test if it works now.

Method 3. Reset your Mac’s Bluetooth Module

With macOS Monterey, Apple removed the resetting the Bluetooth Module option. This option served as one of the best ways to fix Bluetooth-related issues in macOS. If you want to kill the Bluetooth service in Monterey, you need to trigger Terminal. Here are the steps.

Step one: Open Terminal on your Mac and then enter the following command: sudo pkill bluetoothd

Step two: Now restart your Mac. Once your device finishes booting up, try moving the cursor to see if the problem is dealt with.

Method 4. Delete Preference Files

If the problem remains, then the next solution is to delete preference files. There might be some corrupted files that prevent the Magic Mouse from working properly on your Mac. Here is how.

Step one: From the Finder menu, click Go and then hit Go to Folder.

Step two: Input the following command and hit Enter:

/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Bluetooth.plist

Step three: Now drag this file to the Trash and then reboot your Mac.

Do I Need To Replace Your Magic Mouse?

If none of the above methods works for you, then consider grabbing a new one. In fact, the Apple Magic Mouse may start to show signs of slowdown or age after around 100,000 clicks. If this is the case, then it’s a good time to replace it completely.

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About S. Santos

I am a tech columnist and blogger by trade, but I'm also an avid tennis player. In my spare time, I enjoy reviewing gadgets and gizmos from the world of tech. A lot has changed in the field since I started out as a writer back in 2009, so it's always exciting to keep up with all that's new. To me, there's nothing quite like getting my hands on a brand-new gadget or piece of software for the first time -- it's like Christmas morning every day!

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