Apple Mouse Keeps Disconnecting? Here’s what to do

The Apple Magic mouse is still the most popular mouse for Macbook users, and when compared to other wireless devices, it’s easy to see why. It has a long battery life, it’s a sleek design and above all it’s reliable.. most of the time, anyway.

There are times when some Macbook users find that their Apple Magic mouse has disconnected from their Mac, and an Apple Mouse that keeps disconnecting can be extremely frustrating. Here’s why this happens, and how you can fix it.

How to Fix Your Apple Magic Mouse Keeps Disconnecting

I’ll keep it short and sweet – the 5 most common ways to fix Apple’s Magic mouse continually disconnecting are;

  1. Make sure your mouse battery is charged

  2. Update your macOS software

  3. Ensure there’s no interference problem

  4. Double check for a Hardware failure

  5. Consider software glitches

So if you find that your Magic mouse disconnects, run through these steps to get it fixed. Let’s look at each of them in more detail.

Potential Battery Issues

The most common cause of disconnection issues with the Apple Magic Mouse is related to battery problems. The second generation Magic mouse versions don’t rely on AA batteries like the original, so this can often be resolved pretty easily.

As you’d expect, when the mouse’s battery level is low, it may disconnect. So, first things first, it’s crucial to check the battery level and recharge the batteries if necessary. It’s important that you leave the Magic mouse on charge for a while.

However, there’s also a slim chance that the issue may stem from an issue with the rechargeable battery. If you’ve owned it for a long time, this can happen – though it’s rare. Replacing the Magic mouse battery isn’t recommended, though it is possible.

Interference from External Devices

Interference from other electronic devices is another reason your Magic Mouse might be disconnecting. Devices like Wi-Fi routers, cordless phones, or even other Bluetooth devices can interfere with the connection between your Magic Mouse and your MacBook.

The strength and quality of a Bluetooth signal play a pivotal role in its performance. Weak signals are more susceptible to interference. Keeping your devices within a reasonable range ensures a stronger connection. You may also want to update your Wi-Fi router if possible too.

Bluetooth Connectivity Problems

You need an active Bluetooth connection to link your MacBook to your Magic Mouse. However, one of the most likely reasons that this occurs is that you have outdated software.

An outdated macOS connectivity issues, which is why ensuring your system is up-to-date can help resolve this. To do this, click on the Apple icon in the Menu bar, select About This Mac and then click Software Update.

Hardware Malfunctions

In some cases, the problem could be due to hardware malfunctions with the mouse itself. This can be something like the lightning port being broken and not being able to charge properly, or with the USB cable you’re using to charge it with.

As with any Bluetooth device, the hardware issue could also be with the MacBook’s Bluetooth module. The best way to determine this is to check whether other Bluetooth devices also have connectivity issues with your Mac.

Software Conflicts

Sometimes, software conflicts can cause disconnection issues. Certain third party apps may interfere with Bluetooth connectivity, so it’s important to consider if the disconnections occur after installing or running specific applications.

It could also be a simple operating system glitch. Sometimes, a glitch in the operating system can cause connectivity issues. As mentioned, ensuring you’re using the latest operating system and then restarting your MacBook can resolve temporary software glitches.

By troubleshooting these potential reasons, you can identify and fix the issue causing your Apple Magic Mouse to keep disconnecting. Remember, regular maintenance and software updates can often prevent such connectivity problems.


Battery problems are usually at the heart of the issue with the newest Apple wireless mouse, however it’s still a massive improvement on the first generation magic mouse that was released. Between battery problems, a software glitch, Bluetooth connection issues and in some cases a hardware failure, you can usually determine the cause fairly easy and find a solution.



Full-time writer, Apple fanboy and macOS supremacist. Currently running: 16" Macbook Pro w/ 64GB RAM & M1 Max. Already wants to upgrade to the M3 😫😭

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