How to Charge Apple Mouse

Charging your Apple Mouse should be an easy task, right? You’d like to think so, but sometimes people find they have issues with charging their Apple Magic mouse. Here’s what to do if you’re having trouble charging your mouse.

Steps to Charge the Apple Magic Mouse 2

The Magic Mouse 2 comes with a built-in rechargeable battery and a Lightning to USB Cable for charging. Here’s how to charge it:

First, flip your Magic mouse upside down to see the charging port, which is located on the underside of the mouse.

Next, connect one end of the Lightning Cable to the charging port and the other end to a USB port on your Mac. Make sure to use the cable that came with your Magic mouse if you want optimal charging.

Then, let your Magic mouse charge! You can tell whether it’s charging by heading to the Bluetooth section in your Apple menu bar, where you’ll see the battery life percentage you have remaining.

With the Magic mouse, I’ve found that a few minutes charging time should be good for 1-2 hours of use. A full charge takes about two hours, and can last anywhere from 2 weeks to several months depending on how much you use it.

Checking the Battery Level

You can easily how much battery you’ve got left in any of your Bluetooth devices (like your Magic mouse, Magic keyboard or Magic trackpad) by going to the Bluetooth option, either in your Apple menu bar or within your System Settings.

If you click on the Bluetooth icon in the menu bar on your Mac, you can see the battery life of your Bluetooth devices. You’ll also be able to see what’s connected, and which of your devices are charging (if any).


An alternative way to do this is to go into System Settings and then click Bluetooth. Again, you’ll be able to see the battery percentages, as well as more in-detail information about each device.


The newer Magic mouse uses a built in battery compared to the original, which functioned using AA batteries. Now, we can easily charge the Magic mouse 2 when we’re not using it by connecting it to a power supply.

Troubleshooting Charging Issues

If you encounter issues while charging your Apple Mouse, the first thing you should do is ensure the cable and ports are functioning properly. A problem with your USB or with the lightning port on your mouse can stop it from charging properly.

Next, you should disconnected and reconnect the device from your Macbook. This will reset your Apple device and resolve any temporary connection issues.

Finally, be sure to check for software updates on your Mac that might address peripheral issues.

An outdated operating system can stop your mouse from working properly, making updates necessary if you want to connect devices. You may also notice your mouse cursor disappearing if your battery is too low.


Charging your Apple Mouse is easy enough for most people, though there are still lots of complaints about the location of the lightning port! Hopefully in the future, Apple my choose to make the location on the side of the mouse so we can use it whilst it’s charging.

You can ensure your mouse is always ready for use by using it on a regular basis and turning it off when it’s not in use – this is the same for all Apple devices.



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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