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Question: Temporary use of Magic Mouse instead of Magic Mouse 2

I would like to pair my old Magic Mouse with my newer Late 2015 model iMac. The iMac came with Magic Mouse 2 but I need something to use temporarily when it is charging up.


My older Mac’s Magic Mouse would be ideal for this purpose if only I could work out how to pair it with my iMac. My iMac seems only to be able to find the MM2.

iMac with Retina 5K display, macOS Sierra (10.12.6), 4ghz i7 16GB RAM June 2016

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pair one at a time. So unpair the MM2 . I use and always have a usb mouse attached in case of issues.

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Nov 14, 2017 9:06 AM in response to El Deanio In response to El Deanio

Yeah, that’s weird. Obviously you need ‘a’ mouse of some kind and ‘a’ keyboard of some kind, that much is true. All I could suggest is that you go to Bluetooth preferences and add the Magic Mouse, turn it on, and it should connect-you shouldn’t have to pair it with your iMac. In theory you should be able to have 2 Bluetooth mice going at the same time/however this may not be true- it may be one at a time- other than that maybe choose ‘forget this device’ and add it later, maybe zap pram and see if that helps

Well I tried


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Nov 14, 2017 9:06 AM in response to El Deanio In response to El Deanio

Yeah, that’s weird. Obviously you need ‘a’ mouse of some kind and ‘a’ keyboard of some kind, that much is true. All I could suggest is that you go to Bluetooth preferences and add the Magic Mouse, turn it on, and it should connect-you shouldn’t have to pair it with your iMac. In theory you should be able to have 2 Bluetooth mice going at the same time/however this may not be true- it may be one at a time- other than that maybe choose ‘forget this device’ and add it later, maybe zap pram and see if that helps

Well I tried


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Nov 14, 2017 9:19 AM in response to El Deanio In response to El Deanio

Thanks guys.


I disconnected MM2. Used the Bluetooth Prefs panel. Couldn’t get it to detect the MM immediately. Switched the MM off then on again and lo! - there it was.


I used an old USB mouse to select it and I was away. Terrific.


Next I discovered that I didn’t actually have to disconnect the MM to get the MM2 back again (or, by implication, use the USB mouse).


Right now both mouses are working perfectly simultaneously. I think I'm going to leave it this way.


Thanks guys for pointing me in the right direction. Much appreciated.

Nov 14, 2017 9:19 AM

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Nov 16, 2017 3:08 PM in response to El Deanio In response to El Deanio

One other thing - the MM doesn’t work until I have logged in.


I have to tab to my account picture to type in my password. Then it works.


Don’t have this, very minor, issue if using MM2 or the USB mouse.

Nov 16, 2017 3:08 PM

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