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Question: how do i set up my apple trackpad without a mouse

I have just bought an imac. It came only with a keyboard. I bought a Bluetooth trackpad to run with it instead of a mouse. I can't get it to pair

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Mar 15, 2018 12:49 AM in response to Edwardvanson In response to Edwardvanson

Hello Edward.


I took this from Google. More to show you how you can use Google as well as our Apple communities.


1. Reboot your iMac by holding down the iMac power button to shut down, then pressing again to start up.

2. While iMac is rebooting, hold the power button on the trackpad down until it flashes green (discovery mode - two short flashes, repeated).

3. Wait for iMac to finish rebooting. A minute or so later, the bluetooth set up assistant should automatically appear (your trackpad is now connected).

4. Trackpad should auto connect, enabling you to click the appropriate confirmation/agreement notices to complete the bluetooth setup assistant steps.

Mar 15, 2018 12:49 AM

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Mar 16, 2018 1:51 AM in response to Edwardvanson In response to Edwardvanson

Edwardvanson wrote:

ive contacted apple help and their senior tech said there is no way to connect an apple track pad 1 with an imac without a mouse. so there you go, i bought a mouse.. 🙂

Just goes to show you even Apple senior techs can be wrong. 😎


I pulled mine out of a drawer and had no trouble connecting it.


Turned it on, a dialog box opens and says there is a connection request. I press return, and tada, all connected.


Enjoy your new mouse though.

Mar 16, 2018 1:51 AM

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Mar 16, 2018 2:00 AM in response to Edwardvanson In response to Edwardvanson

If you bought a bluetooth trackpad in the last twelve months or so, you will have Trackpad 2 and it should pair with a new iMac automatically ... just as dialabrain described. What makes you think it is a trackpad 1?

Mar 16, 2018 2:00 AM

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Mar 16, 2018 2:30 AM in response to Edwardvanson In response to Edwardvanson

From the Apple page I linked…

Earlier models of Apple Wireless Mouse or Apple Magic Trackpad will connect, or show a dialog. If you see a dialog, click Pair or press return.

Maybe you should have sent the senior advisor the link. 😁

Mar 16, 2018 2:30 AM

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