How to Connect Logitech Wireless Mouse to Mac
If your default Apple mouse is out of service, the Logitech wireless mouse can be an economical alternative to that. This tutorial will mentor you on how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac.
Last month my two-year-old toddler made a submarine out of my Magic Mouse 2, and that mouse surely wasn’t waterproof. So, I had to manage a replacement one for my Mac as office work must go on. What saved me was a cheaper alternative to my Apple mouse, the Logitech m705. Logitech m705 mouse pairing with my Mac worked pretty well.
All these cheap alternatives eventually made me wonder why not third-party wireless mice? Aside from the sleek look of MM2, the similar performance of the Logitech m705 mouse pairing didn’t give me much trouble. However, later on, I switched to Logitech m510. Which is an even more budget-friendly option. In this article, I have compiled all possible ways of how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac.
How to connect Logitech m510 mouse to Mac
If you are wondering how to install a Logitech wireless mouse, I can assure you that it’s very easy. After my magic mouse magically turned into a toy boat, I had to buy this wireless mouse. The device comes with a unifying USB dongle. This tiny receiver pairs up the mouse with my Mac. Here’s how these two devices work:
- Get a Logitech m510 mouse with a unifying radio USB receiver
- Turn on the power of your mouse. Make sure the Mouse is loaded with batteries
- Connect the receiver to one of the USB ports of your Mac
- Keep your m510 wireless mouse close to the Mac, and it will pair up automatically in a moment
Please note that there are instances where Logitech or any other third-party wireless mouse shows weak signals when connected to Mac or iMac. This is because Apple is self-contained. The ecosystem doesn’t welcome third-party components as much. However, when the whole discussion is about how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac, making some driver software tweaking and keeping the mouse close to the Mac can solve this issue.
Logitech mouse Bluetooth pairing
I have used the Logitech m510 for a week or two, and it was an RF-type mouse. This means it needs an extra USB dongle as the radio receiver. But I didn’t like the idea that a wireless mouse dongle would occupy one of the three USB ports of my Mac. There’s a solution for that too. A Bluetooth mouse such as MX Anywhere 2 can cut off the dongle limitation.
How to connect Logitech Bluetooth mouse- Simple steps
- Power on the mouse using the dedicated power switch beneath the mouse
- Press on the connection channel button, which lights blinks, indicating the mouse’s readiness for connection
- Connect Logitech Bluetooth mouse with your Mac using Logitech Bluetooth Smart™ software
- Once connected successfully, the blinking stops, and a steady LED lights up
- Your mouse is now connected successfully to Mac via Bluetooth
- You can additionally install mouse installation software on your Mac. The Logitech Options software comes in the package
- Launch the software and follow the instruction for further configuration of your wireless Logitech Mouse
Pros and cons of pairing Logitech mouse to Mac
Let’s divert our concentration away from the topic of how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac for a moment. While there are many advantages of pairing a Logitech mouse, especially a Bluetooth one, you also have a few drawbacks. I have listed out the benefits and a few drawbacks I have faced while using a wireless mouse:
Connect Logitech wireless mouse- Advantages
- No more wires and cables
- Dedicated software to customize buttons and functions of the mouse
- Some of the Logitech mice come with a rechargeable battery, and most models have a long battery life
- Easy to travel with, and the bluetooth mouse doesn’t need any external USB dongle.
- No issues of loose USB connectivity or torn cords
Connect wireless Mouse to Mac- Drawbacks
- Required USB dongle for RF type models or an extra user software for Bluetooth mice
- The bluetooth mouse may take some time to sync with the Mac when connecting
- The tiny dongle of RF type may get lost
- You have to change the battery, if not a rechargeable one, once in a year or two
How to connect Mouse to Mac- Frequently asked queries
By now, you are supposed to have a clear idea about how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac. You should also be accustomed to several facts related to how to connect Mouse to Mac, or more precisely, how to connect wireless Mouse to Mac. Now, it’s time to dig a little deeper:
How to connect Bluetooth mouse to MacBook Air?
- Launch the System preferences from the Doc at the top left corner
- Click the Bluetooth option from the menu
- Click on the ‘Turn Bluetooth On’ button on the left
- Turn on your Bluetooth mouse. You can find the power bottom at the bottom of your mouse
- Click the Connection channel button. A blinking LED suggests that your mouse is ready to pair up
- Keep the mouse close to your MacBook Air. You will see your mouse’s name on the Device list
- Click the connect button next to it.
- After a brief sync, your Bluetooth mouse is finally connected to your MacBook Air
How to connect Logitech mouse without the receiver?
You can connect your wireless Logitech mouse even when it doesn’t have its own RF receiver. There are two ways; either your mouse supports Bluetooth connectivity, or you must have other wireless Logitech peripheral devices using a Unifying USB dongle.
Connect Logitech wireless mouse using Bluetooth
In the quest of how to connect Logitech wireless mouse to Mac or other Apple laptops, an active Bluetooth connection changes the game. Newer models of Logitech mice come with a Bluetooth connectivity facility. So, all it needs is Logitech official driver software that comes along with the retail package. You can also get the software online. The connection process has already been discussed above in this article.
Borrowing RF receiver of other Logitech wireless device
The other choice is by sharing the Unifying receiver that comes with Logitech wireless keyboard. Often, Logitech’s RF receiver transmits a common radio frequency that can be identified by this brand’s wireless keyboards and mice. So, if the dedicated receiver of your Logitech mouse got lost or damaged, you can use the RF dongle of the Logitech wireless keyboard.