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How to Deal With a Sluggish Magic Mouse That’s Tracking Slowly

Is your Magic Mouse acting sluggish and tracking slowly? If so, there are several steps you can take to get it back up to speed (literally).  First check out our article, Things You Can Change With Your Mac’s Mouse and Trackpad Setting.

If adjusting settings doesn’t solve the problem, simply wipe clean the glass on the bottom of the mouse that houses the laser. Heck, when my mouse seems “tired,” I simply pick it and blow any dust off the glass. That almost always does the trick. If that doesn’t do the trick, here are some other suggestions.

Reset the connection and re-pair the device

To reset your Magic Mouse’s connection with your Mac, go to System Preferences > Bluetooth. Hover your cursor over the Magic Mouse icon. When a Close button (a circle with an “x”) appears, click it to remove the mouse from your system. 

Click ‘x’ to remove mouse
Remove your Magic Mouse from your system.

Turn the mouse off and back on so it goes into discovery mode, and pair it back up with your Mac. You can reverse the previous steps by going to System Preferences > Bluetooth. 

Or you can go to System Preferences > Mouse and choose the “Set Up Bluetooth Mouse” option.

Set Up Bluetooth Mouse
Bluetooth mouse

Reset your Mac’s PRAM or NVRAM

PRAM (Intel Macs) and NRAM (Apple Silicon Macs) basically store settings related to your startup disk preference, display, audio, and various other settings controlled within System Preferences. These too can help revive your mouse under certain circumstances.

Before resetting your PRAM or NVRAM, disconnect all of your external devices. Next, shut down your Mac, then restart. Hold down the Options-Command-P-R keys at bootup. Let the system reset a couple of times with these keys held before releasing them and allowing the system to boot normally.

This approach should clear up any mouse problems not resolved by other approaches. Also note that you may have to re-enter some system settings after resetting the PRAM or NVRAM.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis has over 40 years of journalism experience and has written hundreds of articles. For the past 20-plus years, he's been an online journalist, covering mainly Apple Inc. He's written for MacCentral, MacWorld, MacMinute, Macsimum News, Apple Daily Report, and is now contributing editor at Apple World Today.
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