If you’re using a Chromebook as your main computer, you probably do not have access to an external mouse. Instead, you must use the built-in touchpad on the Chromebook or an on-screen virtual mouse for navigation. However, there may be times when you need to use a physical mouse with your Chromebook. Maybe you’re playing a game, working with graphics software, or browsing the web in Chrome OS’s desktop mode. You can connect a mouse to your Chromebook by using one of several different connection options. Read on for details about how to connect a mouse to a Chromebook.
How To Connect A Mouse To A Chromebook?
- Connect a Bluetooth mouse to your Chromebook.
- Open the Chrome Web Store and search for the “Bluetooth Mouse” app.
- Install the app, or open it in your browser and follow the instructions to pair your mouse with your Chromebook.
- Click on the Bluetooth icon in the top right corner of your screen, then click on “Pair a device” to pair both devices.
- Once you’ve paired, a new icon will appear in the bottom left of your screen next to Chrome’s search bar and will have an arrow pointing down. Click on it, and click “Make this my default” next to any other Bluetooth devices you want to make use of with Chrome OS (e.g., phone).
- You can now use the mouse as you normally would, just like any other computer-based mouse or trackpad device. You’ll want to double-click or tap once for each click on a Chromebook that doesn’t have multitouch functionality; otherwise, you’ll need to scroll vertically or horizontally by tapping once for each tap you wish to perform (iPad users may need this functionality already).
- There is no software keyboard included with Chromebooks, so if you’re using one that has one built in (like Acer’s C720P), make sure you don’t disable it when trying out a Bluetooth mouse—you’ll need both inputs available if using multiple apps at once!
- You can also use a USB wireless keyboard, but you’ll need to make sure that your Chromebook supports the USB wireless protocol and that you have a USB-A to micro-USB cable (or similar) if you’re going to use one of the newer Acer C720P models.
- If you are using a Chromebook with the touchscreen, it’s possible to connect an iPad or other tablet device as well—just make sure that it has a Bluetooth 4.0 or higher receiver and supports the HID (Human Interface Device) protocol, which is what allows for mouse input with most tablets.
- If you have a Chromebook with a touchscreen, you can use a Bluetooth gamepad as well. The only issue is that if your gamepad has analog sticks or d-pads, they will not work with the touchscreen—you’ll need to connect a standard mouse instead.
- Connect a USB mouse to the Chromebook.
- Press the “Wake” button on the mouse.
- Your Chromebook will automatically recognize and install the driver for the mouse if it is not already installed.
- The mouse can be used as normal as long as a USB port is available on your Chromebook, or for connections that use a USB hub (e.g., wireless keyboard and/or mouse).
- Be sure to disconnect the mouse before putting your Chromebook to sleep or shutting down.
- You can also use a USB hub if you have one that is compatible with your Chromebook.
- Insert a USB Mouse into the USB port of your Chromebook.
- Press and hold the button of your mouse for about 5 seconds, then release it. A prompt will pop up on the screen asking you to pair it with your Chromebook.
- Click “Allow” to connect your mouse to your Chromebook.
- After pairing your mouse, you can use it to move the cursor on your Chromebook.
Chromebook Keyboard With USB OTG Cable
- Unplug the Chromebook from the power source.
- Plug in the USB OTG cable.
- Plug the mouse into one of the mouse ports on your Chromebook.
- Connect your Chromebook to a power source, and wait for it to boot up.
- Once you see the login screen, log in with your Google account (or create one if you do not have an account).
- If you are using a mouse that has a touchpad, click and hold down on the touchpad to start using it as a pointer (the pointer will look like a hand). If you are using a wired keyboard, press Shift+F10 to enable touchpad mode when you are logged in to Chrome OS with your Google account (or create one if you do not have an account). You can also use this shortcut if you are using any other type of keyboard with a touchpad: Shift+F10 or F10 key combination on some keyboards or devices).
- You can check out all available shortcuts by pressing Alt+Spacebar or typing “chrome://help” in the address bar of the Chrome browser window while logged in to Chrome OS (or create one if you do not have an account).
- If there is no Bluetooth device connected to your Chromebook, click Settings > Update & Security > About Chrome and Check for Updates button and select the “Check for updates automatically” option from Disconnect, and reconnect the mouse to the Chromebook.
There are lots of ways to connect a mouse to a Chromebook. You can use just about any standard USB or Bluetooth mouse with your Chromebook. Alternatively, you can use a wired keyboard with an attached USB-A adapter to plug in a regular mouse. No matter what type of mouse you prefer to use, you can connect it to a Chromebook by using one of the methods outlined above.