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Customize iPhone Bluetooth Mouse

iOS 14 makes controlling your iPhone in new ways even easier, especially the iPhone 12. You can use accessibility settings to connect a Bluetooth mouse to your iPhone and show finger taps on screen.

Once you’ve connected a Bluetooth mouse to your iPhone, you can customize how the mouse pointer looks, moves and interacts with your iPhone. This guide shows you how to take a bland mouse pointer and make it your own.

Pro Tip: If you’re using a mouse to show on-screen taps and clicks, there’s a really easy way to mirror and record your iPhone screen for tutorial videos, demos and other how-to content. Here’s how to screen mirror an iPhone in iOS 14.

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Before you begin:

Each section below shows you different customization options for your Bluetooth mouse. Before you begin, you must toggle AssistiveTouch on and make sure you’ve set up a Bluetooth mouse and connected it to your iPhone.

Bluetooth mouse connected to iPhone

How to customize mouse buttons on your iPhone

You can customize what actions the buttons on your mouse perform. Follow these steps to set specific buttons to open Control Center, go to the home screen, open Siri and more.

Step 1

Open Settings on your iPhone, then tap “Accessibility.”

Step 2

Under Physical and Motor, tap “Touch.” Then tap “AssistiveTouch.” Ensure AssistiveTouch is toggled on.

Step 3

Under the Pointer Devices section, tap "Devices." 

Step 4

Tap “Bluetooth Devices…” and then tap the “i” symbol next to the name of your connected Bluetooth mouse.

Step 5

Tap “Customize Mouse Buttons.” If you haven't set up any customizations before, tap "Customize Additional Buttons..."

Step 6

Select the button on your mouse you’d like to customize.

Step 7

Choose from the list which action you’d like the button to perform. These can be actions such as opening Control Center, navigating to the home screen, clicking and dragging and more.

How to find iPhone Pointer Control settings

Important: Each section below requires you to navigate to the Pointer Control settings on your iPhone. Here’s how to get there:

Step 1

Open Settings on your iPhone, then tap “Accessibility.”

Step 2

Scroll down to the Physical and Motor section, then tap “Pointer Control.”

iPhone opening Pointer Control settings

How to change the color of your iPhone mouse pointer

Adjusting the pointer's cursor color will only change the border of the ring, but it can be useful from an accessibility and aesthetic perspective.

Step 1

Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control.

Step 2

Under Appearance, tap "Color." Then choose which color you prefer for the pointer.

iPhone changing mouse pointer color

How to change the border width of your iPhone mouse pointer

This will change the width of the outer ring of the cursor. This option is in the same location as color settings.

Step 1

Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control.

Step 2

Under Appearance, tap "Color." Find the Border Width section and move the slider to adjust the pointer's border width.

iPhone changing Bluetooth mouse pointer border width

How to change the size of your iPhone mouse pointer

Step 1

Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control.

Step 2

Under Pointer Size, you can drag the slider from small to large to adjust the size of your mouse cursor.

iPhone changing mouse pointer size

How to change the scrolling speed of your iPhone mouse pointer

Step 1

Navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Pointer Control.

Step 2

Under Scrolling Speed, adjust the slider from slow to fast. Move your mouse around to determine what scrolling speed is best for you.

iPhone changing pointer scrolling tracking speed

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