How to Tell if Magic Mouse is Charging

Nicholas Russell
By Nicholas Russell 10 Min Read
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Hi! Today, I want to chat about a little trick with your Magic Mouse 2. You’ve probably noticed that it’s tricky to tell if it’s charging, right? It doesn’t have any lights or beeps to say, “Hey, I’m charging!” That can be super frustrating, especially if you’re using a wall charger. Imagine plugging in your mouse, waiting, and then realizing it wasn’t charging at all because of a bad cord. Ugh!

You can actually use your Mac to check if your Magic Mouse 2 is getting its juice. It’s pretty easy – all you need to do is plug your Magic Mouse 2 into your Mac. Then, you just take a peek at the mouse settings or the Bluetooth settings in your Mac’s System Settings. That’s where the magic happens (pun intended)!

Knowing if your device is charging is super important. No one likes waiting around, only to find out that nothing was happening. It’s like watching a pot that never boils! Plus, it’s a huge time-saver to be sure that everything is working as it should.

Keep reading, and I’ll walk you through a couple of easy steps to make sure your Magic Mouse 2 is charging. Trust me, it’s going to make your life a whole lot easier. Let’s dive in!

How to See Magic Mouse Actively Charging

Guess what? It’s super easy to see if your Magic Mouse 2 is charging. It’s all about looking for a special icon – like the one you see when your iPhone or MacBook is getting powered up.

Imagine a battery icon with a cool lightning bolt right in the middle. That’s your golden ticket to knowing your mouse is charging.

Step 1: Plug In Your Mouse

First, grab your Magic Mouse 2 and a Lightning to USB cable (the same one you use for an iPhone). Plug one end into your Mac and the other into your mouse. Most times, the cable comes with the mouse, but any similar cable will do the trick. Once it’s plugged in, your mouse should start charging, but let’s confirm that, shall we?

Step 2: Dive into Your Mac’s System Settings

Click on that famous Apple logo at the top-left corner of your Mac’s screen. A menu will pop down, and from there, you’ll want to select “System Settings.”

Step 3: Track Down the Mouse Settings

Once you’re in System Settings, scroll around until you find “Mouse” in the menu on the left. Click it to open up the mouse settings.

Step 4: The Moment of Truth

Now, in the mouse settings, take a peek at the bottom, near the left corner. You’re looking for a battery symbol. If there’s a lightning bolt zipping through that battery, jackpot! Your Magic Mouse 2 is happily charging away.

Pretty neat, right? It’s like being a detective, but for tech stuff! Keep these steps in mind, and you’ll never have to guess if your mouse is charging ever again. 🐭

Two Ways to Monitor Charging using BlueTooth Settings

Alright, so you’ve already seen how to use the mouse settings to check if your Magic Mouse 2 is charging. But what if I told you there’s another nifty way to keep an eye on its battery life? This time, we’ll use Bluetooth settings. It’s a bit like being a tech detective!

Method 1: Using the Bluetooth Icon

This one’s super handy, especially if you’re using a wall charger, which doesn’t show a charging indicator. You can also use it when charging with your Mac – it’s quick and doesn’t require digging through settings.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Find the Bluetooth Symbol: Look at the top of your Mac’s screen, near the right side. See that Bluetooth icon? Click it.
  2. Spot Your Mouse: A list of Bluetooth devices pops up, including your Magic Mouse 2. Here, you’ll see the battery percentage.

Well, let’s say you let your mouse charge for a bit. Come back, click that Bluetooth icon again, and check the battery percentage. If it’s higher than before, your mouse is definitely charging. Easy-peasy, right?

Method 2: Dive into Bluetooth Settings

If you like more details, this method’s for you. Here’s how:

  1. Open System Settings: Click that Apple logo again (top-left corner of your screen) and select “System Settings.”
  2. Select Bluetooth: On the left side of the System Settings window, you’ll find “Bluetooth.” Click it.
  3. Check Your Mouse: In the list of Bluetooth devices, your Magic Mouse 2 will be there, showing its battery percentage.

Same as before – note the battery percentage, let your mouse charge for a while, then check again. If the number goes up, bingo! Your mouse is charging.

So there you have it – two super easy ways to keep tabs on your Magic Mouse 2’s battery life using Bluetooth. Whether you’re a fan of quick glances or detailed checks, one of these methods is sure to be your go-to! 🖱️


And there you have it! Keeping your Magic Mouse 2 charged and ready isn’t as mysterious as it might seem. Here’s the gist of what we’ve covered:

  • The Best Bet: Mouse Properties in System Settings
    • Head over to your Mac’s System Settings and check out the mouse properties. That’s where you’ll find the sure-fire sign – the battery icon with a lightning bolt. This tells you if your mouse is actively soaking up power.
  • For a Quick Glance: Bluetooth Device Properties
    • Need a fast update? Just peek at the Bluetooth settings on your Mac. If the battery percentage of your Magic Mouse 2 is climbing, you’re in good shape.

I really hope these tips help you keep your Magic Mouse 2 in tip-top charging shape. And remember, if you’ve got any questions, thoughts, or just want to share your experience, I’m all ears. Drop a comment or question – it’s always great to hear from you!

Stay charged and happy clicking! 🔋🖱️


How can I tell if my Magic Mouse 2 is charging when it’s connected to my Mac?

You can tell if your Magic Mouse 2 is charging by looking at the mouse properties in your Mac’s System Settings. There, you should see a battery icon with a lightning bolt, indicating active charging.

Is there a way to check the charging status of my Magic Mouse 2 without going into System Settings?

Yes, you can quickly check the battery percentage of your Magic Mouse 2 through the Bluetooth icon on your Mac’s desktop. This won’t show a charging icon, but you can see if the battery percentage is increasing over time.

Can I use any Lightning to USB cable to charge my Magic Mouse 2?

Yes, you can use any Lightning to USB cable to charge your Magic Mouse 2, though it typically comes with its own cable.

What should I do if there’s no change in the battery percentage of my Magic Mouse 2 in the Bluetooth settings?

If there’s no change in the battery percentage, your mouse might not be charging properly. Check the cable and the power source to ensure they are functioning correctly.

Does the Magic Mouse 2 show a charging indicator like iPhones or MacBooks?

In the mouse settings within System Settings, the Magic Mouse 2 shows a battery icon with a lightning bolt, similar to iPhones or MacBooks. However, in the Bluetooth settings, it only shows the battery percentage without a specific charging indicator.

If I’m using a wall charger, how can I confirm that my Magic Mouse 2 is charging?

When using a wall charger, since there’s no direct charging indicator, you can check the battery percentage through the Bluetooth icon on your Mac. If the percentage increases over time, it confirms that your mouse is charging.

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