Using iPad

How do I connect a mouse to an iPad?

Hello,

I think it is pretty safe to say that a whole lot of people were waiting for iPadOS. That being, I can safely confirm that I was in that list. Finally my iPad would become even better, I was hyped for pretty much everything announced. But the one thing I was really looking forward to was mouse support. Despite every change seemingly for the better, that one was probably the one doubt I had for the upcoming update.

I’m currently using a 6th Generation iPad… iPad… (The normal iPad) and every campaign has shown only an iPad Pro (3rd Generation) being the one able to make that happen.

Knowing that, I started to have my doubts. I’m not a specialist in any sort, but I know for sure that Lightning is an inferior connector if compared to USB-C. Yet I do not know its limits. I also read numerous articles of people saying it was rather easy to connect a USB-A mouse to the iPad Pro using a simple Type C to Type A adapter.

So (after lots of rambling) here is my situation:

I have a 2018 iPad 6 with iPadOS 13.1.3 installed;

I could really use a mouse since I use it as my main device for productivity;

I know that Bluetooth mice such as Apple’s own Magic Mouse will work, but I do not own one (although, I’m looking forward to change that in the near future);

And I really want to know if there is any way to use a USB-A wired mouse with that iPad model.

That being said, I need to add that the reason I’m writing this is because I bought a third-party Lightning to USB-A adapters with hopes of solving that issue and, not only did it not recognize the mouse, it actually didn’t recognize any USB device I tried to plug it into. The Sandisk drive I tried brought up a message saying that “Cannot Use Accessory: This accessory requires too much power”, something I did not get when trying the mouse itself.

I recognize that this might be an issue with the adapter (if so, I’d be nice to know how to fix it) but I really need to know if I’m missing out on some details to make that work.

I would also like to apologize for any mistakes made in relation to my writing. English is not my main language and I’m on the process of learning it in full.

Nevertheless, I would like to thank everybody that took their time to read this, specially the ones that answered in any way, shape or form.

Sincerely,

Gabriel

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