If you’re someone who prefers to use a physical keyboard and mouse on your computer, but find the screen of your Android tablet too small or hard to use with a finger, connecting a Bluetooth or USB mouse is an easy solution. It also means that you’ll be able to control your Android tablet more precisely than with a touchpad, which is perfect for anyone who wants to do things like draw and edit pictures or videos.
You can pair a Bluetooth mouse to an Android tablet by following these simple steps:
1. Turn on the device and start a search within the Bluetooth settings of the tablet. 2. When a new device is found, tap Pair new device and follow the instructions to pair it with your tablet.
3. Once the device is paired, your tablet will recognize it and you’ll be able to use it as usual.
4. You can also add a pointer to the screen by using an app called Always Visible Mouse. This app overlays a pointer on the screen of your Android tablet so you can see it even when you’re not holding the device.
5. You can then control your tablet with your mouse by tapping on the screen or by pressing your finger down on the screen while your mouse is connected.
6. You can then move the pointer on your tablet to select items, arrow keys, and shortcuts by clicking them.
7. You can even move the mouse around your screen by rotating it with your finger or a remote app that allows you to rotate your tablet from one side to another.
8. You can even control your tablet using a gamepad or a joystick that is attached to the USB port of the tablet by connecting it through a cable like this (Amazon link). This works well for those who want to use a mouse and keyboard together, but don’t have enough space to place a docking station in front of the tablet’s display.
9. You can use a Bluetooth mouse or a USB mouse with an Android tablet, and both work equally well.
Regardless of which type you choose, you’ll need to connect it to your tablet with a USB on-the-go cable or OTG adapter. These cables are inexpensive and available at most electronics stores and online.
You’ll also need to check that the device you’re connecting to your tablet supports OTG, and that your tablet’s USB ports support it as well. If you’re not sure, check with the manufacturer of your tablet to verify that it does.
Then, you can simply plug the mouse into the OTG adapter, and your device will show up as a device to be accessed by your tablet’s USB port.
10. Conclusion: Finally, you can also connect a USB mouse to an Android tablet via the USB on-the-go cable that comes with many tablets. It’s not as convenient as pairing a Bluetooth mouse, but it’s cheaper and easier to manage.