Mac Mouse Not Working after Sonoma Update: 11 Easy Fixes

Clare Phang
Last updated: Jun 11, 2024
Summary: Is your mouse not working properly after the macOS Sonoma update? You've come to the right place. Here, you will find the potential reasons behind it and solutions for the issue.

The mouse is super important while you working with your Mac/MacBook/iMac. Although you may have a trackpad, it's more convenient if there's a mouse.

Many users have encountered the "mouse not working on Mac" issue, especially after a macOS Sonoma update. It's essential to acquire some basic knowledge and skills to resolve this common problem. Keep reading!

Mac Mouse Not Working after Sonoma Update: 11 Easy Fixes

Why Is My Mac Mouse Not Working After Sonoma Update?

The reasons why your Mac mouse not working are various and hard to figure out the exact ones. But here is a collection of the most common ones that users encounter in their daily lives:

  • Matching issues
  • Low battery
  • Interference
  • Long-time usage
  • Connectivity problems
  • Tracking or scrolling issues
  • Software conflicts

How to Fix Mouse Not Working on Mac (Sonoma)

Now that you already figured out the possible causes of the Mac mouse not working, let's move to the proving solutions to fix these issues.

1. Disconnect and Reconnect Your Mouse

Connection issues are often responsible for the mouse not working on your Mac. The easiest troubleshooting step is to disconnect and reconnect your mouse.

  • For a wired mouse, disconnect it and then reconnect it to your Mac.
  • For a wireless mouse, turn off Bluetooth and then turn it on again.

If the problem persists, proceed to the next step.

If you use a USB hub to connect your mouse to your Mac, it is also recommended that you disconnect and reconnect the USB hub, especially if the Mac mouse not working issue occurs after a restart.

2. Turn Your Mouse Off and On

In general, most mouses have Power Off and On buttons.

One easy and quick attempt to fix the mouse not working on Mac is to turn your mouse off and on.

Some occasional errors can be fixed by performing this action. If this attempt fails to make your mouse work normally again, then skip to other solutions.

3. Take Out the Mouse Battery and Reput It Again

The mouse battery may not always work properly with time. While you cannot control your mouse to move the cursor, have a try at taking out and re-putting the mouse battery. This proves to be effective in most cases.

4. Charge or Replace Mouse Battery

Besides occasional failure and problematic battery, another common cause for Mac/MacBook/iMac mouse not working is low battery. With time, the battery life may greatly reduce.

In this case, you may need to charge your mouse (USB mouse not working on Mac) or replace the mouse battery (Wireless/Bluetooth mouse not working on Mac).

If you are using an Apple Magic mouse, connect the Lighting cable, which will pair the accessory with your Mac and charge the built-in battery.

5. Pair the Bluetooth Mouse with Your Mac Again

Sometimes, if you pair your mouse with multiple devices before, your Bluetooth mouse may automatically connect to other devices.

So check and unpair your Bluetooth mouse with other devices first, and then pair the Bluetooth mouse with your Mac again.

6. Turn Bluetooth Off and On

Connecting multiple Bluetooth devices may cause some occasional errors, which may give rise to the Mac mouse not working issue.

In this case, just turn Mac Bluetooth off and on to see whether it works.

7. Enable Mouse Keys

As your Mac mouse click is not working, you cannot use it to perform any actions. If you are using a MacBook, you can temporarily use your trackpad to follow some fixes. However, what if there is no trackpad?

Mouse keys help a lot at this time. Here is how to enable mouse keys:

  1. Press Command+Option+F5.
  2. Press the Tab key to move to the Mouse Keys option.
    Enable Mouse Keys
  3. Press Space to select it.
  4. Press Esc to save your changes and quit.
For a MacBook, Press and hold Fn until you see F5, then press Fn+Command+Option+F5 at the same time.
Mouse Key

8. Check for Wireless Interference

When multiple peripherals are connected closely, wireless interference can occur.

Users often face the issue of the mouse not working on Mac when using several peripherals simultaneously, such as external hard drive cables, display cables, mouse cables, etc.

Try disconnecting other peripherals or moving them away from the mouse cable to resolve the issue and restore the mouse to normal functioning.

Additionally, it's worth trying to disconnect and reconnect the USB receiver.

9. Restart Your Mac

A quick restart can often resolve various Mac issues. Simply click the Apple menu and select Restart.

After your Mac reboots, check if your mouse is functioning properly.

10. Reset SMC

Resetting the SMC might indirectly resolve certain Bluetooth issues, particularly those associated with power or hardware management.

Follow this guide to learn how to reset the SMC on your Mac.

11. Update Your Mac

macOS bugs can also be to blame for a Mac mouse not working. Some users complained that, after updating to macOS Sonoma 14.2, their mouse became unresponsive, even after a restart and reconnection. In such cases, the best solution is to update your Mac when an update is available.

Follow these steps to check for new software updates:

Click Apple MenuSystem SettingsGeneralSoftware Update.

Want to reset mouse preferences on your Mac? Follow the actions: System SettingsMouse.

In addition to the methods mentioned above, there are other potential solutions you can try. For instance, you can delete the mouse property list files, uninstall incompatible apps, debug the Bluetooth module on your Mac, and more.

Final Words

In this article, we provide you with universal solutions for the Mac mouse not working issue. These methods are effective whether you are using a third-party mouse or an Apple Magic mouse.

Now, go ahead and try out these helpful methods!

Clare Phang has been captivated by the world of Apple products since the launch of the iconic iPhone in 2007. With a wealth of experience, Clare is your go-to source for iPhone, iPad, Mac, and all things Apple.