How To Change Gesture Controls On Magic Trackpad

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Do you know how to change the gesture controls on the Magic Trackpad?

The Magic Trackpad has been dominating the market, thanks to its convenience and functionality. Magic Trackpad 2 has also been redesigned, so it is now rechargeable with its built-in battery. 

At the same time, it can now detect subtle differences in the amount of pressure that you apply to it. These include the swipes, taps, and other physical movements that your fingers make on the trackpad to trigger specific actions on Mac or iPad.

Though mastering the different gesture controls on your Magic Trackpad can be overwhelming at first, with some practice, you can memorize it in no time! There are default gestures that are set in place, but you can easily change them depending on your preference.

In this guide, we get into the detailed steps on how to change the gesture controls on your Magic Trackpad for Mac and iPad. We will also provide the steps on how to pair your Magic Trackpad, in case you haven’t done it yet.

Now, let’s get started!

1. How To Pair Magic Trackpad: Step-By-Step.

Before you start using your Magic Trackpad, you need to ensure that it is already paired with your device. So both devices should be switched to pairing mode in order to be visible with each other. Moreover, you need to make sure that your Magic Trackpad is no longer connected to a different device before connecting it to another one.

Here’s how you can pair your Magic Trackpad on Mac:

  1. Go ahead and click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Now, select Bluetooth and enable Show Bluetooth in menu bar.
  1. After that, click the ‘Bluetooth icon at the menu bar.
  2. Next, select ‘Turn Bluetooth On’.
  3. Finally, select your Magic Trackpad to pair it.

Here’s how you can pair your Magic Trackpad on iPad:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
  2. Now, under ‘Other Devices’, select your Magic Trackpad to pair it.

With that out of the way, this should allow you to use your Magic Trackpad. Note that you should be seeing the cursor on the screen.

2. How To Unpair Magic Trackpad: Step-By-Step.

In case you are having issues with unpairing your Mac or iPad to make way for another device, we’re here to help you! Unpairing is required as you can only pair your Magic Trackpad on either your Mac or your iPad, but not at the same time.

Here’s how you can pair your Magic Trackpad on Mac:

  1. Go ahead and click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. Now, select Bluetooth and look for your Magic Trackpad.
  3. Then click the ‘X button beside it to unpair it.
  1. A window should open up on your screen. Click Remove to unpair it.

Here’s how you can unpair your Magic Trackpad on iPad:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app and select Bluetooth.
  2. Now, look for your Magic Trackpad and click the ‘i button beside it.
  3. Then select Forget This Device.
  4. A window should open up on your screen. Click Forget This Device to unpair it.

With that out of the way, this should allow you to pair your Magic Trackpad to a different Apple device. Once that is set, let’s head over to the most exciting part!

3. How To Change Gesture Controls: Step-By-Step.

After knowing how to pair and unpair your Magic Trackpad, we have come to the most-awaited part! Let’s find out how to change the gesture controls on your Magic Trackpad. But don’t forget to ensure that your Magic Trackpad is turned on and that it is connected via Bluetooth to your Mac or iPad.

To get the most out of its functionality, you should modify some of the settings to suit your liking. You don’t need to worry about changing its default settings because you can definitely have fun on this part.

Here’s how you can change the gesture controls of your Magic Trackpad on Mac:

  1. Go ahead and click the Apple menu and select System Preferences.
  2. After that, choose Trackpad.
  3. Finally, you can toggle or adjust the different Trackpad settings under ‘Point & Click’, ‘Scroll & Zoom’, and ‘More Gestures’ tabs like Tracking Speed, Secondary Click, Tap to Click, and many more.

Here’s how you can customize your Magic Trackpad on iPad:

  1. Go ahead and open the Settings app and select General.
  2. After that, choose Trackpad.
  3. Then you can adjust the Tracking Speed
  4. Finally, you can also toggle Natural Scrolling, Tap to Click, and Two Finger Secondary Click.

Now, once the Magic Trackpad’s gesture controls are set to your preference, you should be all set. I’m sure you’re excited to fully utilize your Magic Trackpad, so go ahead and try it out now!

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5. FAQ: Help! My Gestures Are Not Working On The Magic Trackpad.

If your gestures do not seem to work on your Magic Trackpad, even though your Magic Trackpad itself still works, go back to the System Preferences on your Mac, or your Settings app on your iPad. This is to see if you have disabled a setting or just forgot what change you have previously made.

However, if that is not the case, you may want to make sure that you are not using an extra finger on your Magic Trackpad when making a gesture. You may also want to check if there is any metal or jewelry (such as a bracelet or ring) in your hand that may be interfering with it.

In some cases, multiple Bluetooth-connected devices can also cause this, so you may want to disconnect other unused devices to make way for your Magic Trackpad. Plus, check if your Magic Trackpad still has enough battery level. You can check this under System Preferences on your Mac, or your Settings app on your iPad.

If all else fails, you can contact Apple Support so they can help you troubleshoot the issue further.


This wraps up our guide, but fortunately, you have learned how to change the gesture controls on your Magic Trackpad. Moreover, please don’t hesitate to let us know if you have any feedback or comments.


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