How to use an iPhone cursor on its screen

March 7, 2020

Apple surprisingly includes mouse support for its devices like iPad and iPhone. The feature, however, is not enabled by default. You must first access it under Accessibility options and then, change its default settings. Here’s a tutorial explaining to you how to use the iPhone cursor.

Cursor on iPhone 11

How to move cursor on iPhone?

To use an iPhone cursor, you must first connect or link your smartphone to a Bluetooth-enabled wireless mouse. This can be done through the phone's Settings. Here's how!

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Scroll down to Accessibility.
  3. Navigate to the Physical and Motor section.
  4. Select Touch option
  5. Check if AssistiveTouch is set to On.
  6. Go to Pointer Devices section
  7. Access Bluetooth devices option
  8. Pair your Bluetooth Mouse.

How to get a cursor on iPhone?

Apple hides iPhone cursor control options deep within the device's Accessibility settings. As such, it is not readily visible.

Go to your Smartphone's Settings.

Touch Accessibility iPhone
Touch Accessibility iPhone

Choose Accessibility and then select Touch under the Physical and Motor section.

Assistive Touch On
Assistive Touch On

Here, check if ‘AssistiveTouch’ is set to ‘On’.

Next, go to the ‘Pointer Devices’ section, press the side-arrow key adjacent to the Devices entry to make ‘Bluetooth devices’ available (You can connect Bluetooth and USB assistive pointer devices, such as joysticks and mice).

Pair your Bluetooth mouse when prompted.

iPhone Cursor
iPhone Cursor

An iPhone pointer icon should become visible on your phone's screen. You are now all set to control your phone's screen and its options via your Bluetooth mouse.

What is pointer style on iPhone?

It refers to making changes in the appearance of the mouse pointer you would like to use to click icons on your screen that you might otherwise tap. For instance, you can adjust or change the pointer's color, shape, size, scrolling speed, and more.

Please note that the experience of using a mouse with your Apple device takes some time for getting used to as it isn't a typical mouse pointer. It’s just a cursor that more or less mimics your finger. Having said that, every Apple product is designed keeping accessibility options in mind.  So, even a visually impaired person can take group selfies and do things like a normal person.

Hope it helps!

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Also, check out our earlier post - view lyrics for Apple Music on your iPhone.


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