I booted into recovery mode / macOS Utilities and erased my hard drive anticipating to reinstall the OS. Unfortunately my computer is paired to an Apple Wireless Trackpad that I can't find. I believe this trackpad's button is permanently pressed, preventing me from left-clicking, so I can't get all the way through the installer. This trackpad is listed as paired and connected when I go into Terminal and run system_profiler. However recovery mode has no System Preferences so I don't know how to disable this trackpad. Is there any way I can disable the trackpad from recovery mode, such as from Terminal?

  • If the trackpad is definitely the culprit, move out of possible Bluetooth range for the device, which is 10 metres (or 32 feet.)
    – IconDaemon
    May 17, 2017 at 16:13
  • @IconDaemon Thanks, that's probably the most practical solution. Maybe post that as an answer. May 17, 2017 at 16:20
  • OK. I made it an answer, but don't accept it unless it proves to be correct!
    – IconDaemon
    May 17, 2017 at 16:23

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Try moving the computer to another location a good distance away from where the trackpad may be located. The theoretical maximum distance for Bluetooth is actually far larger than what I thought. See this page, and this one for more info about Bluetooth ranges.


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