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Just started this morning. When I plug up the mouse to the Mac Mini (via a lightening to USB cable) I can see the mouse and macOS says "Your mouse is wirelessly connected to this Mac." But apparently it's lying to me...

When I unplug it I cannot use the mouse (wireless connection over bluetooth does not work).

I have tried:

  • Turning bluetooth off and on
  • Turning the mouse off and on
  • Unpairing and re-pairing the mouse
  • Rebooting the Mac
  • Updating macOS Ventura to latest / installing all updates

Nothing is working. Please help, this is main machine and I really need it.

Bluetooth settings show mouse when connected via USB

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    The battery is probably no longer a holding a charge. When you have it plugged in, it's being charged and powered. After you plug it in and macOS says it's connected, disconnect the mouse and see how fast you lose the connection.
    – Allan
    Apr 8, 2023 at 16:18
  • Thanks, Allan. Yes, I think you're right. I called Apple support and they also said it sounds like the mouse is just dead. :( Apr 8, 2023 at 16:24
  • I just tried it on my MBP and the behavior is exactly the same Apr 8, 2023 at 16:24
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    The battery is something you could reasonably change if so inclined. It's definitely easier to get a new mouse, but I'm all for keeping eWaste to a minimum as much as possible.
    – Allan
    Apr 8, 2023 at 16:50
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    If you write up your answer, ping me here and I'll send an upvote your way.
    – Allan
    Apr 8, 2023 at 16:51

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The internal battery in the Magic Mouse 2 has permanently died. I am a big proponent of DIY and reducing e-waste (used to replace the battery in my old iPods years ago) so am going to try and replace the battery via:

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