Connecting an USB mouse to the iPad on iPadOS 13.2?


One of the things I was excited the most about the new “iPadOS” update was its added mouse support. Although, I was skeptical because every promo and user showed that function working in the 3rd Gen iPad Pro despite me owning a 6th Gen iPad. I never really knew if that was going to work, but I went for it anyways.
I got a third-party Lightning to USB adapter and when I plugged the mouse nothing happened. In fact, flash drives, External Hard Drives, Keyboards and other USB-A devices did not work at all except for a desktop light that I own, which made me think that the adapter itself worked, but only in some cases.
Not wanting to give up on the idea I contacted Apple for more information and they said those devices might not have worked because they’re not MFi. I believed them and stopped trying. That is until recently when I tried plugging another USB Keyboard I had lying around and, all of a sudden everything works normally. I hooked up the same mouse I’ve been trying to connect and, voila, works like a charm.
I was so happy for the moment, until I decided to unplug everything after using them. They never came back to working condition. I tried the same steps that made them work, which involved plugging first the adapter, then the mouse, then rebooting the iPad. No response.
I need some help. Support wasn’t able to help me, although I might try contacting them after everything worked. I could really use the mouse since the iPad is the only device I have for work.

Thanks for everybody that read and also for everybody that tried to help.
I would also like to apologize for any grammar mistakes. English is not my main language and I’m in the process of learning it properly.


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New features tend to be iffy.

But do try Apple's own MFI gear.

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Your best bet is to try to work further with Apple support. They make the device and provide troubleshooting for their products. I think you best bet is to purchase Apple (OEM) devices/accessories which are certified by Apple instead of a 3rd party product. Sometimes, cheaper is not better.

I can't tell you how many times I hear users mention that cables are not working as expected with their devices, only to determine that they are 3rd party cables and not certified by the manufacturer.

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Thanks for this.

It's a perfect example where new features meets hardware certification meets Apple (pick support, versions, etc.)

I would not count on this to work until Apple shows it to you and then if my mouse or/and cable doesn't work I'd try theirs.

I'd try Bluetooth next.

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