How to fix laggy or slow mouse on Mac

Nothing is more annoying than a sluggish and slow mouse, especially when you’re in the mood for some serious work. Below are the steps to troubleshoot and fix unresponsive, slow or lagging mouse on Mac.

Fix Lagging or Slow Mouse on Mac

The lagging or slow mouse issue on Mac can be due to various reasons ranging from low batteries, defective mouse and incorrect settings to software-related issues.

Therefore, below we list a number of ways to fix laggy or slow mouse on Mac, starting with the simplest methods before moving on to more complex solutions.

1. Examine the mouse and mouse pad

Look closely at the back of your mouse and make sure the laser aperture is not blocked by dirt/debris.

Also clean the mouse pad and check if it needs to be replaced (worn out, dirty).

2. Replace batteries

A common reason for lagging or slow mouse on Mac is that the batteries are losing their power and getting weak.

To confirm, replace your mouse battery with a new battery and see if that helps resolve the issue.

3. Reboot Mac

Sometimes the problem is due to stuck programs or processes that are interfering with the working of the mouse on your Mac.

Click on that Apple logo in the top menu bar and select Start anew option in the drop down menu.

Reboot Mac

Wait for your Mac to completely shut down > Wait another 30 seconds and Start anew your Mac.

4. Disconnect USB connected devices

Sometimes interference from USB 3.0 devices can cause the mouse and keyboard to not work properly.

Remove all USB connected devices from your Mac (except mouse & keyboard), start anew your Mac and see if this improves the performance of your mouse.

5. Change the USB port

Another common reason is that the USB port on your Mac is not working well with the mouse due to a technical error.

To rule out this possibility, plug the Mouse into another USB port and see if it starts working better.

If you are using a USB hub, remove the mouse from it USB hub and plug it directly into the Mac’s USB port.

6. Disable the handoff function

Some users have reported that they fixed the issue by disabling the Handoff feature on Mac.

Click on apple icon in the top menu bar and select System Settings… in the drop down menu.

Open System Preferences on Mac

On the System Settings screen, click General and disable Allow handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices Possibility.

Allow handoff on Mac

7. Disable Bluetooth

Sometimes the problem of a sluggish or slow mouse is due to interference from other Bluetooth devices that are close to your Mac.

Click on Bluetooth Icon is located in the upper right corner and Turn off Bluetooth.

After you disable Bluetooth, separate the mouse from your Mac > Wait 30 seconds and associate the mouse back to your Mac.

If it’s a plug and play mouse, it should work without Bluetooth. You can enable Bluetooth Back on your Mac after the mouse works properly.

8. Adjust tracking and scrolling speed

If you notice the cursor dragging or moving slowly, the mouse tracking speed is probably set to a low value.

Click on apple icon in the top menu bar and select System Settings… in the drop down menu.

Open System Preferences on Mac

On the System Settings screen, click Mouse Customize icon > on the next screen persecution and scroll speed by moving the slider to the right.

Adjust tracking and scrolling speed on Mac

The change will take effect immediately, start using your mouse and see if it feels faster than before.

9. Is your mouse broken?

Connect another wireless/Bluetooth mouse to your Mac and see if the new mouse works properly on your Mac.

Now connect the slow mouse to another computer (Windows PC) and see if it works. If the mouse does not work on another computer, it will confirm that the mouse is defective.

If you recently bought the mouse, return it or exchange it as soon as possible.

10. Reset NVRAM

NVRAM, which stands for Non-Volatile Random-Access Memory, stores the settings of external devices connected to the Mac.

It’s quite possible that the reason for laggy or slow mouse on your Mac lies in its corrupted NVRAM.

You can reset NVRAM on your Mac by following the steps outlined in this guide: How to reset NVRAM or PRAM on Mac

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