Fix: Right Mouse Button Not Working on Magic Mouse

Some iFolks are experiencing a problem when trying to use a right click on their Magic Mouses. The right click function just doesn’t work even if it is enabled in System Preferences (Mouse > Preferences > Secondary Click enabled to “Right”). When users change the secondary click to “Left,” the “right click” function works perfectly fine (using the left click as an activation button). However, when they change it back to “Right,” the “right click” function stops working again (using the right click as an activation button).

Here you can find how to fix this problem.

Note: Before jumping on any of the solutions below, make sure you check your mouse batteries status. If they are low with power, they may need to be replaced.

Method #1: Delete Bluetooth.plist

In most cases, the cause of the right mouse not working are invalid Bluetooth.plist files. Here is how to fix that.

  1. Select Go to Folder from the Go menu of Mac’s Finder.
  2. Type “/Library/Preferences” (without the quotes) and click Go.
  3. Locate the apple.Bluetooth.plist file.
  4. Select that file and move it to Desktop (CMD + C – to copy the file and CMD + OPT + V to paste into the new location and cut it from the old one). Alternatively, you can also delete that file (CMD + Click and choose Move to Trash). However, it is safer if you keep a backup copy of it.
  5. Now, restart your Mac.

Booting up the OS will recreate the file you’ve just deleted (or moved), and your Magic Mouse secondary click should work properly.

Method #2: Update OS X or macOS

Updating your Mac OS to the most recent version, available for your device may also fix right button not working.

  1. Go to App Store on your Mac.
  2. Click the Updates Icon at the top bar.
  3. Install any software update that is available for your Mac.

Method #3: Restart Your Mac and Magic Mouse

  1. Firstly, go to System Preferences, click on Mouse and select Preferences (if available).
  2. Now disableSecondary click” and restart your Mac.
  3. Once it boots up, go into System Preferences > Mouse > Preferences and reenableSecondary Click.”

Additionally, if this doesn’t help, try restarting your Magic Mouse (remove the batteries and put them back in), and toggling your Mac’s Bluetooth off and on again. Another thing that you can try is unpairing the mouse and then pairing it again. It helped for some users.

Now, let us know which method worked for you in the comment section below.


Kevin Arrows

Kevin is a dynamic and self-motivated information technology professional, with a Thorough knowledge of all facets pertaining to network infrastructure design, implementation and administration. Superior record of delivering simultaneous large-scale mission critical projects on time and under budget.
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