Do Magic Trackpads use Bluetooth?

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silvermoon

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For some crazy reason, my Trackpad stopped working in Safari. It would not go back pages when doing the three finger swipe. So what I wanted to find out is if the Magic Trackpad runs off Bluetooth. I remember when I first got the MBP, that my Bluetooth was turned off. After having the issue I described with the trackpad, that is when I turned it back on and everything was working properly. I'm cautious to keep it running all the time because like on the iPhone, it drains the battery.
 

Europa

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Thread title clarified. Magic Trackpads use Bluetooth. They detect periods of inactivity and use very little power while in standby, but they do have an on/off switch if you prefer to power it off when not in use. I use Apple rechargeable batteries for my mouse and trackpad.
 

silvermoon

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I should have put a better thread title. Thanks. Where is the on/off switch? I use the batteries that came with my trackpad. It's taken me a week or so to get accustomed to using a trackpad being primarily a mouse user.
 

Docd

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That isn't the same trackpad I have. Mine is built into the MBP and not standalone. There is no on/off switch. So maybe not a magic trackpad.
If it's built in trackpad will be hard wired not Bluetooth. You can turn Bluetooth off unless you need it for something else.


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That isn't the same trackpad I have. Mine is built into the MBP and not standalone. There is no on/off switch. So maybe not a magic trackpad.
That is not a MAGIC Trackpad. That's a MacBook trackpad. It doesn't use Bluetooth.