Showing a Screen Pointer Indicator On an iPhone Or iPad

I'm often asked how I manage to show a red circle in my iPhone and iPad tutorials. This is just the pointer you get when you connect a mouse to your device. I'll show you what I use and how to modify it.

Comments: 14 Responses to “Showing a Screen Pointer Indicator On an iPhone Or iPad”

    Clay Sisk
    11 months ago

    I just tried this with an older Apple Magic Mouse with batteries and it works with my iPhone 13 Pro,
    Thanks,
    Clay

    Al Katz
    11 months ago

    Gary,
    Can you provide the brand or name of the mouse you use on your iPhone as a pointer? Thanks.
    Al

    11 months ago

    Al: I don't think it has one. It is just a generic one from Amazon. Search for Bluetooth mouse and you'll see a whole bunch at about $10 each.

    Gene Hamelman
    11 months ago

    Can you use a older track that has replace batteries?

    11 months ago

    Gene: A trackpad? You can try it. I didn't have any luck with any Apple trackpads.

    David A. Dammer
    11 months ago

    Gary, I really think you should change your video about using mouse pointer is on iPads and iPhones. I have two of the most recent Apple rechargeable Waze, two of the first generation rechargeable Apple mice and two of the old battery powered Apple mice, and all three different types work on my iPad 10.28 generation with iOS 15 and my iPhone XR with iOS 15 as well as my new iPhone 13 Pro with iOS 15. All of this one is also work on my 2019 13“ MB Pro. And, they show up as a regular mouse pointe

    Jim Flannery
    10 months ago

    Oh THANK YOU! You helped me GET RID of that @#$% circle that has been floating around my iPhone screen for months, getting in my way! It was driving me crazy!!!

    Gene Hamelman
    10 months ago

    Gary, The track pad worked just fine. Thanks

    Gene Hamelman
    10 months ago

    Gary, The track pad worked just fine. Thanks

    Al Katz
    10 months ago

    Gary, I obtained an inexpensive Bluetooth mouse on Amazon and it works fine. When using the pointer via Accessibility settings, how do I remove or hide the touch circle from appearing on my iPhone screen when mirroring with the pointer?

    10 months ago

    Al: If you are using the mouse, then the circle has to be there. You can't hide it completely. Otherwise, you'd have no idea what you are tapping/clicking.

    Neil McDonald
    2 months ago

    Pointer shows on iPad except it doesn’t seem to extend through to Airplay device. Using Photos on iPad Wi-Fi thru Airport to Apple TV to display pictures to several people. Pictures show fine, pointer missing on TV. I suppose I could use a laser pointer but seems silly if a long press on the iPad would highlight a spot on the displayed picture.

    2 months ago

    Neil: It sounds like you are using AirPlay to display the photo in Photos, which is a special mode for that app. The pointer won't display. You can instead mirror your display to the external screen and then you'd see exactly the same thing on both displays, including the pointer.

    Neil McDonald
    2 months ago

    I am using the overlapping screen-like rectangle in the Control Center to connect over Wi-Fi to my 4K AppleTV. The pop-up says Screen Mirroring. I probably confused that with Airplay.

    The TV mirrors everything displayed on the iPad screen except two things One I like as it displays the image info panel on the iPad but not the TV. Goodness otherwise it spoils the show. It displays the red circle accessibility cursor on iPad but not TV so it can’t be used as an on TV screen pointer. Not good.

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