Apple’s Magic Trackpad 2 is a sleek and stylish multi-touch trackpad that provides an innovative way to control your computer. It’s an ideal alternative to traditional mice and touchpads, and it offers an intuitive user experience.
In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of setting up and using the Magic Trackpad 2 on Windows 11 and Windows 10.
How to connect Apple Magic Trackpad to Windows
The Apple Magic Trackpads can be connected to your Windows PC just like any other Bluetooth device. Although the trackpads are also accessible via a wired connection (Lighting to USB-A cable) there is not much of a reason to do so.
Connecting the Trackpad using the cable is simple. Plug in the Lightning end of the cable into your Trackpad’s charging port and the USB-A end into the Windows PC.
However, connecting the Apple Trackpad 1 or 2 wirelessly to the Windows PC comes with a number of steps which are as follows:
1. Turn on your Apple Magic Trackpad to enter the Pairing mode.
2. On your Windows PC, search for Bluetooth and other devices settings and open the same from the search results.
3. Click on the Add device button.
4. Select the Bluetooth option from the Add a device window.
5. Select your Magic Trackpad once it shows up and pair it with your Windows PC.
Magic Trackpad Gestures on Windows (How to Enable Scroll, 2 Fingers, 3 Fingers & 4 Fingers Gestures)
The Magic Trackpad, being an Apple product, is not Windows. But it doesn’t mean you can’t use it on your Windows PC. You’ll just have to go through an additional configuration process.
The pairing process of the Trackpad is not a big deal but using that trackpad with gestures is something that asks for additional setup. Enabling gestures on Apple Trackpad for Windows requires additional drivers to be installed.
There are four ways to do so which are described below.
1. Use Apple Precision Trackpad
The Apple Precision Trackpad is an open-source, free-to-download driver that is designed to extend the Apple Magic Trackpad capabilities on Windows PC. Using these drivers you can enable the Magic Trackpad multi-touch support for your Windows PC.
1. Download the Apple Precision Trackpad drivers from here. Download the AMD version for Intel and AMD PCs and the ARM version for Arm-based PCs.
2. Once downloaded, right-click on the file, select Extract All, and extract the file to an appropriate location.
3. Once extracted, open that folder and go to drivers > arm64 (or amd64).
4. Here, right-click on the AmtPtpDevice.inf file and select Install.
5. Let the installation complete. You’ll get the message that the operation has been completed successfully.
Once done, restart your PC and you can now connect and use your Apple Magic Trackpad to your Windows PC with gestures.
Customizing the Magic Trackpad Gestures
Using the Apple Precision Trackpad drivers method, you can customize and control the Trackpad functioning using Windows settings. To customize the gestures:
On Windows 10
1. Press Win + I on your keyboard to open Windows Settings.
2. Now, navigate to Devices > Touchpad to customize your trackpad.
On Windows 11
1. Open Windows Settings (press Win + I).
2. Go to Bluetooth & devices > Touchpad and customize the trackpad.
2. Using BootCamp extracted Trackpad Drivers
You can also extract the Trackpad drivers from the BootCamp software which is used to run Windows on Mac machines. The Extraction process can be a bit tricky but you can use this link to download the extracted drivers from us.
However, in order to get the latest drivers here’s the extraction process.
1. Download the Apple Boot Camp Support Software (32-bit/64-bit).
2. Once the Boot Camp zip file is downloaded, right-click on it, select Extract All, and extract it at an appropriate location.
3. Once extracted, go to that folder and navigate to Drivers > Apple.
4. In the Apple folder, look for the file by the name AppleMultiTouchTrackPadInstaller64.exe and AppleWirelessTrackPad64.exe.
5. Right-click on these files one by one and select Run as administrator.
6. This will open the installation window of the drivers. Follow the on-screen instructions and install the drivers.
Once the drivers are installed, restart your PC.
Customizing the Trackpad Gestures
If you have used the Boot Campo-extracted drivers for your Apple Magic Trackpad, you’ll need to download a separate Apple Trackpad Control Panel to control the gestures and clicks of the trackpad.
1. Download the Apple Magic Trackpad control panel.
2. Extract the Zip and install the Control Panel application.
3. Once installed, launch the Magic Trackpad Control Panel. Here, you can set the following things:
- Tracking Speed,
- Double-Click Speed,
- Scrolling Speed,
- One-Finger Gestures,
- Two-Finger Gestures, and a lot more.
3. Using Trackpad++ App
The Trackpad++ is an alternate Windows driver for Apple Multi Touch and Force Touch Apple trackpads. The Trackpad++ is easy and simple to use and also provides a dedicated Trackpad++ Conto Module that offers full control over the Apple Trackpad gestures, clicks, and scrolling.
1. Connect your Apple Magic Trackpad to your Windows PC.
2. Now, download Trackpadd++ from here and install it on your PC.
3. Once installed, launch the app and choose Yes if you are using the Apple Trackpad 2 otherwise select No.
4. On the next question, click Yes if you are using Apple Magic Trackpad 2 otherwise click on No.
5. You’ll now see a congratulations message. Here, click on Yes to start the Trackpad++ app installation.
6. Now, complete the post-installation by following the on-screen instructions.
7. Once the installation is completed you’ll see a congratulations message along with gesture-usage instructions. Read the instructions and finally click on OK.
You’ll now be greeted with the Trackpad++ Control Module. Here, you can change various settings of your Apple Magic Trackpad like clicks, scrolling, and 2, 3, and 4-Finger gestures.
4. Using Magic Utilities App
The best way to use your Apple Magic Trackpad on your Windows PC is by using the Magic utilities app. This app offers really impressive control over the Apple pointing device and on a Windows 10 and 11 PC. This utility software is paid but it is worth it if you are someone who relies on Apple Magic Mouse, Trackpad, or keyboard on your Windows PC.
The app charges $5.99/year for a single user and offers you unlimited access to all the functionalities allowing you to use the Apple Magic Keyboard, Mouse, and Trackpad on Windows with all the gestures, scroll, and shortcuts support.
Use Windows with Apple Gestures
In conclusion, setting up and using the Apple Magic Trackpad on Windows 11 and Windows 10 is not that tricky. With their sleek design, intuitive user experience, and customizable settings, the Magic Trackpad and Trackpad 2 are excellent alternatives to traditional mice and touchpads.
Whether you’re a professional or a casual user, you’ll find the Apple Magic Trackpad to be an indispensable tool for controlling your Windows PC.