What To Do If You Lose Your Wireless Mouse USB?
Wireless mice make it extremely convenient to perform computing tasks from a fair distance away from your PC, and without being tied down with the extra spaghetti (wires). They typically connect with your PC via Bluetooth or most commonly a radio frequency signal that brings in an extra, highly important component to the mix – a USB receiver. Given the tiny footprint of the USB receiver, many consumers ask what do if you lose your wireless mouse USB.
When you buy a wireless mouse or keyboard, there are some essential components that come standard in the package namely the wireless peripheral, a USB receiver to connect the two together, and user guide. The wireless mouse is powered by a one or two batteries, and can only function when paired with its wireless USB receiver that is plugged into one of your PC or laptop’s USB port.
Wireless mice aren’t expensive for the most part, and even though replacing them if you lose the USB receiver won’t burn a hole in your pocket, why do so when you can explore these 5 ways to deal with the issue?
Buy a Wireless Mouse With Unifying Receiver
Some of the best wireless peripheral manufacturers such as Dell and Logitech understand that the USB receiver can easily be misplaced. Therefore, as a solution they offer the chance to buy a highly affordable unifying USB receiver or use one you currently have with any wireless peripheral from the brand’s stable.
Depending on the brand, a single unifying receiver can be paired with up to five or more unifying compliant devices including mice and keyboards. Devices that support unifying technology typically have a unifying logo emblazoned on the USB dongle, and come with proprietary software to easily add all compatible devices to the ecosystem.
Using the unifying software is generally a no-brainer, where you first download the right software from the respective brand’s official website, launch the program, click the add devices tab, then add unifying device and lastly follow the intuitive onscreen instructions to compete the pairing process.
Since this unifying receiver is similar in size to a traditional (non-unifying) USB receiver, you may be wondering what to do if you lose your wireless mouse USB with unifying technology. Another noteworthy feature of buying unifying products is that replacement wireless USB’s are easily available online and in stores, and at a negligible cost. So if you misplace the USB receiver, don’t toss the mouse out just yet but replace it with a new USB unifying receiver that’s compatible with your device (s).
Use the Onsite USB Receiver Storage
Most if not all wireless peripheral manufacturers offer dedicated storage for the USB dongle in the form of a slot that is usually located under the device. If you do not have a unifying device and or have not stored the non-unifying receiver in its slot after use, you will have to buy a new mouse if the dongle is misplaced.
But if you’re looking to prevent losing the tiny unifying or non-unifying USB dongle, putting it into the slot when you unplug in from the PC or laptop ensures it always stays with the device. Since the receiver is already paired with the mouse via software, you simply need to remove it from the storage slot and plug it into one of the available USB ports on your computer.
Don’t Unplug the Receiver
Contrary to what some consumers believe, the pairing process between the USB receiver and mouse is only required once. Once successfully paired, it will connect with the paired peripheral automatically after starting or restarting the desktop or laptop as long as the wireless mouse is within the signal range.
If you’re going to be using the same laptop or computer with the wireless device, it’s best to leave the receiver plugged into its USB port around the clock, and just take the mouse with you wherever you go.
When transporting the wireless mouse, be sure to tuck it away in a secure pocket owing mostly to its sleek and compact design, otherwise you will have a plugged-in wireless mouse receiver and no mouse to receive the signal/
Buy a Replacement USB Receiver
If you misplace the power charging adapter of your laptop, you don’t throw it away do you? The first thing you probably do is head to the official manufacturer’s website and buy a replacement. Some manufacturers do offer spare components for their products, so head to their website and check if a replacement USB receiver for your mouse model is available.
It is worth noting that most new wireless mice and keyboards from leading computer brands come with unifying technology, so if you’re working with an older wireless computer peripheral, it may be its worth buying a new wireless mouse rather than just the receiver.
Buy a Bluetooth Wireless Mouse
If you lose your mouse wireless receiver, and don’t want to waste valuable time looking for a replacement or want to use a wireless mouse without a receiver, a Bluetooth wireless mouse is perhaps an option for you.
Just as the name suggests, this range of devices is powered by Bluetooth technology and connect with the Bluetooth module on your laptop or PC. They are the latest entrée to the wireless peripheral space, hence may cost a bit more than radio frequency-powered wireless devices, but if you don’t want to save on USB port space and not have to worry about a USB mouse dongle ever again, there’s no better option.
Losing your wireless USB mouse dongle isn’t really the end of the world because in most cases you can simply go online and buy a replacement. However, if you’re still working with an older wireless mouse model, i.e. one without unifying technology, it may be the right time to make the upgrade to a unifying wireless mouse or better yet a Bluetooth wireless mouse that connects directly with your PC or laptop via a Bluetooth signal.