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What to Do When You Have Lost Your Mouse USB

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The best wireless mouse is convenient, comfortable, quick, and reliable. But one area that’s sometimes a pain is the USB dongle. There’s nothing inherently wrong with the dongle, but it’s small. And small things are easy to lose. So if you’re constantly losing things, stick with us as we instruct you what to do when you have lost your mouse USB.


  • How to handle losing a USB dongle depends on the type of wireless connection of your mouse.
  • A Bluetooth mouse can connect to a computer without the USB dongle if the computer also supports Bluetooth.
  • Non-Bluetooth wireless mouse types need a specific USB dongle, as they operate on a unique radio frequency.

We also have a great read comparing wireless vs. wired mice. And for the gamers considering switching their control strategy, we have another resource explaining PS2 controller vs USB mouse.

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It’s always helpful to have an extra mouse handy if you encounter connectivity issues or lose the USB dongle.

What to Do When Your Wireless Mouse USB is Lost

The USB receiver is part of the wireless mouse that establishes a signal and connects the mouse to the computer. Without it, in many cases, the mouse won’t work.

There are two different types of wireless connections: Bluetooth and regular wireless.

So, what happens if you set up your workstation and your USB dongle is nowhere in sight? Is all hope lost? Not really, but how to proceed depends on the type of wireless connection you have. Also, we cover all forms of mousey topics. For example, we have a riveting piece on what battery types are used in wireless mice.

USB dongle that has a wireless connection

Bluetooth Connection

If you have a Bluetooth mouse and your computer also supports Bluetooth connectivity, you can ditch the dongle and connect your mouse to your computer, just as you would a speaker. All you need to do is access your computer’s Bluetooth list of devices, set your mouse to pairing mode, and connect.

This works because a transmitter is built into the mouse and a Bluetooth receiver within the computer. Because of this, there’s no need to plug the dongle into a USB port. For more info on this subject, you can read our article explaining how to use a mouse dongle as a Bluetooth receiver.


A USB webcam provides an easier installation experience but won’t provide the same image quality as a digital camera.

Wireless Connection

Wireless devices that aren’t Bluetooth enabled require separate receivers because they give off a specific radio frequency. Therefore, the dongle must be plugged into a computer’s USB port for the wireless mouse to work. This means that if you lose your wireless USB dongle, you won’t be able to use the mouse.

Many manufacturers offer replacement receivers for purchase. Another good idea is to buy a unifying receiver. This allows users to connect multiple devices under one common connection. However, remember that these unifying receivers typically only work within the same device brand, and only certain brands, like Logitech, offer them.

STAT: A Bluetooth connection will retain its signal for up to about 30 feet. However, the proper tools can extend a Bluetooth connection to 500 feet. (source)

What to Do When You Lose Your Mouse USB FAQs

Is it possible to use a different receiver for your wireless mouse?

The only possible option is to purchase a unifying receiver of the same brand as your mouse.

Can a wireless mouse be connected without a receiver?

Bluetooth is the only type of wireless receiver built into the computer.

How come Bluetooth devices connect to a single receiver?

Bluetooth operates on a unique radio frequency of 2.4 gigahertz. This allows Bluetooth to create an ecosystem where all the devices work together.

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