How To Connect A Wireless Mouse Without A Receiver? (No USB)

It happens all the time – you get a wireless addition to your computer, such as a keyboard or a mouse. It comes with a nano receiver and at some point or another, you misplace it. It is quite common, but you usually end up finding it in a pocket.

However, there are cases when you simply have no idea where it is. You look everywhere and you simply cannot find it. At a first glance, your available options seem pretty clear – you might need to buy the exact same receiver.

Now, is there a way to connect a wireless mouse without a receiver? It depends on a bunch of different factors. There are plenty of mouse manufacturers out there.

You will have to determine whether it is a Bluetooth mouse, a WiFi one, or an RF one – there are times when mice can work more ways. For instance, a mouse designed to connect via Bluetooth might work without the receiver. Then, if you have a Logitech mouse from the Unifying range, you could just get another receiver from the same category.

So, what should you think about before buying a new receiver?

Understanding connectivity issues in wireless devices

Sometimes, you might be able to connect a wireless mouse without a receiver, but there are also situations when it does not work. You get a different unit of the same brand. It might as well be the same model and you could still face trouble. Where is the catch then?

The frequency is everything when about to connect a wireless mouse. Just because two devices operate wirelessly, it does not always mean that they are compatible. For two devices to run together, they must do it on a certain frequency. If frequencies are different, the connection will fail.

“Just because two devices operate wirelessly, it does not always mean that they are compatible.”

Now, imagine more people with more laptops and wireless mice from the same brand. Even if they seem identical, they would work flawlessly without any interferences whatsoever. There would be no disruptions at all. At this point, it is important to understand that such great connectivity would only be possible with the protocols of those devices and the specific frequencies they work with.

The way this connectivity works is fairly easy to figure out. When they create mice – or other similar devices, manufacturers hard code inside the respective chips. As a direct consequence, you can plug those devices in and they will work straight away – plug and play. Years ago, unpaired devices had to be paired up with various serials and protocols – a bit of a nightmare.

Today, these devices are already paired, so you would not require any technical experience to make them work.

On another hand, you should consider a Bluetooth mouse if you are concerned about losing the dongle. A wireless mouse without dongle would be challenging to use, but a Bluetooth one will be easier to connect to laptops.

Now, what kind of options do you have for a wireless mouse without receiver and how can you solve the problem?

How to connect Logitech wireless mouse without receiver

logitech mouse and a receiver, can you still connect the mouse without it?

A wireless mouse with no USB receiver can connect over Bluetooth without too much hassle. It depends on the mouse you get, of course. At the same time, it depends on your operating system – there are different steps. Since there are more Logitech mice with such technologies, each of them may have a few particularities, but the operating principles are the same.

Windows user guide

If you run Windows 8 or newer, you will need to perform the following steps.

  1. Get the mouse and find the easy switch button. Many Logitech mice come with this button if they allow Bluetooth connectivity – if you are not sure where it is, simply check the manual of instructions.
  2. This button allows you to choose a particular channel. Once pressed, locate the connect button on the mouse and press it. Again, refer to the manual of instructions if you are not sure.
  3. The mouse will indicate whether or not it is ready for pairing. If it is, the channel number light will go blinking extremely fast. At this point, the connection is ready to go on.
  4. There are a few settings you need to perform on your device too, whether you use a laptop or a Bluetooth supporting desktop.
  5. For Windows 8 or higher, reach to the settings and find the tab or button for PC and devices.
  6. Once in that menu, you will find a plethora of devices associated with the device. Find the one that indicates the Bluetooth connection.
  7. Let the Bluetooth scan for nearby devices. Your mouse should show up in the list. Logitech usually uses the mouse model name, so you should spot it right away. Once on the list, click it and choose to pair it.
  8. Pairing the device is fairly simple and involves following a few intuitive steps. Once the pairing is complete, the light will stop blinking. Instead, it will stay steady for five seconds. You can then use your mouse.

Mac OS X user guide

The pairing operation is straightforward if you run Mac OS X too. Some of the steps are similar and the pairing procedure is relatively fast.

  1. Locate the easy switch button on the mouse. You will then have to select a channel.
  2. Once you got the channel, find the connect button and press it. If you are not sure where these buttons are on your mouse, you can always check the manual of instructions for more details.
  3. Pay attention to the mouse and the channel number light. You will know the mouse is ready for pairing once the light start blinking.
  4. Back to your device, go to the system preferences. Find the settings related to the Bluetooth connections and access them.
  5. Go to the devices list as the unit scans and find the mouse name. It is usually the model name associated with the mouse. Click it and choose to pair it.
  6. On screen instructions are pretty clear – follow them and your mouse will be paired within a minute. You know it is ready to use as soon as the light stops blinking. Instead, it will keep steady for five seconds.

Now you know how to pair your Bluetooth wireless mouse without a receiver.

But what happens if the mouse you use does not connect over Bluetooth? What if it does not come with this technology? Can you still pair it or should you just get another mouse instead?

How to connect a wireless mouse to a different receiver

Woman holding a mouse and truong to connect wireless mouse to different receiver

Many mice and receivers designed by Logitech rely on the Unifying series. Basically, this series ensures a smooth connectivity with no flaws at all. The best part about it? Even if you end up with a wireless mouse no receiver, you can still purchase a different dongle and set it up accordingly. But before getting there, it is important to know how to pair your mouse to the receiver it actually comes with.

  • Just like for most mice with wireless technologies coming from Logitech, you will need to identify the easy switch button and choose a channel. It is usually located on the bottom of the hand, closer to the wrist than to the fingers. It might differ though – if you are not sure, check the manual of instructions.
  • Once you have chosen a channel, press the connect button. It is also located on the bottom side of the mouse.
  • You will know your mouse is ready to pair as soon as the channel number light starts blinking. You can then put the mouse down and move on to your computer or laptop.
  • Grab the Unifying receiver and plug it into a USB port. It makes no difference what port you choose.
  • Once the pairing is complete, the pairing light on the bottom of the mouse will stop blinking. Instead, it will go steady for five seconds – you can then use the mouse. There are also situations when the blinking occurs at a slower rate. This speed indicates that the mouse cannot complete the connection.

Connectivity will be flawless and uninterrupted. There are a few ways to stop it. You can connect to the same desktop or laptop on a completely different channel, but you can also use that exact same channel to connect a new device.

The above mentioned steps will help if you have just bought a mouse with a receiver or you have found the receiver. But what happens with a wireless mouse without dongle? Is there a way to establish a connection? The good news is there is. You will not have to buy a separate mouse, but just a new receiver from the same Unifying series.

  • Get the Unifying software from Logitech. You can find it for free on the official website. Simply download it and install it on your computer or laptop.
  • Grab your mouse and press the easy switch button – make sure you identify it correctly. If you are not 100% sure about it, check the manual of instructions. It should have a few LED lights next to it – each of them labeled with a number.
  • Press the connect button – usually located on the same side of the mouse. You will know your mouse is ready to pair if the LED light by the selected channel number will start blinking. At this point, your mouse is willing to make a connection.
  • Leave the mouse and go to your computer or laptop. Unpack the new Unifying receiver you have just bought and plug it in. It should go to a USB port – there are no rules there.
  • Instructions on the screen are intuitive and straightforward. If you have paired such devices before, the process will take less than a minute – there is no experience required.
  • Once the pairing is complete, you will notice the light by the channel number is no longer blinking. Instead, it will keep steady for five seconds. You can then use your mouse.

Unless you change the channel or you connect a different device on the respective channel, the connection between your mouse and computer will not reset by itself

How to connect HP wireless mouse without receiver (and how about other brands?)

Whether you have a modern HP wireless mouse with no USB receiver or you use another brand, your options will be a bit limited.

To keep it simple, you will not be able to buy a different receiver or dongle and connect your mouse should you lose the one coming with the package. Even if you buy the exact same model, the connectivity will not go on due to different frequencies.

At this point, it is obvious that you cannot connect a wireless mouse without receiver. So far, Logitech seems to be the front runner in terms of overcoming this problem. So, what options do you have then?

  • Buy a new mouse. A new mouse will come with a new receiver or dongle. You can establish the connection again and look after it.
  • Connect over Bluetooth. Many mice allow a Bluetooth connectivity as well. You will have to establish the connection yourself and pair devices, but the process is quick and intuitive.

How to connect a wireless mouse to a laptop (Extras and other considerations)

Connecting a wireless mouse to a laptop depends on what kind of connectivity it comes with. If it has a receiver, you will need to pair the device once. Some mice also come with Bluetooth connections, so you can skip the receiver – convenient if you lose it somehow.

Adding devices is fairly simple, especially if you have a modern mouse with more channels. For instance, if your mouse has three channels, it can connect to three different devices. You can add a different device on each channel – either via Bluetooth or a wireless connection, depending on the mouse.

“If your mouse has three channels, it can connect to three different devices. You can add a different device on each channel”

On Logitech’s modern mice, you can press the easy switch button to swap the channel and choose the right channel for the device you use. You can then switch between one device or another by changing the channel. If the light on the mouse is steady, the connection has been established. If it blinks fast, the mouse is waiting for the connection. If it blinks slowly, it is not able to complete the connection.

In terms of considerations, it is worth noting that a wireless mouse differs widely from a wired one. While you do have some freedom of movement, you must remain relatively close. Generally speaking, a Bluetooth connection can only go for 33 feet. Taking the mouse out of this range will require pairing it again once you are back close. Pairing the mouse again is usually automatic and does not require any extra work.

Sometimes your connection may be there, but not have the best quality. See how you can fix that issue:

A wireless mouse requires batteries. You may have a charging cable for non-replaceable batteries or you might need to change batteries every once in a while. The lifetime battery is quite impressive on mice though, so you do not need too many spare batteries around. Most modern mice can easily go for over a year with the same set of batteries.

Now, different mice can support different types of devices, so compatibility could be an issue. Sometimes, it may look like the mouse is defective – just make sure it is compatible instead. Some mice can only take one device at a time, while others can pair with two or three other computers.

To prevent losing the dongle or the receiver, it might be a good idea to get a low profile model. It should be small enough to be left permanently into the USB slot without causing any problems at all. Larger units can fall and damage the USB slot, but they will also grow legs at some point or another.

Finally, you should know that some computers load Bluetooth drivers during the startup sequence. They focus on certain drivers though. Computers usually go for USB drivers before wireless drivers, so you might be lucky troubleshooting a computer with a wired mouse, rather than a wireless one – a common issue if your computer is not starting properly.


As a short final conclusion, the possibility to connect a wireless mouse without receiver will not always bring in a positive outcome. Mice are usually connected to the receivers they come with. Lose the receiver and the mouse might become useless – unless you have backup connectivity, such as Bluetooth. Replacing the receiver – even with one made by the same company – will not always work.

The good news is there are a few options out there that can work with multiple receivers. However, as a general rule of thumb, they should come from the same manufacturer. Not all brands provide such mice, so you might get unlucky – worth a try though. In most cases, you might need to purchase a different mouse.