How To Use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC
Windows has a bunch of trackpads you can use that get the job done nicely. If you have an Apple Magic Trackpad or use both Mac and Windows, it is possible to use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC. It takes a little configuration, but where there is a will, there is a way.
In fact, there are three ways that I know of because a graphic designer friend of mine has done this very thing. I checked how she got her Apple Magic Trackpad working on her Windows 10 desktop and she walked me through it. She used Boot Camp but said the other two methods work too.
Use the Apple Magic Trackpad on a PC
You will need an Apple Magic Trackpad or Apple Magic Trackpad 2, a Bluetooth dongle or enabled PC and a piece of software. Exactly what software depends on how you want to do this so I’ll include links to all of them. The first method uses an app from GitHub, the second uses Boot Camp and the third uses third party utilities called Magic Utilities.
The GitHub method
You can use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC using software from GitHub. Called Mac Precision Touchpad, the process is very straightforward and described at the bottom of the page.
- Navigate to this page and download the latest version of the file.
- Extract the file somewhere on your PC.
- Right click AmtPtpDevice.cer and select Install.
- Open the AmtPtpDevice folder in the download.
- Right click AmtPtpDevice.inf and select Install.
According to the instructions on the page, this should work fine.
The Boot Camp method
Apple Boot Camp is a piece of software that allows you to use Windows 10 within Mac OS. Apparently you can also use it to enable some Apple hardware to work on your PC too. This is how my friend got her Apple Magic Trackpad working on her Windows 10 desktop.
You will need a copy of Boot Camp from Apple. If you use 32-bit Windows, use this file. If you use 64-bit Windows, use this one. Support for Boot Camp is here and includes a section on getting Mac hardware to run within Windows.
- Download the correct version of Boot Camp for your PC.
- Download the Apple Magic Trackpad Control Panel from here.
- Install both onto your PC and connect the Trackpad if you haven’t already.
- Your Apple Magic Trackpad should now work.
Apparently, without the control panel, the trackpad doesn’t include all gestures which many Mac users are so used to. Adding this last piece of software increases compatibility and allows you to use many more gestures and have more control over how the Apple Magic Trackpad works.
It is a little backward though. As mentioned, Boot Camp is predominantly for using Windows 10 within Mac OS but it does work this way.
The Magic Utilities method
Magic Utilities is a third party software vendor that develops apps that help Windows and Mac play nicely together. It includes Bluetooth support for Apple devices and Boot Camp compatibility so works fine with the Apple Magic Trackpad. It does cost money, currently $5.99 a year for a single user but has a free trial.
- Download the Magic Utilities app from here.
- Install it onto your PC and allow it access to devices and anything else it requires.
- Use your Apple Magic Trackpad.
While this is a premium product, the software does make it easy to use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC. Install the software, allow it access to Bluetooth and anything else it asks for and it finds the trackpad and works right away. I only got to see this in action already installed but the configuration options are generous alone and I was assured installation and configuration was as easy as described.
There are apparently compromises if you use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC. Not all gestures are supported, sometimes the driver freezes or hesitates and sometimes the driver stops altogether. While my friend loves her Apple Magic Trackpad, she also has a different touchpad that is native to Windows and works just as well as her Apple version. It was less than half the price too!
So while you can use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC if you want to, there are other options. Do you know of any other ways to use the Apple Magic Trackpad on your PC? Know of any Windows trackpads equal to the Apple Magic Trackpad? Tell us below if you do!