How to Fix Your MacBook Cursor That Moves On Its Own?

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Are you experiencing your Macbook trackpad jumping around while you’re typing? This can be a very frustrating issue and make it difficult to complete tasks on your laptop. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can take to help identify the cause of the problem and find a solution that works for you.

First, try turning off the “Tap to Click” feature on your trackpad. This feature causes the cursor to move when you tap on it, and can sometimes result in unexpected movements when typing. To turn this off, go to System Preferences > Trackpad > Point & Click the tab. Uncheck the box next to “Tap to click”.

Next, keep your trackpad clean and dry. If there is any dirt or dust built up on it, this can interfere with its performance and lead to erratic cursor movements. Use a soft cloth or cotton swab dipped in isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) to gently wipe down the surface of the trackpad and remove any debris.

Thirdly, check if there are any problems with your power adapter or battery. If either of these is faulty, this could be causing interference in your trackpad’s performance which will result in unexpected cursor movements while typing. Try unplugging your power adapter from both ends and then plugging it back in again firmly – if this doesn’t work, contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Fourthly, take off any jewelry that you may have on your hands – rings or bracelets for example – as these can interfere with the tracking abilities of your trackpad which will lead to unexpected jumps while typing.

Fifthly, reduce wireless interference around your Macbook by turning off other devices such as phones or tablets that may be connected via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi networks within range of your laptop. This will help reduce any potential conflicts between devices that could be affecting the performance of your trackpad.

Finally, boot into safe mode on your laptop (hold down Shift when restarting) and test out third-party apps one at a time until you identify which one is causing the issue if any at all – once determined remove that app from usage until an update/fix is released by its developer(s).

Hopefully, these steps will help resolve any issues with your MacBook’s trackpad jumping around while typing! If not, contact Apple Support for further assistance – they should be able to provide more specific advice tailored towards resolving this issue for you specifically so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them!

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Fixing a Jumpy Trackpad on a Mac

Fixing a jumpy trackpad on your Mac requires a few steps. First, make sure you turn off ‘Tap to Click’ in System Preferences > Trackpad. This will stop the cursor from jumping when you tap the trackpad surface. Second, make sure your trackpad is clean and dry by wiping it down with a lint-free cloth. Third, check for any problems with your power adapter that could be causing the issue. Fourth, take off any jewelry on your hands that could be interfering with the trackpad’s sensors. Fifth, reduce any wireless interference around your Mac by moving away from other wireless devices. Finally, try booting into Safe Mode to test whether any third-party apps are causing the issue. Once you’ve gone through all of these steps, the jumpiness should be resolved and you should be able to use your Mac without any issues.

Troubleshooting a Jumping Trackpad

The trackpad jumping around may be caused by a number of different factors. Faulty hardware, such as a mouse or USB port, can cause the trackpad to jump erratically. In addition, an outdated device driver or improper touchpad settings can also contribute to this issue. Lastly, in some cases, malicious software or malware can cause trackpad issues as well. To fix this problem, try updating your device drivers and adjusting your touchpad settings. If that doesn’t help, you may need to replace any faulty hardware components or run a virus scan for any potential malware threats.

Recalibrating a MacBook Pro Trackpad

To recalibrate your MacBook Pro trackpad, you will need to first shut down your MacBook. Once it is off, turn it on and immediately press and hold the Option, Command, P, and R keys all at the same time. After about 20 seconds have passed you can release these keys and your Mac will restart. This will then bring up a special calibration menu which you can use to adjust your trackpad settings as needed. You can also access this calibration menu by going to System Preferences > Trackpad > Calibration.


In conclusion, a Macbook trackpad jumping around can be caused by a variety of factors such as tapping to click, a dirty or wet trackpad, power adapter issues, jewelry on your hands, wireless interference, or third-party apps. To solve this problem it is important to try each of the seven fixes mentioned above and follow any instructions associated with them. If none of these solutions work then it may be time to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

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James Walker

James Walker has a deep passion for technology and is our in-house enthusiastic editor. He graduated from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and loves to test the latest gadgets and play with older software (something we’re still trying to figure out about himself). Hailing from Iowa, United States, James loves cats and is an avid hiker in his free time.