Steelseries Rival 3 Wireless Not Connecting(FIX)

steelseries rival 3 wireless not connecting

Steelseries Rival 3 is an excellent gaming mouse with extraordinary capabilities, but even the best of mice often come with problems, one of them being the Rival 3 and the impact of a wireless gaming mouse not connecting is very profound. So in this post I’m going to tell you how to fix the Steelseries Rival 3 Wireless Not Connecting Problem.


When you’re playing your game or using the mouse, the first thing to appear is the blinking white light which means that your mouse is disconnecting, it does this randomly which is quite bothersome.

How To Fix The Steelseries Rival 3 Wireless Not Connecting Problem

1. Check The Nano Dongle:

The first and foremost thing is to check if the Nano Dongle isn’t damaged and if it’s working properly, it’s a very small device and is prone to damage , since it’s a wireless mouse the connectivity might be compromised by a even a slight issue so make sure that the Dongle is working properly.

If the Nano dongle works with another SteelSeries mouse then the problem lies with the Nano Dongle.

2. Disconnect It Then Reconnect It Again

The good old fashioned way of disconnecting and reconnecting peripherals works like a charm some times so try the method of disconnecting your Rival 3 then reconnecting it.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Turn off your wireless mouse completely
  • Turn it on after 30 seconds then check if the mouse is giving any problems

3. Switch The Batteries

A very common reason for why you SteelSeries rival 3 wireless doesn’t connect is because of old or damaged batteries so if the mouse frequently disconnects then you should start off by replacing the batteries.

4. Bluetooth Would Be A Better Option

Although Bluetooth connectivity might result in a bit of input delay for your Rival 3 but with a good Bluetooth Dongle that surely won’t happen.

5. Connect The Mouse On The USB Hubs Located On The Back of Your Laptop/PC:

I know this is quite a simple procedure but the logic behind this is that the USB hubs on the back usually receive more power from the motherboard, thus resulting in better connectivity so make sure that the 2.4Ghz Dongle or your Bluetooth dongle is connected on the back of the laptop.

6. Factory Reset Your Rival 3 Mouse

Factory resetting your mouse is perhaps the best way to make sure that their are no underlying problems with it, here’s how you do it:

  • Turn off your mouse completely
  • Hold the left, right and CPI button simultaneously for 5 seconds
  • Turn on your mouse again and then check if it’s disconnecting or not

7. Make Sure That All Of The USB Hubs Are Getting Power

You could easily miss this so plug in another USB device and check if all of the ports are working.

8. Make Sure That Your Nano/Bluetooth Dongle Is Being Recognized

Here’s how you see if your USB dongle is being recognized:

  • Type “Device Manager” in the bottom right search bar
  • Head into “Sound,Video and Game Controllers” and see if the dongle is being shown in there

9. Get An Alternative Mouse

Sometimes gaming mice just get old and/or are abused a lot, now I’m not saying that you abuse your mouse, I’m just saying that there’s a certain lifespan of electronic things, so if your mouse is not under warranty and if after applying the fixes above, the mouse still keeps disconnecting then a great alternative would be Razer Deathadder V2 Pro.


Although the fixes above are sure to fix your wireless connectivity problem with the SteelSeries mouse so you most likely won’t be needing another gaming mouse.