Does your laptop touchpad use Synaptics driver? Here are the steps to download and install the Synaptics touchpad driver in Windows 11.
Since Windows 10, the operating system has been pretty good at detecting and installing the latest basic touchpad drivers. Windows 11 is no different. i.e., it can download all the required drivers automatically. That way, you can start using your touchpad right away.
Moreover, laptops with precision touchpads get precision touchpad drivers that enable several valuable functionalities like gestures. This means laptop manufacturers don’t have to supply additional drivers for a precision touchpad. For instance, my laptop has a precision touchpad. Windows 11 operating system automatically downloads and installs the Windows precision touchpad drivers.
Though Windows is good at downloading a basic touchpad driver, for Synaptics touchpad, you have to download Synaptics touchpad driver. With a supporting driver for the Synaptics touchpad, the touchpad might be limited in terms of features or outright not work as it should.
In this simple and easy Windows 11 guide, let me show you how to download and install the Synaptics touchpad driver in Windows 11 operating system.
Download and install Synaptics driver in Windows 11
You have multiple ways to download and install the Synaptics touchpad driver in Windows 11. You can download the Synaptics driver from the laptop manufacturer’s website, use the Windows 11 device manager to update the existing driver, or use a third-party driver updating software. I will show all three methods. Follow the one you like.
Note: for most users, I recommend following the first method. It gives you the Synaptics driver you need. Follow the other two ways if the first method doesn’t work.
Download from the laptop manufacturer’s website
Almost every laptop manufacturer provides touchpad driver downloads on their respective websites. The laptop manufacturer’s website is the best place to download the Synaptics driver.
The Synaptics driver you need to download entirely depends on your laptop model number. So, it is essential to know both the laptop brand and model number. Generally, you can find your laptop model number under the laptop or in the system information window. For more information, follow the linked guide to finding the laptop model in Windows.
Once you know the laptop model number, follow the below links to go to the manufacturer’s website, use the model number, and download the Synaptics touchpad driver.
- Dell — https://www.dell.com/support/home/en-us?app=drivers&lwp=rt
- HP — https://support.hp.com/us-en/drivers
- Lenovo — https://support.lenovo.com/cl/en/downloads/DS502351
- Acer — https://www.acer.com/ac/en/US/content/drivers
- Asus — https://www.asus.com/support/Download-Center/
- MSI — https://www.msi.com/support/download
- Razer — https://support.razer.com/
- Samsung — https://www.samsung.com/us/support/computing/windows-laptops/
- LG — https://www.lg.com/us/support/software-firmware-drivers
Use the Device Manager
You can update or install the touchpad driver directly from the Device Manager. It is pretty simple to do. Let me show you how to do it in simple and easy steps.
- Right-click the Start menu.
- Choose the “Device Manager” option.
- Expand “Mice and other pointing software.”
- Right-click on the device.
- Click the “Update driver” option.
- Choose “Search automatically for drivers.”
- Follow the on-screen instructions.
- With that, you have installed a compatible touchpad driver in Windows 11.
Steps with more detail and screenshots:
We need to open the Device Manager first. In Windows 11, you can do it in multiple ways. One of the ways is to right-click the Start menu or press the “Win + X” shortcut and choose the “Device Manager.”
After opening the Device Manager, expand the “Mice and other pointing software” option. This action should show all the connected mice and other pointing devices.
Now, find the touchpad device, right-click on it and choose the “Update Driver” option.
The above action will open the driver download window. Here, choose the “Search automatically for drivers” option.
This action will prompt Windows to check Windows servers for a new or updates to the existing driver. If Windows finds a driver, it will automatically download and install the driver. Otherwise, it will let you know that no drivers are available.
Use a driver updater software
As an alternative, you can use driver updater software. As the name implies, a driver update software will check and update all your drivers at once.
The good thing, most of the driver updater software are good at finding and downloading compatible driver with just a couple of clicks. You don’t have to download and install every driver individually. As such, you will get the latest Synaptics touchpad driver for Windows.
Here are a few driver updater software you can try in Windows 10 and 11:
- Dell update utility
- IObit driver booster
- WinZip driver updater
- Double driver
- Device doctor
- DUMo update monitor
That is all. It is that simple to download the Synaptics touchpad driver in Windows 10 and 11.
I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.
If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.