How to connect apple pencil to ipad

The Apple Pencil is a powerful tool that transforms your iPad into a creative canvas. Not minding you’re an artist, a note-taking pro, or just a beginner a seamless connection between your Apple Pencil and iPad is very important.

How to connect apple pencil to ipad

This in-depth guide from Digiwallet will walk you through the process of connecting your Apple Pencil to your iPad, addressing different models and troubleshooting any potential issues.

Identifying Your Apple Pencil and iPad Model

The connection process depends on the specific models of your Apple Pencil and iPad. Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Apple Pencil (1st generation): This model features a Lightning connector on one end.
  • Apple Pencil (2nd generation): This sleeker design has a flat edge and magnetic connection.
  • Apple Pencil Pro: Similar to the 2nd generation, it boasts a flat edge for magnetic connection.

Your iPad model also plays a part. iPads with a Home button (pre-2018) typically work with the 1st generation Apple Pencil. Newer iPads lacking a Home button use the 2nd generation or Apple Pencil Pro.

Still unsure? Check the back of your iPad or Apple Pencil for model numbers. Alternatively, visit Apple’s support page to identify your specific models [Apple Support – Identify your iPad model].

Connecting Your Apple Pencil: A Step-by-Step Guide

Now that you’ve identified your models, let’s delve into the connection process:

For Apple Pencil (1st generation) with compatible iPads (6th-9th generation):

  1. Remove the Cap: Unscrew the cap at the tip of your Apple Pencil.
  2. Plug into Lightning Connector: Firmly insert the Lightning connector of your Apple Pencil into the Lightning port on your iPad.
  3. Pair Prompt: A pop-up window will appear on your iPad screen. Tap “Pair” to establish the connection.

For Apple Pencil (2nd generation) or Apple Pencil Pro with compatible iPads:

  1. Magnetic Connection: Locate the magnetic connector on the right side of your iPad (opposite the volume buttons).
  2. Attach the Pencil: Gently place the flat edge of your Apple Pencil onto the magnetic connector. It will automatically attach and begin charging.
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For Apple Pencil (1st generation) with newer iPads (10th generation and later):

  1. Lightning to USB-C Adapter: You’ll need Apple’s USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter (sold separately).
  2. Connect the Adapter: Plug the Lightning connector of your Apple Pencil into the adapter.
  3. USB-C to iPad: Connect the USB-C end of the adapter to your iPad’s USB-C port.
  4. Charging and Pairing: The Apple Pencil will start charging, and a pop-up window might appear for pairing. Tap “Pair” if prompted.

Pro Tip: Ensure your iPad’s Bluetooth is enabled for a smooth pairing process. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and toggle it on if necessary.

Pair and charge Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with iPad

You can attach Apple Pencil (2nd generation) to the magnetic connector on the right side of your compatible iPad to pair and charge it.

Pair Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with iPad

Attach Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the right side of your iPad.

Charge Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

  1. Make sure that Bluetooth® is turned on in Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Attach Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the right side of your iPad.

Check the battery level of Apple Pencil

Do any of the following:

  • Check the Batteries widget.
  • Go to Settings > Apple Pencil.

How to Pair and charge Apple Pencil (1st generation) with iPad

You can pair and charge Apple Pencil (1st generation) by plugging it into the Lightning or USB-C connector on your compatible iPad.

How to Pair and charge Apple Pencil (1st generation) on an iPad with a Home button

  1. Remove the cap and plug Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad.
  2. Do any of the following:
    • Pair Apple Pencil: When the Pair button appears, tap it.After you pair Apple Pencil, unplug it from iPad. Apple Pencil stays paired until you restart your iPad, turn off Bluetooth®, or pair with another iPad. Just pair Apple Pencil again when you’re ready to use it.
    • Charge Apple Pencil: Apple Pencil charges while it’s plugged into your iPad.If your pencil came with an Apple Pencil Charging Adapter, you can also charge it using the Lightning Cable and power adapter that came with your iPad.

Pair and charge Apple Pencil with iPad (10th generation)

  1. Remove the cap and plug Apple Pencil into the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter.
  2. Connect the other end of the adapter to your iPad using the USB-C charge cable that came with your iPad.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • Pair Apple Pencil: When the Pair button appears, tap it.After you pair Apple Pencil, unplug it from iPad. Apple Pencil stays paired until you restart your iPad, turn off Bluetooth, or pair with another iPad. Just pair Apple Pencil again when you’re ready to use it.
    • Charge Apple Pencil: Apple Pencil charges while it’s plugged into your iPad.
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Tip: You can also charge Apple Pencil using the USB-C charge cable and power adapter that came with your iPad.

Pair and charge Apple Pencil (USB-C) with iPad

You can pair and charge Apple Pencil by plugging it into the USB-C connector on your compatible iPad.

Pair and charge Apple Pencil (USB-C)

  1. Slide open the end of Apple Pencil and connect it to the USB-C charge cable that came with your iPad.
  2. Connect the other end of the USB-C charge cable to the USB-C connector on iPad.
  3. Do any of the following:
    • Pair Apple Pencil: Tap “Tap to Connect.”After you pair Apple Pencil, you can disconnect it from the USB-C charge cable. Apple Pencil stays paired until you restart your iPad, turn off Bluetooth®, or pair with another iPad. Just pair Apple Pencil again you’re ready to use it.
    • Charge Apple Pencil: Apple Pencil charges while it’s plugged into your iPad.

Tip: You can also charge Apple Pencil using the USB-C charge cable and power adapter that came with your iPad.

Pair and charge Apple Pencil Pro with iPad

Attach Apple Pencil Pro to the magnetic connector on the long side of your compatible iPad to pair and charge it.

Pair Apple Pencil Pro with iPad

Attach Apple Pencil Pro to the magnetic connector on the long side of your iPad.

Charge Apple Pencil Pro

  1. Make sure that Bluetooth® is turned on in Settings > Bluetooth.
  2. Attach Apple Pencil Pro to the magnetic connector on the long side of your iPad.

If your Apple Pencil won’t pair with your iPad

  1. Connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad:
    • With Apple Pencil Pro or Apple Pencil (2nd generation): Center your Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector.
    • With Apple Pencil (1st generation) and iPad (6th through 9th generations): Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad.
    • With Apple Pencil (1st generation) and iPad (10th generation): Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil and a USB-C cable into the USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter. Plug the other end of the cable into your iPad.
  2. Restart your iPad, then try to pair again.
  3. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. On the same screen, find your Apple Pencil under My Devices. If you find it, tap info. Then tap Forget this Device.
  5. Connect your Apple Pencil into your iPad and tap the Pair button when it appears after a few seconds.
  6. If the Pair button doesn’t appear, wait for one minute while your Apple Pencil charges. Then try connecting your Apple Pencil again and wait until the Pair button appears.
  7. If your Apple Pencil Pro or Apple Pencil (2nd generation) still does not pair, remove any cases or covers from the iPad, then try to pair again.
  8. If the Pair button still doesn’t appear, contact Apple Support.

Before you begin

  • Update your iPad to the latest software.
  • Make sure that you have the Apple Pencil model that works with your iPad.
  • You might need to charge your Apple Pencil before you can use it.

If you’re pairing Apple Pencil (1st Generation) with iPad (10th generation), make sure that you have the required USB-C to Apple Pencil Adapter and a compatible cable, such as the USB-C Charge Cable.

Troubleshooting Potential Issues

If you encounter difficulties connecting your Apple Pencil, here are some troubleshooting steps:

  • Double-check Connection: Re-establish the physical connection between your Apple Pencil and iPad, ensuring a secure fit.
  • Restart Your Devices: A simple restart of both your iPad and Apple Pencil can often resolve minor glitches.
  • Forget This Device: Go to Settings > Bluetooth, locate your Apple Pencil under “My Devices,” tap the info icon (i), and select “Forget This Device.” Then, repeat the connection process.
  • Check for Updates: Ensure your iPad is running the latest iPadOS version. Updates often address connectivity issues.
  • Clean the Connector: Gently clean the Lightning connector (1st generation Apple Pencil) or magnetic connector (2nd generation/Pro) with a soft, dry cloth to remove any debris.
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Still Facing Issues? If the problem persists after trying these steps, it’s recommended to contact Apple Support for further assistance.

Successful connection

With a successful connection, you’re now ready to use the vast possibilities of the Apple Pencil! Take notes, create stunning artwork, mark up documents.

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Richard okechukwu Chinedu

FinTech enthusiast with a passion for making financial technology accessible and understandable. I break down complex concepts into actionable insights to empower readers to navigate the ever-evolving world of FinTech.

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