Is your Apple Pencil not working? There are a few reasons why your stylus might misbehave, and since every iPad now works with an Apple Pencil 1 or 2, there’s more chance than ever that you’re going to run into this.
The possible causes will vary depending on which pencil you have, as they both offer their own communication and shipping methods. We’ve all been covered in this guide, so there’s no need to fear.
Apple Pencil not working? Here’s how to fix it
1. Verify that it is compatible
If you just got your iPad or Apple Pencil and are confused as to why it isn’t working, you may have the wrong Pencil for your iPad, or vice versa. Check out the list below To see which pencils work with iPads, or Show menu on the Apple Support page.
Apple Pencil 2
- iPad mini (6th generation)
- iPad Air (4th generation and later)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
- iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
Apple Pencil 1
- iPad mini (5th generation)
- iPad (6th generation and later)
- iPad Air (3rd generation)
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation)
- iPad Pro 10.5″
- iPad Pro 9.7 inch
If you already have a pencil that works, but no longer does, let’s try some other options.
2. Check if bluetooth is turned on
The Apple Pencil needs a Bluetooth connection to work, so if Bluetooth is turned off on your iPad, you won’t be able to draw or take notes with it.
Here’s how to check if Bluetooth is turned on.
- Double check the connection of the pencil by Tap and hold the Bluetooth logo To open the connection tool, then Tapping it and holding it back To see your currently connected devices.
- Go to the Settings app And Check if the bluetooth says “on” (One of the best options in the menu list). If it does not, Click on this titleand then Tap the slider to make it green. Your Apple Pencil should appear in a list below, indicating that it is currently connected.
3. Make sure to charge it
One of the most common problems that cause the Apple Pencil to stop working is the lack of battery. This Bluetooth connection needs power, and your Pencil only has a limited battery capacity. To find out how much energy your pencil has, you can check in one of two ways:
- Use the battery widget To give you a quick update on Apple Pencil and batteries for other devices. to get this, Press and hold on your home screen Until you enter “vibrate mode,” a state where you can edit or delete the locations of apps on your home screen. Press the Plus button in the upper left corner To bring up the widget menu. find batteries Sectionand then Select widget size by Scroll left and right.
drag the widget to the home page or Click the Add Widget button To put it on your home screen wherever you want.
There is an additional way to check the battery on the Apple Pencil 2. Connect it to your iPad via its magnetic connection. The battery indicator will appear at the top of the screen (whichever way you hold it).
If your pen needs some juice, just Connect it to your iPad. For a first generation pencil, Remove the cover to expose the Lightning connector, and Insert it into your iPad.
Alternatively, you can Use a Lightning to Lightning converter The one that comes in the Apple Pencil case charges the pen with a regular Lightning cable.
Connect the pencil to the adapterspecially The end set by the circlethen the Lightning cable on the other end.
For a second generation pencil, Put it on the right side of your iPad Where the magnetic connector is, about halfway along the edge, with the flat side of the pencil facing the iPad. It should snap into place and start charging.
If it doesn’t, try pushing the pencil so that it is Centrally aligned with the connector. It doesn’t matter which direction the pencil tip is pointing. Your pencil will be charged from the iPad battery, so Make sure to charge the tablet as well If it is low in juice.
4. Check that the nib is connected correctly
The tip of your Apple Pencil can be taken apart to replace it when it wears out, and it can sometimes come off on its own or with you. Verify that it is securely connected by Turn the tip clockwise.
6. Try turning your iPad off and on again
If other methods fail, you may like it Try disconnecting and then reconnecting your Apple Pencil for your iPad. How you pair your Apple Pencil back depends on whether you’re using the original or second generation Pencil.
The process starts the same way in both cases. Go to the Settings appand then Click on Bluetooth. Select Apple Pencil and then”Forget this device“
Re-pair the pen with Connecting the first generation Apple Pencil Via its Lightning connector, or by Place the second generation Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector. When the pairing prompt appears, approve it. If it does not appear, wait a little bit In case the pen needs more charging, then Try again.
6. Try turning your iPad off and on again
It is always worth seeing if restarting your iPad can help fix the problem. If you don’t know how to do that, check out the How to turn off the iPad and iPad Pro section of our iPad Mega guide or How to reset the iPad, specifically Thin restart And Forced restart and options. You don’t have to reset your iPad!
If none of those things work, something more important is going to be with your Apple Pencil or iPad. You will need to Contact Apple Support or Take it to service at Apple Or another repair shop to see if they can diagnose the problem.
How about some other iPad tips before you go? Knowing how to take a full page screenshot on iPhone and iPad is one of the useful things to know, as well as how to copy and paste using Universal Clipboard between iPad and iPhone. Also, here’s how to enable the hidden trackpad on your iPhone or iPad to navigate through text easier. We also have a comprehensive guide to the hidden iPhone features that everyone should know.