Apple Pencil not working? 8 Fixes to resolve the issue

How to fix Apple Pencil not working

Apple Pencil works flawlessly, and there’s no perceivable latency. You can take notes, mark documents or draw with it. Moreover, several professionals use the Apple Pencil to create art on Procreate. That said, if your Apple Pencil is not working as intended, it can be due to various reasons. Here’s how you can fix it.

Let’s start with the basics!

  1. Check Apple Pencil compatibility
  2. Recharge the Apple Pencil battery
  3. Activate Bluetooth
  4. Check app compatibility
  5. Re-pair the Apple Pencil
  6. Restart your iPad
  7. Ensure the nib is properly attached
  8. Contact Apple Support

1. Check Apple Pencil compatibility

So, you just bought an Apple Pencil, and it does not respond on your iPad? It could be that you bought an Apple Pencil incompatible with your iPad. Apple Pencil Gen 2 is not backward compatible, and the first-gen Apple Pencil is not supported by devices launched after it. Here’s a list of iPads supported by both generations of Apple Pencil.

Apple Pencil (Generation 1)

  • iPad (6th – 9th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation) 
  • iPad mini (5th generation) 
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation)  
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad 9.7-inch

Apple Pencil (Generation 2)

  • iPad mini (6th generation) 
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd – 5th generation) 
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st – 3rd generation) 
  • iPad Air (4th and 5th generation)

If your Apple Pencil is not compatible with your iPad and you’ve just purchased the Apple Pencil, return it as soon as you can and replace it with the compatible model. If you have a compatible Pencil, move on to the next fix.

2. Recharge the Apple Pencil battery

The Apple Pencil works over Bluetooth and has an in-built battery that must be recharged. If your Apple Pencil is not working, there is a possibility that it has run out of juice. To check the battery of your Apple Pencil on your iPad, you will need to add the Battery widget to the home screen. Here’s our detailed guide to checking your Apple Pencil’s battery.  

If you own a 1st generation Apple Pencil and want to recharge it, take off the cap at the back and plug it into the lightning port of the iPad. As the 2nd Generation of Apple Pencil comes with wireless charging, you need to attach it to the right side of the iPad, where it’ll attach itself magnetically and charge wirelessly.

Ensure your iPad has enough battery to charge the Apple Pencil.

3. Activate Bluetooth

As I mentioned earlier, the Apple Pencil works over a Bluetooth connection. So, you need to enable Bluetooth on your iPad to connect your Apple pencil. Here’s how to check if Bluetooth on your iPad is enabled, 

  1. Open Control Center on iPad.
  2. If the Bluetooth icon appears in blue, it indicates that Bluetooth is enabled.

Follow these steps to check if the Apple Pencil is connected to your iPad, 

  1. Tap and hold at the center of the connectivity widgets. 
  2. When widgets expand, tap and hold the Bluetooth icon.
    A list of available and connected devices appears.
  3. Confirm if your Apple Pencil is connected.

    Activate Bluetooth on iPad

If everything is fine, turn off and back on the device’s Bluetooth and then try connecting them.

4. Check app compatibility

You’re already aware that different Apple Pencils are compatible with different iPads. Similarly, not all applications support input from the Apple Pencil. Although widely used Notes and Sketching apps are compatible with the Apple Pencil, most applications that support the Apple Pencil mention it in their description.

If you’re on the lookout for the applications, here’s a list of the best Apple Pencil apps for iPad to make the most out of it.

5. Re-pair the Apple Pencil

Connectivity issues in wireless devices are a more common phenomenon than you think. One of the easiest ways to iron out these issues is to re-pair the device with its parent device. The same applies here. Just unpair your Apple Pencil from your iPad and pair it again after a couple of minutes.

Follow our step-by-step guide on pairing and unpair Apple Pencil with your iPad!

6. Restart your iPad

Restarting is another quick way to troubleshoot your devices, especially when facing connectivity issues with wireless devices. A quick reboot might be more helpful than you think in solving your connectivity issues. Here’s our guide to help restart your iPad if you aren’t aware.

7. Ensure the nib is properly attached  

If you haven’t noticed it, the Apple Pencil has a replaceable tip. And, the tip eventually wears out with usage and needs to be replaced. Moreover, if the tip of your Apple Pencil is loose, it might lead to the Apple Pencil being unresponsive.

Rotate the tip of your Apple Pencil clockwise to fasten it to the Apple Pencil body. However, if you have lost the tip or it seems worn out, here’s our guide on Apple Pencils tip replacement and when one should do it.

8. Contact Apple Support

Like I always say, if none of the steps work out for you, the only solution is to contact Apple support. If your Apple Pencil is under AppleCare or AppleCare+ and has manufacturing defects, you might get it replaced free of cost. Nonetheless, contact Apple support or take it to an authorized Apple Store nearby.


Q. How do you reset your Apple Pencil?

Open iPad SettingsBluetooth → tap the i button beside your connected Apple Pencil → select Forget This Device → tap Forget Device to confirm your selection.  

Q. How long does the Apple Pencil last?

Apple Pencil can last up to 12 hours on a full charge.  

Q. How long does the Apple Pencil tip last?

An Apple Pencil tip can last between 6 months to 2 years, depending on your use.  

Q. Can Apple Pencil be repaired?

No. Apple Pencil is not repairable. If your device has manufacturing defects and is covered under Apple Care, Apple will look into the matter. Nonetheless, accidental damages are not covered under Apple Care, and if you have AppleCare+, you might get your Apple Pencil at a certain cost.

Q. How much does it cost to get an Apple Pencil re-paired?

Apple will charge you $29 as a service fee if you have AppleCare+ for both generations of the Apple Pencil. If your Apple Pencil is out of warranty, a repair will set you back $79 for 1st Gen Apple Pencil and $109 for 2nd Gen Apple Pencil repair.  

If you have any other doubts regarding your Apple Pencil not working, leave a comment below, and I’ll try my best to help you.

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