Apple Pencil Not Working? Here’s How to Fix it

Apple Pencil makes drawing, sketching, and writing easy and precise on the iPad. With iPadOS 14, you can scribble with it in the address bar, spotlight search, and elsewhere. However, if Apple’s stylus sometimes fails to respond, follow the straightforward solutions to fix the Apple Pencil not working issue.

  1. Battery Check
  2. Check Apple Pencil Compatibility With iPad
  3. Make Sure Bluetooth is Turned ON
  4. Reboot Your iPad
  5. Re-Pair the Apple Pencil
  6. Check the Apple Pencil Nib
  7. App Doesn’t Support Apple Pencil
  8. Contact Apple Support

1. Battery Check

The first thing is to ensure that the Apple Pencil has enough charge. To check the battery, make sure it is connected with the iPad. If Batteries Widget is kept on the Home Screen, you can see the battery percentage here. Or, swipe right of the first Home Screen, to view the status in the Batteries widget.

If you have not added this widget to the Today View, here is how to do that.

2. Check Apple Pencil Compatibility With iPad

Next, it is essential to ensure that both the Apple Pencil and the iPad are compatible with each other.

Apple Pencil (1st Generation) Compatible iPads

    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
    • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
    • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
    • iPad Air (3rd generation)
    • iPad (7th generation)
    • iPad (6th generation)
    • iPad mini (5th generation)

Apple Pencil (2nd Generation) Compatible iPads

    • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later
    • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later

If you are unsure about which iPad model you have, you can check that here. And if your Apple Pencil has a lightning connector at the end (remove the cap), then it is a 1st Generation model. If it charges via the magnetic connector, this means it is a 2nd Generation Apple Pencil.

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3. Make Sure Bluetooth is Turned ON

Open the Settings app on your iPad and ensure that the toggle for Bluetooth is turned on. Next, tap on it and see if Apple Pencil is connected or not.

check bluetooth is enabled on ipad

4. Reboot Your iPad

Sometimes connectivity problems can be fixed easily by restarting the iPad. To do so, use the buttons or open the Settings app → GeneralShut Down. After a minute, switch on the device.

5. Re-Pair the Apple Pencil

  1. Open the Settings app and tap on Bluetooth.
  2. Tap on “i” next to Apple Pencil.open settings tap on bluetooth and tap on i next to connected apple pencil on ipad
  3. Tap on Forget This DeviceForget Device.tap on forget this device in bluetooth settings on ipadtap on forget device to disconnect apple pencil on ipad
  4. Now, let us pair it again.

On 1st Gen Apple Pencil, remove the cap and plug it into the iPad’s lightning port. Next, tap on Pair.

tap on pair to reconnect apple pencil with ipad

On 2nd Generation Apple Pencil, attach it to the magnetic connector, which is on the side of the iPad.

connect 2nd generation apple pencil with ipad

6. Check the Apple Pencil Nib

If the tip of your Apple Pencil seems loose, you can tighten it by rotating it gently in a clockwise direction.

If the tip seems worn out, replace it with a new one that came in the box (or you can buy four tips for $19 from Apple).

To replace the tip, gently unscrew it in an anti-clockwise direction. Next, attach the new tip by rotating it in a clockwise direction.

7. App Doesn’t Support Apple Pencil

It is also essential to ensure that the app you are trying to use, supports Apple Pencil. Apple Notes app and other note-taking apps from reputed developers are compatible with Apple Pencil.

Most applications mention it in the app description. In the ‘Today’ section of the App Store, Apple also regularly recommends apps that work great with Apple Pencil. Finally, we also have a list of the best apps that support Apple Pencil that you must check out.

apple pencil supported apps in app store on ipad

In case you are unsure, you can contact the app developer and ask them if their app works with Apple Pencil or not…

8. Contact Apple Support

At last, if nothing works, it is time to reach Apple Support. Depending on the situation and warranty, they may replace it for free.

Signing off…

These are some of the possible fixes for situations when Apple Pencil does not work. I hope one of them worked for you and did the job. Additionally, if you are interested, you may take a look at our list of best iPad Pro Stylus.

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