How To Connect Apple Pencil To An iPad (Guide)

Connect Apple Pencil To An iPad

Are you looking to connect Apple Pencil with your iPad? If yes, then you have came to the right place. In this guide we will show you how you can pair your Apple Pencil 2nd generation and Apple Pencil 1st generation to your iPad.

In addition to showing you steps on connecting Apple Pencil to iPad, we will also help you in solving the issue in which Apple Pencil won’t connect to iPad.

Apple Pencil Compatibility list

Before we start with the pairing process it is important to make sure that you have the right Apple Pencil for your iPad.

iPads that support Apple Pencil 2nd generation are not compatible with the original Apple Pencil and vice versa. So you will need the correct Pencil model in order to pair.

iPads that are compatible with Apple Pencil 2nd generation:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch 3rd generation and later
  • iPad Pro 11-inch 1st generation and later
  • iPad Air 4th generation
  • iPad mini 6th generation

All other models that includes iPad 6 or later, all models of iPad Pro and iPad Air 3 are compatible with Apple Pencil 1st generation.

Pair Apple Pencil 2nd Generation with iPad

In order to connect Apple Pencil 2nd generation with your iPad simply perform the following step.

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

Pair Apple Pencil 1st Generation with iPad

You can connect Apple Pencil 1st Generation to iPad by following these steps.

  1. Remove the cap from back of the Apple Pencil.
  2. Plug the Pencil in iPad’s Lightning port.
  3. Tap on the Pair button from the prompt.

Apple Pencil won’t Pair with iPad – Solution

Are you facing the issue where Apple Pencil won’t pair with iPad? Don’t worry as you can fix this issue quite easily.

Apple Pencil 2nd generation won’t pair with iPad – Solutions

Apple Pencil won't Pair with iPad
  1. When connecting Apple Pencil 2nd generation to the magnetic connector make sure you center the Pencil on the magnetic connector located on the right edge of the iPad.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on by going to Settings -> Bluetooth.
  3. Restart your iPad and try the pairing process again.
  4. If the problem persists but Apple Pencil shows up in list of devices on Settings -> Bluetooth, then tap on the ‘i’ button located next to Apple Pencil’s name and from the next page tap on Forget device. Then after waiting for few seconds try the pairing process again.
  5. If Apple Pencil does not connect right away, then leave it connected to the iPad so it can recharge for 2 minutes and then try the pairing process again.

Apple Pencil 1st generation won’t pair with iPad – Solutions

Apple Pencil won't Pair with iPad
  1. When connecting Pencil to the iPad make sure you connect it to the iPad’s lightning port correctly. Also make sure your iPad’s lightning port is clean.
  2. Make sure Bluetooth is turned on by going to Settings -> Bluetooth.
  3. Restart your iPad and try the pairing process again.
  4. If the problem persists but Apple Pencil shows up in list of devices on Settings -> Bluetooth, then tap on the ‘i’ button located next to Apple Pencil’s name and from the next page tap on Forget device. Then after waiting for few seconds try the pairing process again.
  5. If Apple Pencil does not connect right away, then leave it connected to the iPad so it can recharge for 2 minutes and then try the pairing process again.

There you go folks, this is how you can connect Apple Pencil to iPad. We also showed you how you can solve Apple Pencil won’t pair issues with your device.

If you have any questions regarding this guide, then let us know in the comments below.


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