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Apple Pencil is a superb tool for your iPad, whether you use it for handwritten notes or designing works. It comes in two models i.e., the 1st Generation and the 2nd Generation, and both of them connect smoothly with compatible iPad devices. In this article, we will explain to you how to connect your Apple Pencil with your iPad effortlessly.

Check Compatibility

There are currently two models of Apple Pencil and both work with specific models of iPad. Please check and confirm from the below list, whether your Apple Pencil is compatible with your iPad or not.

Apple Pencil, 1st Gen is compatible with:

  • iPad (6th, 7th, 8th & 9th Gen)
  • iPad Air (3rd Gen)
  • iPad mini (5th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st & 2nd Gen)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple Pencil, 2nd Gen is compatible with:

  • iPad mini (6th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 inch (3rd, 4th & 5th Gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 inch (1st, 2nd & 3rd Gen)
  • iPad Air (4th & 5th Gen)

Connect Apple Pencil (1st Gen) to iPad

The 1st Gen Apple Pencil has a Lighting connector with which it pairs with the iPad and also charges itself. To connect your Apple Pencil (1st Gen) follow these steps:

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your device.
  2. Remove the Cap from the back of your Apple Pencil, and Plug it into the Lighting Port on your iPad device.
  3. Within a few seconds, you will see a Pairing request will appear on your device screen.
  4. Tap on Pair to connect the device with the Apple Pencil.
  5. It is now connected.
  6. Unplug the device from the port, put on the cap back on the Apple Pencil, and start working with it.

We would suggest you allow the Pencil to charge for some time before unplugging it. An Apple Pencil, once connected, will stay connected until the device is turned to Airplane Mode, or Restarted, or the Pencil is paired with another device.

Connect Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) to iPad

The 2nd Gen Apple Pencil is easier to pair with the iPad. There is no port, it connects wirelessly unlike the 1st Gen Apple Pencil where in we had to plug into the lightning port for pairing. This has a magnetic connector with which it latches itself to the edge of the iPad, and you can do the charging and pairing both from here. To connect your Apple Pencil (2nd Gen) follow these steps:

  1. Enable Bluetooth on your device.
  2. Hold your iPad vertically.
  3. Attach the Apple Pencil to the side of the device with a magnetic connector.
  4. Wait for the Pairing request dialog box to show on your screen.
  5. Tap on Pair to connect the device with the Apple Pencil.
  6. It is now connected.

We would suggest you allow the Pencil to charge for some time. An Apple Pencil, once connected, will stay connected until the device is turned to Airplane Mode, or Restarted, or the Pencil is paired with another device.

How to Reconnect Apple Pencil with iPad

An Apple Pencil may get disconnected with your iPad for any reason be it you turned your device to Airplane Mode, or you Restarted your device, or maybe you paired your Pencil with another device. In such a case, you will have to reconnect your Apple Pencil again using one of the above methods depending upon your Apple Pencil model.

What to do if the Apple Pencil is failing to Connect with the Device

If your Apple Pencil is failing to connect with your iPad device, we suggest you try one or more of the following troubleshooting methods:

Method #1: Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your device.

Method #2: It may be possible that the Apple Pencil is low on battery, allow it to charge properly and then try to pair the device.

Method #3: Restart the iPad device and try to connect the Apple Pencil again.

Method #4: For the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil, make sure it is attached to the magnetic connector properly.

Method #5: Open the Bluetooth settings, if you see your Apple Pencil, then tap on it, click Forget this Device and try to re-connect it again.

Conclusion

Apple Pencil is a very convenient and useful tool for designers. In this article, we explained that there are two models of Pencil and we must ensure we buy the right model for the right iPad device we want to use. Then the step-by-step guide to connecting and re-connect the Pencil. And at the last few tips to troubleshoot if the Pencil is not connecting. We hope you found this article helpful.

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