Top models of Apple tablets can work with branded styluses. Moreover, two generations of this accessory have already been released. It clearly expands the number of possible scenarios for using the iPad, making it a living canvas for artists or simply allowing you to take notes. However, the interaction of the tablet with the Apple Pencil is not always smooth. Sometimes iPad may stop seeing the stylus. It either disappears from the Action Center, or does not respond in applications, or does not turn on at all. What to do in this case? There is no universal answer, but there are several recipes that can help in this unpleasant situation.
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Apple Pencil and iPad Compatibility
To begin with, it is worth clarifying which stylus models are compatible with which iPad models.
The first generation Apple Pencil will be able to work with:
- iPad Pro: 12.9 inches (first and second generation), 10.5 and 9.7 inches;
- iPad (6-9 generation);
- iPad Air 3;
- iPad mini 5.
The second generation Apple Pencil will be able to work with:
- iPad Pro 12.9 3rd generation or later
- iPad Air 4 and newer;
- iPad Pro 11.
Now you can see if your stylus is compatible with your iPad at all. If everything is in order, then it is time to investigate other probable causes.
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How to pair (pair) Apple Pencil 1 (1st generation) to iPad
Turn on Bluetooth on iPad (Settings → Bluetooth). To connect the first-generation Apple Pencil to your tablet, you need to remove the cap from the stylus and connect the accessory to the Lightning connector.
A button should appear on the tablet screen. “Create a pair”, click it.
Note: Pairing with Apple Pencil persists until you restart iPad, turn on airplane mode, or pair with another iPad. If necessary, just pair it again.
How to pair (pair) Apple Pencil 2 (2nd generation) to iPad
Turn on Bluetooth on iPad (Settings -> Bluetooth)… To pair a second-generation Apple Pencil with an iPad, simply place the stylus on the right side of the tablet, where the accessory will immediately be attached to the connector.
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If you can’t pair your Apple Pencil with iPad
Reconnect Apple Pencil to iPad
1. Make sure the Apple Pencil (2nd generation) is attached to the magnetic connector on the right side of the iPad, centered. If you have an Apple Pencil (1st generation), remove the cap and insert the Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on iPad.
2. Restart iPad (Settings → General → Disable) and try pairing again.
3. Follow the path Settings → Bluetooth and make sure the bluetooth function. If the list of devices in the section “My devices” Apple Pencil is displayed, click “I” and select Forget this device…
4. Connect Apple Pencil to iPad and press the button “Create a pair”which should appear in a few seconds. If the button “Create a pair” does not appear, wait a couple of minutes for the Apple Pencil to charge a little. Then reconnect Apple Pencil and wait until the button appears. “Create a pair”…
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Check Apple Pencil battery power
This seems like a very simple problem, yet it can happen quite unexpectedly. The battery built into the stylus may be discharged. In this case, you need to connect the Apple Pencil to the charger and leave it in this state for at least an hour. Then try using the stylus again. If such a measure does not help, then it is worth advising you to resort to using another charging source, for example, from another tablet.
To enable the display of the iPad battery charge (in the status menu) as a percentage and connected accessories (for example, AirPods, Apple Pencil and others), add a widget “Batteries” to the Home screen (instructions).
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Replace stylus tip
Problems can occur due to the worn out tip of the stylus. This will affect the unstable operation of the device or even its failure. A similar problem may well happen – after some time, especially due to active work with the accessory, the tip will be erased. This problem can be solved by replacing not the entire device, but only part of it. Tips can be purchased from both Apple and other manufacturers.
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Apple Pencil hardware breakdown
In the end, it may happen that the Apple Pencil corny physically breaks. If you see obvious damage on it and the stylus cannot connect to the iPad, then you need to get ready to replace the stylus. It will hardly be possible to fix it. However, there are accessories of this kind not only from Apple on the market, but also budget counterparts, including those with the ability to be magnetised to the iPad case.
And if the above tips did not help you, then all that remains is to contact a trusted service center for help.