How to fix an Apple Pencil not working

In this article, I will show you How to fix an Apple Pencil not working Generally, Apple products have a minimal approach without too many complicated buttons and dials. 

For this reason you have limited options to try when your Apple Pencil suddenly stops working. This can be quite frustrating.

Sometimes the reason why your Apple Pencil is nor working may be because it is out of charge and needs recharging. 

Before we explain How to fix the problem however, here are some of the common problems that may be the cause.

Why is my Apple Pencil not working?

Here are some common reasons why your Apple Pencil may not be working

  1. Out of Charge
  2. Bluetooth is off
  3. Mechanical Problems
  4. Misconfiguration
  5. Compatibility issues

How to fix an Apple Pencil that’s not working?

Now that you have an idea on some common issues, here is how to fix them.

  1. Charge the Pen
  2. Turn on Bluetooth
  3. Check for Mechanical problems
  4. Disconnect and reconnect
  5. Check your iPad Pencil’s compatibility

Charge the Pen

If your pen is low on charge, the only solution is to charge it. If you are using Apple Pencil 2, the pen must connect to the tablet’s magnetic area on the body to charge.

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You can also connect it to the tablet to confirm how much charge is available on the pen.

If you are using Apple Pencil 1, just disconnect the top lid and insert the top end into your iPad.

Turn on Bluetooth

Apple Pencil connects to your iPad on a bluetooth connection. If your tablet’s bluetooth is off, your Pen may not work well.

To turn on your Bluetooth go to settings>Bluetooth then toggle Bluetooth on.  Place the Apple Pencil 2 on the charge area to connect.

Mechanical Problems

Sometimes Pen Nib is not Screwed in properly. This may cause your pen not to work well.To fix this just remove it and slowly screw it in properly.


To solve this you need to remove and then reconnect your device. To do this go to Settings > Bluetooth

Choose the Apple Pencil from your connected devices. Select the forget device option. This process is for both Apple Pencil generations. Select OK to finish removing. 

How to install Apple Pencil 1 and 2

To install, place the Apple Pencil 2 on the charging area or for Apple Pencil 1 insert into your iPad. 

A pop up window will come up prompting you to connect the pen and iPad.

Compatibility issues

The final reason why your Apple Pencil may not be working is compatibility. Apple Pencil 1 and 2 can not be used interchangeably. 

Those iPads that work with Apple Pencil 2 can not work with Apple Pencil 1 and vice versa.

We have prepared a list to guide on which iPads work with Apple Pencil 1 and those that only work with Apple Pencil 2.

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