How to Connect Apple Pencil to iPad Without Plugging

In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to connect Apple Pencil to your iPad without using the charging port.

The Apple Pencil is a remarkable tool that enhances the iPad experience by providing precise input for drawing, note-taking, and more.

While the traditional method of connecting the Apple Pencil involves plugging it into the iPad’s charging port, there’s an alternative way to pair and connect it wirelessly.

Connect Apple Pencil to iPad – Compatibility

Before attempting to connect the Apple Pencil wirelessly to your iPad, make sure you have a compatible Apple Pencil for your iPad model.

Make sure your iPad’s operating system is up to date. Running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS ensures optimal compatibility with the Apple Pencil.

Steps How to Connect Apple Pencil to iPad Wirelessly

Follow these steps to pair and connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad without plugging it in:

Step 1 – Place the Apple Pencil on the iPad’s Side For iPads that support wireless pairing, such as the models mentioned above, the magnetic side of the Apple Pencil will automatically snap onto the iPad’s side.

  • Identify the magnetic edge of the Apple Pencil. This is the flat side of the Pencil that does not have any buttons or connectors.
  • Place the magnetic edge of the Apple Pencil against the side of your iPad. The Pencil will automatically snap into place when it aligns with the magnetic area on the iPad.

Step 2 – Confirm the Connection. Once the Apple Pencil is attached to the iPad, the device will recognize the Pencil and initiate the pairing process.

  • The iPad will prompt you to pair the Apple Pencil via Bluetooth. Tap “Pair” to confirm the connection.
  • Once the Apple Pencil is successfully paired, you will see a notification confirming the connection. Your Apple Pencil is now ready to use wirelessly with your iPad.

What should I do if the Apple Pencil doesn’t connect wirelessly?

If your Apple Pencil doesn’t connect wirelessly, try the following steps:

  • Remove the Apple Pencil from the iPad and reattach it, ensuring a proper magnetic connection.
  • Restart your iPad to refresh the Bluetooth connections.
  • Update your iPad’s software to the latest version.
  • If the issue persists, you can pair the Apple Pencil manually by plugging it into the iPad’s charging port.

Apple Pencil Compatibility

Apple Pencil 1 and 2 can not be used interchangeably. Each of the 2 Pencils will only work with specific iPad models.

Apple Pencil 1st generation works with older iPad models but not new ones. New models will work with Apple Pencil 2nd generation.

iPads Compatible with Apple Pencil 1st generation

Below is a list of iPads compatible with the first generation of iPads.

  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch

iPads Compatible with Apple Pencil 2nd generation

ModelApple Pencil 2 Compatibility
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Air (4th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Air (5th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Mini (6th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 11-inch (4th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (6th gen)Apple Pencil 2 Compatible

Conclusion

Connecting your Apple Pencil to your iPad without plugging it in is a convenient and seamless process that allows you to start using the Pencil right away.

By following the simple steps outlined in this guide, you can pair your Apple Pencil wirelessly and enjoy its precision and versatility for various creative and productivity tasks on your iPad.

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FAQ

Can I still charge the Apple Pencil wirelessly if it’s connected to the iPad?

Yes, you can. When the Apple Pencil is magnetically attached to the iPad, it wirelessly charges automatically. Charging will occur as long as the iPad is charged and has sufficient battery power.

How do I know if my Apple Pencil is charging wirelessly?

When the Apple Pencil is attached to the iPad, you can check the charging status in the iPad’s Notification Center. Swipe down from the top-right corner of the iPad’s screen to access the Notification Center. Look for the Apple Pencil’s battery status under the Batteries section.

How do I connect my Apple Pencil to my iPad wirelessly?

Make sure the Bluetooth is on. Choose Settings Bluetooth toggle Forget Device. Tap the Pair button to connect with the iPad.