How to Charge Apple Pencil: A Complete Guide to Pairing, Charging, and Checking Your Fave Stylus Battery

How to Charge Apple Pencil: A Complete Guide to Pairing, Charging, and Checking Your Fave Stylus Battery
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SHARE - For fellow artists, we all truly love iPad and its awesome Apple Pencil. We can draw smoothly—and freely—on our tablets as if we’re putting pencil to paper. Plus, its infamous digital drawing application, Procreate, makes them a holy trinity amongst many digital illustrators.

As the latest iPads getting new upgrades, its stylus pencil also evolves into new generations with better features. The iconic built of the latest Apple Pencil snapping to the side of the iPad will perform the initial one-time pairing with the iPad Pro. Subsequently, it will just display a label telling you how much battery life is left, and of course, it will charge wirelessly.

You’ll find that the new Apple Pencil charge differently from the previous version. So, if you’re new to this, you’d want to know about how to charge Apple Pencil to make sure that your commissions finish without any problem! And Tripboba has got your back!

How long to charge Apple Pencil?

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Before getting down to learn about how to charge Apple Pencil, you might be curious about how long it would take the stylus to fully charge. There are two versions of the Apple Pencil, and this is especially the case of the first generation since both work differently.

But no matter which Pencil you have, you don’t have to worry since it charges quickly. You get about 30 minutes of charge in roughly 15 seconds, and the Pencil fully charges in about 15 minutes. Apple Pencil promises 12 hours of battery life and 30 minutes of usage after a 15-second quick charge by plugging it into the iPad.

How to charge Apple Pencil 2

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There are two versions of Apple Pencil; the first being Apple Pencil and the latest Apple Pencil 2. The second generation of Apple Pencil allows you to attach the Pencil's flat side to the magnetic connector at the center of the top of your iPad—the side with the volume buttons— to charge, as simple as that. 

If you don't see the charge status appear for a moment near the top of the screen, you can learn how to check Apple Pencil charge by making sure that Bluetooth is turned on. Pull down the Control Center on your iPad, ensuring the Bluetooth button is blue (or enable Bluetooth in your iPad's settings).

For some of us wondering whether there’s a way on how to charge Apple Pencil 2 without iPad, the answer is, nope, we can’t. The second generation doesn’t use the Qi wireless charging standard—instead, it uses a proprietary wireless charging that is unique to the iPad Pro. This means the Apple Pencil 2 can’t get power from the same wireless chargers as recent iPhone models.

This is one of the reasons why this stylus can’t be used with older iPad Pro models. The models from 2017 and before are unable to charge the Pencil.

How to charge Apple Pencil 1

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If you have the older version of the stylus, then how to charge Apple Pencil of this type? You just need to remove the cap from the end of the Pencil, revealing the Lightning connector, then plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad. You can also charge with a USB Power Adapter by using the Apple Pencil Charging Adapter that came with your Apple Pencil. Apple Pencil will fast charge when plugged into either power source.

Learn how to charge Apple Pencil without an adapter and iPad by charging it with your iPhone. Plug your first-generation Apple Pencil into your iPhone and swipe to see the batteries widget on the iPad. You’ll find that your stylus is charging with the lightning icon and percentage increases. Surprisingly, Apple Pencil charges super fast with this method—within a few minutes it can jump up to 5%!

If you've plugged in your Pencil but it isn't charging, your charging port might be obstructed by debris, so you’ll need to clean it properly.

You’ll be able to tell how much charge your Apple Pencil has left while you're using it by checking the Today View on your iPad. Just swipe from left to right on the Home screen or Lock screen.

If your Apple Pencil won’t charge

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In order to charge, you’ll need to pair your Apple Pencil to the iPad in the first place. So if the device failed to pair, you won’t be able to charge the battery, and it means that there’s something wrong with the devices. First, make sure to center your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) on the magnetic connector on the right edge of the iPad correctly. For an Apple Pencil (1st generation), remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad.

Restart your iPad, then try to pair again. Go to Settings, then hover to Bluetooth, making sure that Bluetooth is turned on. On the same screen, look under My Devices for your Apple Pencil. If you see it, tap the information icon. Then, tap Forget this Device.

Connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad and tap the Pair button when it appears after a few seconds.  If you don't see the Pair button, wait for one minute while your Apple Pencil charges. Then try connecting your Apple Pencil again and wait until you see the Pair button.

Contact Apple Support if you still don’t see the Pair button.


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