How To Connect Apple Pencil To iPad. All Generations

Apple iPad users have discovered that this handy mobile device opens up a world of possibilities. You can do pretty much anything. Whether you want to play the best iPad games for solid entertainment or focus on your work. However, if you’ve been thinking about getting an Apple Pencil because you’re artistic, we recommend you do so. Perhaps you’ve already purchased one and want to connect it to your iPad. So, whether you’re a new Apple Pencil user looking to connect it to your iPad or an old one looking for new tricks, you’ll find them all here. Continue reading to find out more.


How to Connect The Apple Pencil to iPad

While we will cover how to connect your Apple Pencil to the iPad, we will also cover how to charge it, quick diagnostics, and even tricks you can use. If you already know what you want, skip to it in the table below.

Apple Pencil Compatibility List For iPads

If you came across this article before purchasing an Apple Pencil, you’re in luck. Depending on your iPad model, you may require either the first or second generation Apple Pencil. To avoid making a mistake, review the list below and select the correct Apple Pencil to connect to your iPad.

Apple Pencil 1st Generation

  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch

Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

The following iPad models are compatible with the 2nd Gen Apple Pencil:

  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation) and later
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation) and later

Now that you’ve figured out where you’re going, make sure to buy the correct Apple Pencil so you can connect and start it with your iPad.

How to Connect the First Generation Apple Pencil

We’ll start by showing you how to connect the first-generation Apple Pencil to your iPad. We will use a lightning connector because the first generation relies on it. To do so, follow the steps below:

1. Remove the back cap from your Apple Pencil to expose the lightning output.


2. Insert the Apple Pencil into the lightning connector on your iPad. It’s the same one you’ve been using to charge it.

3. A pop-up box similar to the one shown below will appear. Simply tap Pair and you’re finally finished!

As long as your iPad is not restarted, in Airplane mode, or connected to another iPad, the Apple Pencil will remain connected. If any of this occurs, simply repeat the steps above to reconnect it.

How to Connect the Apple Pencil 2nd Generation

Accordingly, the newer, more feature-rich 2nd generation Apple Pencil is actually easier to pair with an iPad. We’ll be using the magnetic connector on the iPad for this. Simply follow the steps outlined below:

  1. Using your Apple Pencil, attach it to the side of your iPad. The onboard magnetic connector will keep it in place.
  2. An Apple Pencil overlay will appear, along with a message instructing you to connect it to your iPad. Simply press the Connect button, and you’re done!

As you can see, connecting the 2nd generation Apple Pencil to the iPad is a breeze. Remember to repeat the previous steps if it becomes disconnected.

Can’t get the Apple Pencil to work with the iPad? Try These Suggestions

Don’t worry if you can’t connect either generation of Apple Pencil to your iPad. There’s a good chance you’re missing some obvious steps. Check out the tips we’ve provided below to ensure you’re not doing anything incorrectly.

1. Check that Bluetooth is turned on.

The Apple Pencil is dependent on a Bluetooth connection that must be kept active at all times. If you don’t use Bluetooth devices, you may have accidentally turned it off. To connect the Apple Pencil to your iPad, make sure Bluetooth is turned on. Turning on Bluetooth on your iPad is as simple as going to Settings > Bluetooth and toggling it on. Repeat this process.

2. Check that the Apple Pencil is charged.

As obvious as it may sound, you may have neglected to charge your Apple Pencil before connecting it to your iPad. Apple Pencil needs to be at least 50% charged before connecting it to the iPad. Continue reading to find out how to charge either generation of Apple Pencil.

3. Connector Damages

While the chances of this happening are extremely low, the lightning connectors on your Pencil or iPad may become damaged. To check for damage, simply close your eyes and inspect for any chipped metal on the Pencil’s output tip. Also, try shining a flashlight into the iPad’s lightning connector to see if anything has become lodged there. However, if there is, do not attempt to repair it yourself. You can take it to an Apple Repair Center right away.

4. Be careful not to insert the pencil the wrong way.

While the first-generation Pencil is simple to insert into the iPad, issues do arise from time to time. Do not force it if you are unable to connect the Pencil to your iPad due to a damaged side or because it does not fit all the way in. If you’re having trouble with the Pencil or the iPad, take both devices to an Apple Store and ask the executives for assistance. Failure to do so may result in costly damage to your devices.

Have Fun by Connecting Your Apple Pencil to Your iPad

That’s how you easily connect your Apple Pencil to your iPad. Although the first-generation Apple Pencil is simple to pair, the new second-generation Apple Pencil makes pairing even simpler and more seamless.