Use Apple Pencil with your iPad or iPad Pro

Learn how to pair and use your Apple Pencil.

Pair your Apple Pencil (2nd generation) with your iPad

Attach your Apple Pencil to the magnetic connector on the side of your iPad Pro, like this:

Learn what to do if you can't pair or connect your Apple Pencil.

Pair your Apple Pencil (1st generation) with your iPad

Remove the cap and plug your Apple Pencil into the Lightning connector on your iPad.

When you see the Pair button, tap it.

After you pair your Apple Pencil, it will stay paired until you restart your iPad, turn on Airplane Mode or pair with another iPad. Just pair your Apple Pencil again when you're ready to use it.

Learn what to do if you can't pair or connect your Apple Pencil.

Use Apple Pencil

You can use Apple Pencil to write, mark up and draw with built-in apps and apps from the App Store. With some apps, like Notes, you can draw and sketch with an Apple Pencil.

With iPadOS, move the redesigned tool palette around the screen or minimise it so you have more space to draw and sketch. Use the ruler tool to create straight lines, then rotate them with your fingers. Made a mistake? Now you can erase by object or even by pixel. 

To draw or sketch in the Notes app:

  1. Open Notes.
  2. Tap  to start a new note.
  3. To draw, tap .  If you don't see upgrade your notes. To sketch, tap .
  4. Start your drawing or sketch. You can choose from several drawing tools and colours, and switch to the eraser if you make a mistake. Double-tap the eraser to view erasing options on your iPad. When you draw or sketch, you can tilt your Apple Pencil to shade a line and press more firmly to darken the line. 

If you draw near the edge of the screen with your Apple Pencil, iOS and iPadOS won't activate Control Centre, Notification Centre or Multitasking. You can draw anywhere on the screen without getting interrupted.

Double-tap Apple Pencil (2nd generation)

On an Apple Pencil (2nd generation), you can double-tap the lower section of Apple Pencil to quickly switch back to the tool you used last. To change your settings for double-tap, go to Settings > Apple Pencil, then choose between:

  • Switch between current tool and eraser
  • Switch between current tool and last used
  • Show colour palette
  • Off

Double-tap only works in supported apps, like Notes.

If your Apple Pencil won't pair with your iPad

  1. Make sure that you centre your Apple Pencil on the magnetic connector on the right edge of the iPad.
  2. Restart your iPad, then try to pair again.
  3. Go to Settings > Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is turned on.
  4. On the same screen, look under My Devices for your Apple Pencil. If you see it, tap . Then tap Forget this Device.
  5. Connect your Apple Pencil in to your iPad and tap the Pair button when it appears after a few seconds. 
  6. 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.
  7. If you still don’t see the Pair button, contact Apple Support.

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